Trip to Antwerp & Machelen + Atomium

  • Mo · Fr · Su
  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Round trip
  • English guide

Lose yourself in the stylish atmosphere of Antwerp and visit the great square of Mechelen, centuries-old palaces and majestic churches.

  • Brabo's fountain in the Antwerp market square
    Brabo's fountain in the Antwerp market square
  • Aerial view of Mechelen
    Aerial view of Mechelen
  • Keyserlei street in Antwerp
    Keyserlei street in Antwerp
  • Grand Place (or Grote Markt in Dutck), Mechelen
    Grand Place (or Grote Markt in Dutck), Mechelen
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If you are planning to visit Brussels, you cannot lose the chance to discover the beer and diamonds cities with BD City Tours avoiding public transportation issues. Get involved in the commercial influence of the third largest maritime harbour of Europe with our English-speaking guide and let yourself be guided through the smooth streets, colourful houses and elegant squares.

The perfect combining tour if you have already visited Bruges!

Itinerary of the day trip to Antwerp & Mechelen + Atomium

Departure at 08:30 am from the centre of Brussels, and transfer to the majestic town of Antwerp, where the locals are named "sinjoren", the gentlemen. Enjoy one of the most artistic cities in Europe with an English-speaking guide, and discover why all merchants were attracted by this city. 

You will have 1h30 as free time for lunch after the guided tour so as to explore the city as you please. Our guides will recommend you some of the exclusive shops, where you will find the best Belgium fries, and pop into some of the legendary diamonds workshops.

What are we going to visit in Antwerp?

  • Steenplein

with the skyline and the river on the background, you will enjoy a small introduction to the history of the city.

  • Steen Castle

Steen in Dutch means stone, here you will be explained the history of the building that protects the access to the city from from Scalda river .

  • Grote Markt

In this emblematic square, we will discover the Town Hall, the different guild houses and the legend behind the sculpture of Standbeeld van Brabo.

  • St Borromeo Charles Church

The church is known for its Baroque architecture and for Rubens influence, who contributed to the decorations on the facade.

  • Cathedral of Our Lady

The Cathedral is an impressive treasury, with stunning collection of several art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens.

  • Groenplaats

The square is one of the most prominent places of the city. It is located near the old cathedral and it has become the current “Green Square”.

  • Meir

Here you will find some incredible buildings along with the most important shopping areas in the country of Belgium.

  • The Chocolate Line Meir

It is an historic building, now back in full glory, where you can taste pralines. You will also discover some peculiar stories related to the founder of the shop.

After visiting Antwerp, we will explore Mechelen, the old capital of the Flemish Netherlands. This is a destination that you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Belgium, since it is a small gem close to Brussels. After the guided tour, you will have 1h30 as free time to explore the city as you please.

What are we going to visit in Machelen?

  •  Grote Markt

The main square of Mechelen is its Grand place. Surrounded by beautiful buildings and crossroads, without a doubt this square is one of the places from which we can obtain one of the most beautiful images of the city.

  • St Rumbold’s Cathedral

One of the most impressive churches in Belgium, a must see in Mechelen.

  • Palace of Margaret of Parma

One of the most important and most beloved women in Mechelen is Margaret of Parma, aunt of Carlos V and governor of the city. That is why her palace is one of the most visited places in Mechelen. The guide will tell you some of the stories of the characters, curious and important in equal parts, who once passed through here.

  • Hof Van Busleyden Museum

The best way to learn about the importance of imprinting and Burgundian history is to visit the Hof Van Busleyden Museum, in the palace of the same name. Works of art interactive panels show us what life was like during the most fruitful years of this city.

  • Mechelen Beguinaries

In Mechelen there are two beguinaries, a large one and a small one. The fact that they are two of the best preserved beguinaries allows us to stroll through its streets and immerse ourselves in an atmosphere of silence and seclusion, in the same way that its first inhabitants must have done. The stop at the beguinaries is one of the most admired place of our English guided tour.

  • Het Anker Museum

Where can you drink authentic Belgian beer? If you are traveling through the country, you have asked yourself that question many times. The place where the famous Belgian Golden Carolus beer is made, many generations ago.

Meeting Point

At Carrefour de l’Europe, under the columns of the main entrance of the station Brussel-Centraal, in front of the Hilton Grand Place hotel.

Look for our guides, with the English flag in a black umbrella. You will also see the logo of Buendia Tours.

Address: Carrefour de l'Europe, 1000 Bruxelles, Bélgica


  • Availability

    Jul 1 to Sep 15

    • 8:30 h - Monday, Friday and Sunday
  • Duration

    • 9h30 approx
  • Included

    • English guide
    • Round trip
  • Language

    • English
  • Price

    • General: 35 €
    • Between 12 & 26 years old: 32 €
    • Over 65 years old: 29 €
    • Under 12 years old: Free
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Free of charges until 48 hours.
    • 50% charges between 24 and 48 hours.
    • Within 24 hours or No show, no refund will be purchased

Rules and advices

Try to be on time, better some minutes before the scheduled time.

We all have to respect the timetable and we cannot be late.