Het Steen and The Antwerp Story

A historic castle with city museum and tourist office

As the oldest preserved building in the city, this historic castle has stood witness to centuries of transformation, from its medieval roots to its current role as a captivating Visitor Centre. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a culture seeker, or simply a curious traveler, Het Steen promises an immersive experience that sets the stage for your exploration of Antwerp.

A Glimpse into History

Het Steen’s history is as diverse as its architecture, having served as a castle, prison, residence, and now a dynamic Visitor Centre. This enchanting location has been lovingly renovated, ensuring that its age-old charm is complemented by modern amenities.

The Antwerp Story Museum

Venture inside Het Steen to discover “The Antwerp Story,” an immersive experience that takes you on a captivating multimedia journey through the city’s past and present. Through interactive rooms and multimedia presentations, you’ll delve into the history of Antwerp, exploring its districts, museums, and the vibrant lives of its inhabitants.

Visitor Centre

Start your journey at the Visitor Centre, where friendly multilingual staff are ready to assist you with maps, attraction information, and tour tickets. Immerse yourself in Antwerp souvenirs, local delicacies, and intriguing gadgets while gazing upon a piece of history – a section of the ancient castle wall.

Panoramic Roof Terrace

For an awe-inspiring panorama, climb the tower to Het Steen’s roof terrace. Feast your eyes on breathtaking views of the Scheldt River, the city, and the bustling port. This vantage point is particularly captivating during cruise ship departures and arrivals.

The statue of De Gulle Waard

The statue of “De Gulle Waard” standing in front of Het Steen is a captivating homage to the historical spirit of Antwerp. This bronze sculpture portrays a generous figure pouring coins from his hands, symbolizing the city’s heritage as a prosperous trading hub. The statue’s presence is a reminder of Antwerp’s economic significance and the enduring spirit of hospitality that has defined the city throughout its vibrant history.

Getting There

Het Steen is conveniently positioned along the Scheldt River in Antwerp, Belgium, and can be accessed via tram and bus services,


Steenplein 1, 2000
Antwerpen, Belgium
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Hours and Fees


Monday – Sunday: 10:00-18:00


1 January and 25 December


Your admission is free if you have Antwerp City Pass.

entrance of het steen and tourist information center: Free

The Antwerp Story
Adults (26 years old and older): € 7
Young Adults (6-18 years old): € 5
Children (up to 5 years old) :Free


Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed, except for guide dogs and other certified assistance dogs.