Vito's Guidebook to Antwerpen

Vito

Vito's Guidebook to Antwerpen

Food Scene
Home-roasted coffee goodness and a good place to hang or work just around the corner.
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Normo
30 Minderbroedersrui
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Home-roasted coffee goodness and a good place to hang or work just around the corner.
Another wonderfully cozy coffee bar across the door.
Koffieklap
41 Klapdorp
Another wonderfully cozy coffee bar across the door.
A great pizza place to sit down. It boasts an innovative menu and does surprisingly excellent beer pairings.
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Otomat Antwerpen Mas
11 Van Schoonbekeplein
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A great pizza place to sit down. It boasts an innovative menu and does surprisingly excellent beer pairings.
A cozy travel restaurant that is a mainstay in Antwerp, unassuming with great prices and service, order the chilli, with or without carne!
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Via Via reiscafé
43 Wolstraat
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A cozy travel restaurant that is a mainstay in Antwerp, unassuming with great prices and service, order the chilli, with or without carne!
A Belgian “frituur” is a thing of its own and this is our local legend. Order a large “friet” with “satékruiden” and go for some meaty or less meaty snacks (I like the "spicy viandel" myself). We go here at least once a week when we are in Belgium!
Mid-Mac
3 Klapdorp
A Belgian “frituur” is a thing of its own and this is our local legend. Order a large “friet” with “satékruiden” and go for some meaty or less meaty snacks (I like the "spicy viandel" myself). We go here at least once a week when we are in Belgium!
Do you want giant meatballs? We figured. This is the place to go.
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Balls & Glory
30 Godefriduskaai
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Do you want giant meatballs? We figured. This is the place to go.
Buffet breakfasts on Sunday in a great location (the same building as Balls & Glory) and tables outside next to the water on sunny days.
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Felix Pakhuis
30 Godefriduskaai
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Buffet breakfasts on Sunday in a great location (the same building as Balls & Glory) and tables outside next to the water on sunny days.
Excellent empanadas to go or to stay and a great terrace - they have a hatch that goes directly to the bar next door!
Buenos Aires Empanadas
3 Koepoortbrug
Excellent empanadas to go or to stay and a great terrace - they have a hatch that goes directly to the bar next door!
A cheap bar, restaurant, and great outdoor place in the middle of Park Spoor Noord - excellent to go to with kids in the summer (they have water fountains)
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Bar Noord
64-80 Viaduct-Dam
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A cheap bar, restaurant, and great outdoor place in the middle of Park Spoor Noord - excellent to go to with kids in the summer (they have water fountains)
A restaurant serving Belgian classics like our grandmothers would, hence "De Bomma." A bonus: it is decorated with pictures of grandmas!
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De Bomma Suikerrui
16 Suikerrui
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A restaurant serving Belgian classics like our grandmothers would, hence "De Bomma." A bonus: it is decorated with pictures of grandmas!
The coffee bar that started the Antwerp coffee renaissance!
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Caffènation Antwerp City Center
16 Mechelsesteenweg
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The coffee bar that started the Antwerp coffee renaissance!
A great new Thai place close by run by a famous Belgian actress who also runs Yam Thai on the South side
Nimman
9 Stadswaag
A great new Thai place close by run by a famous Belgian actress who also runs Yam Thai on the South side
Where we order our sushi - the best in town with speedy delivery!
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Sushi Palace
37 Vleminckveld
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Where we order our sushi - the best in town with speedy delivery!
A no-frills restaurant that is cheap and good, filled with artists from the next door Academy of Fine Arts
Het lastig portret
1 Blindestraat
A no-frills restaurant that is cheap and good, filled with artists from the next door Academy of Fine Arts
A great new coffee bar/restaurant next to the "Groenplaats." Great to hang out, talk, and eat - they make a mean cocktail too!
Belmondo
69 Zwaluwstraat
A great new coffee bar/restaurant next to the "Groenplaats." Great to hang out, talk, and eat - they make a mean cocktail too!
