You’ll find Grote Markt, the old market square, right in the center of the old city district. Historic guildhalls line the edge of the square, flanking the impressive structure of Antwerp’s city hall. A statue of the mythical Roman soldier Silvius Brabo stands in the middle of it all, portrayed mid-throw as he tosses the severed hand of a slain giant. In the old legends, this is said to be how Antwerp got its name (hand werpen, or ‘hand throw’). The Grote Markt is a hub of architecture, history, and folklore, so be sure to stop by when you’re wandering through old city.
Watch out for: The seasonal Christmas market