Get to know our thematic walks
Look at the city from a completely different angle
Besides walks through the most interesting quarters of town, Antwerpen à la Carte also offers you walks around a particular theme.
For 2022 we developed a tour around caring. Just admit it, caring for one another has never been so urgent.
2021 the city celebrated its 800th birthday: exactly 800 years earlier it received its city rights. Something we didn’t let go by unnoticed. On the contrary, we made 2 different tours.
In 2020 we celebrated the 500th birthday of Christopher Plantin. In a very troublesome period he turned Antwerp into a center of book printing and in that way laid a foundation for Antwerp City of Books.
2019 we celebrated Gilbert Van Schoonbeke, one of the most important urbanists the city has ever known.
In 2018 we developed a Baroquewalk, which you can still book of course. Whenever you think Antwerp, you think Rubens, and if you think Rubens, you think Baroque. That’s why.
Of course we cannot miss out on our nations. Our world harbour wouldn’t have become what it is now, without the efforts of these ‘nations’. If you want to know more of the history of the port of Antwerp, we are there to tell you the story.
2022: The city takes care of you
Corona has taught us, in recent years, the importance of a well developed health care.
So as not to forget this, we worked out a tour that takes you along places that witness ‘care’ now and then.
2022: the city takes care of you
Recent years have been, to say the least, special. Through all the difficulties we faced, one thing became especially clear: the importance of a good system of health and social care. This led us to wander through the city, looking for spots that reminded us of how cities used to care for their inhabitants, and how we tackle the problem now.
2021: 800 years of city rights
In February 1221, exactly 800 years ago Antwerp received its charter from the hands of Duke Henry I of Brabant.
We celebrate this event with a double offering.
In the middle of the 16th century a French bookbinder came to Antwerp and pretty soon he started printing and publisching books. His print shop soon grew out to be one of the first industrial enterprises.
As we walk through the city we can discuss the importance of the printing press and this gentleman Plantin.
2019: Gilbert Van Schoonbeke
1519 Gilbert Van Schoonbeke was born a bastard of a rich merchant of the same name. This rather cumbersome background did not refrain Gilbert from becoming the most important urbanist of his time.
We’d gladly take you along some of his realisations.
2018: Baroque City
Antwerp and Rubens can not be separated. Economically, Rubens’ era might have been a bit lower than the Golden Age that preceded it. For that reason some talk of a Silver Age, but as far as art was concerned, the baroque period was a blooming time.
During the tour we will of course also pass present day examples of baroque influences.
City of Mary
In coöperation with Kruis en Beeld we’re happy to organise for you a walk along some of the most beautiful madonna statues that are spread all over town.
Nations, an organization that finds its roots in medieval guilds, play a central role in the Antwerp harbour. Of course, the nature of these organizations has changed over the centuries. And if you want to know more about living and working in a harbourtown, we’re glad to take you on tow.