Hands down the best and cheapest vegetarian Indian place in Antwerp, one of our perennial favourites! It has an all-you-can-eat buffet for 10 euros and is open on Monday, when a lot of other places close.
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Aahaar Delux
23 Lange Herentalsestraat
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Hands down the best and cheapest vegetarian Indian place in Antwerp, one of our perennial favourites! It has an all-you-can-eat buffet for 10 euros and is open on Monday, when a lot of other places close.
Tucked away on Nassaustraat right by the MAS museum, Balck and Yellow is your go to place for barista coffee in the hood.
Black & Yellow Coffee bar
7 Nassaustraat
Tucked away on Nassaustraat right by the MAS museum, Balck and Yellow is your go to place for barista coffee in the hood.
Two Michelin stars, that should give you an idea. Book way in advance, expect to be in the restaurant for 5+ hours, and waddle home on your bike or legs to our place. Thank us when you have recovered.
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The Jane Antwerp
1 Paradeplein
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Two Michelin stars, that should give you an idea. Book way in advance, expect to be in the restaurant for 5+ hours, and waddle home on your bike or legs to our place. Thank us when you have recovered.
When you want sum good sum - dim sum that is.
Sum Sum Zuid
3 Leopold de Waelstraat
When you want sum good sum - dim sum that is.
Excellent coffee, even better breakfast, a hard to beat combo.
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Butchers Coffee
57 Kasteelstraat
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Excellent coffee, even better breakfast, a hard to beat combo.
Coffee place / Restaurant that is an excellent introduction into the happening neighborhood of Zurenborg, renowned for its great late-19th, early-20th-century architecture on pretty much every corner!
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Walvis
1 Walvisstraat
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Coffee place / Restaurant that is an excellent introduction into the happening neighborhood of Zurenborg, renowned for its great late-19th, early-20th-century architecture on pretty much every corner!
Pizza in the neighborhood of Zurenborg. Look at beautiful buildings all day, have a beer on the Dageraadplaats, and then stuff yourselves with legit pizza at Orso.
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Orso Pizzeria
46 Grotebeerstraat
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Pizza in the neighborhood of Zurenborg. Look at beautiful buildings all day, have a beer on the Dageraadplaats, and then stuff yourselves with legit pizza at Orso.
When pizzeria Orso in Zurenborg is fully booked, Bellini is the best alternative. Located on the corner of the impressive Transvaalstraat and conveniently located for drinks on the Draakplaats afterwards.
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Pizzeria Bellini
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When pizzeria Orso in Zurenborg is fully booked, Bellini is the best alternative. Located on the corner of the impressive Transvaalstraat and conveniently located for drinks on the Draakplaats afterwards.
Hang out with the local moms and kids in the day drinking hot chocolates, switch to one of their maaaany beers on tap from 4 pm onwards - that's allowed in Belgium.
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Café Mombasa
37 Moorkensplein
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Hang out with the local moms and kids in the day drinking hot chocolates, switch to one of their maaaany beers on tap from 4 pm onwards - that's allowed in Belgium.
Tel Aviv disco dining in Antwerp - when you're craving some disco-ball-lit labneh (which is always).
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Middle Eats
25 Boudewijnsstraat
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Tel Aviv disco dining in Antwerp - when you're craving some disco-ball-lit labneh (which is always).
The best new coffee and breakfast / lunch place in town, run by a good friend of ours. Basically just order everything. You will not be disappointed!
Album
6 Vlaamsekaai
The best new coffee and breakfast / lunch place in town, run by a good friend of ours. Basically just order everything. You will not be disappointed!
Drinks & Nightlife
THE student bar in Antwerp.
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Kassa 4
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THE student bar in Antwerp.
They serve more beers than you will be able to remember in this well-known Antwerp café, especially after having more than two.
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Pater's Vaetje
1 Blauwmoezelstraat
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They serve more beers than you will be able to remember in this well-known Antwerp café, especially after having more than two.
Lots of beer, but even more statues of saints (no joke), wall to wall!
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Elfde Gebod
10 Torfbrug
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Lots of beer, but even more statues of saints (no joke), wall to wall!
Excellent cocktail bar around the corner!
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dogma Cocktails
5 Wijngaardstraat
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Excellent cocktail bar around the corner!
Smooth cocktails in deep leather seats, ideal for romance.
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Cocktails at Nine
9 Lijnwaadmarkt
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Smooth cocktails in deep leather seats, ideal for romance.
An excellent café on the "Mechelseplein," a square filled with great bars for hip youngsters or young hipsters.
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Korsakov
1 Sint-Jorispoort
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An excellent café on the "Mechelseplein," a square filled with great bars for hip youngsters or young hipsters.
A real Antwerp bar with real Antwerp people. Open late.
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Plaza Real / De Steeg
93 Kattenberg
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A real Antwerp bar with real Antwerp people. Open late.
An Antwerp institution. As "divey" as a dive bar should get, and the place where your parents hung out in the 60s and 70s if they were cool.
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Zeezicht
7-8 Dageraadplaats
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An Antwerp institution. As "divey" as a dive bar should get, and the place where your parents hung out in the 60s and 70s if they were cool.
A bar that often has great live music. A little less rowdy than Zeezicht and populated more with 30 somethings.
De Zurenborger
4 Dageraadplaats
A bar that often has great live music. A little less rowdy than Zeezicht and populated more with 30 somethings.
When all the other bars have closed, this is where the die-hard Antwerp party people end up.
de Pallieter
17 Mechelseplein
When all the other bars have closed, this is where the die-hard Antwerp party people end up.
A bar and restaurant. For drinks with your mother, someone else's mother, or a romantic date.
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Captain Zeppos
78 Vleminckveld
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A bar and restaurant. For drinks with your mother, someone else's mother, or a romantic date.
An Antwerp secret gem. Beer, beer, more beer, a lot of plants. This place has beer, lots of it. Did we mention they serve a lot of beer?
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Cafe Kulminator
32 Vleminckveld
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An Antwerp secret gem. Beer, beer, more beer, a lot of plants. This place has beer, lots of it. Did we mention they serve a lot of beer?
For that underground hardcore show or a cheap dance party. Perfect for in your 20s and early 30s - any older and you'll get bummed out that people are so young.
Kavka Oudaan
14 Oudaan
For that underground hardcore show or a cheap dance party. Perfect for in your 20s and early 30s - any older and you'll get bummed out that people are so young.
Great music venue, easily reachable via tram or city bike. Often the go-to venue for punk/metal/hardcore shows. Check their calendar!
Hof ter Lo
Great music venue, easily reachable via tram or city bike. Often the go-to venue for punk/metal/hardcore shows. Check their calendar!
Beautiful music venue with old-world charm and art-deco. A serious place for serious dates with excellent programming. You can even go just to admire the seriously beautiful architecture, you will not be disappointed. Go to the Dageraadplaats in Zurenborg after for drinks.
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the Roma
286 Turnhoutsebaan
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Beautiful music venue with old-world charm and art-deco. A serious place for serious dates with excellent programming. You can even go just to admire the seriously beautiful architecture, you will not be disappointed. Go to the Dageraadplaats in Zurenborg after for drinks.
Shopping
Highly popular Antwerp jewelers specializing in beautiful fine necklaces and rings in pure gold...
Wouters & Hendrix
52 Steenhouwersvest
Highly popular Antwerp jewelers specializing in beautiful fine necklaces and rings in pure gold...
THE antiques street in Antwerp, which is always open on Sundays and is the ideal gateway between the center and the South side. Ideal for a stroll!
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Kloosterstraat
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THE antiques street in Antwerp, which is always open on Sundays and is the ideal gateway between the center and the South side. Ideal for a stroll!
My favorite bookstore in the whole of Antwerp. Demian's place is a small, cozy nook that specializes in second hand books, with a very large collection of poetry and English language books - he is especially obsessed with beatnik culture. If you're a literature or bookstore junkie, you'll want to spend a day browsing in here.
Demian
16/18 Hendrik Conscienceplein
My favorite bookstore in the whole of Antwerp. Demian's place is a small, cozy nook that specializes in second hand books, with a very large collection of poetry and English language books - he is especially obsessed with beatnik culture. If you're a literature or bookstore junkie, you'll want to spend a day browsing in here.
An excellent bookstore that also carries a vast collection of interesting presents, postcards, and has a large collection of children's books.
‘t Stad Leest
16 Steenhouwersvest
An excellent bookstore that also carries a vast collection of interesting presents, postcards, and has a large collection of children's books.
In den Olifant is Antwerp's best children's toy store. They have a wide array of beautiful wooden children's toys, books, dinosaurs, and anything else your child might wish for.
in den olifant
23 Leopoldstraat
In den Olifant is Antwerp's best children's toy store. They have a wide array of beautiful wooden children's toys, books, dinosaurs, and anything else your child might wish for.
Essentials
There are plenty of places to get your groceries, day and night, but this one is the closest. Your basic supermarket with fresh baked goods as well.
Proxy Glazen Huis
42 Sint-Paulusstraat
There are plenty of places to get your groceries, day and night, but this one is the closest. Your basic supermarket with fresh baked goods as well.
Sightseeing
Apartment from being one of the most impressive cathedrals in Belgium, ours also houses an immense art collection with all the Rubens you will ever need to see. A must for the Antwerp tourist!
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Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp
21 Groenplaats
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Apartment from being one of the most impressive cathedrals in Belgium, ours also houses an immense art collection with all the Rubens you will ever need to see. A must for the Antwerp tourist!
Getting Around
This is the Antwerp Central Station. You can take trains to pretty much anywhere in Belgium from here, as well as high speed trains to the Netherlands and France.
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Antwerpen-Centraal
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This is the Antwerp Central Station. You can take trains to pretty much anywhere in Belgium from here, as well as high speed trains to the Netherlands and France.
This is Antwerp's main bus depot. If you want to grab a bus to smaller towns outside of Antwerp, this is where you'll need to go. Check out their full array of services and locations on www.delijn.be
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Franklin Rooseveltplaats
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This is Antwerp's main bus depot. If you want to grab a bus to smaller towns outside of Antwerp, this is where you'll need to go. Check out their full array of services and locations on www.delijn.be
If you are looking for free parking in Antwerp, you need to go South and you can review all free parking spaces here under "free parking": http://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/detail/parking-in-antwerp.
Gedempte Zuiderdokken
33 Vlaamsekaai
If you are looking for free parking in Antwerp, you need to go South and you can review all free parking spaces here under "free parking": http://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/detail/parking-in-antwerp.
Arts & Culture
Antwerp's Museum of Modern Art (M HKA) is a great place to enjoy the cutting edge of the international art scene, without being too big to take up your entire day.
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Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp
32 Leuvenstraat
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Antwerp's Museum of Modern Art (M HKA) is a great place to enjoy the cutting edge of the international art scene, without being too big to take up your entire day.
I know I said you could see all of the Rubens you'll want to see in the Cathedral, but Antwerp also houses... well... his house. See where he lived and worked and take in an impressive collection of his work.
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The Rubens House
9-11 Wapper
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I know I said you could see all of the Rubens you'll want to see in the Cathedral, but Antwerp also houses... well... his house. See where he lived and worked and take in an impressive collection of his work.
Antwerp was a big part of the printing revolution (remember Gutenberg?) and this museum houses everything to do with the processes, including a large number of very rare antique books. It might not sound so impressive, but it is. Our University takes all first year literature students here for good reason.
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Vrijdagmarkt 22
22 Vrijdagmarkt
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Antwerp was a big part of the printing revolution (remember Gutenberg?) and this museum houses everything to do with the processes, including a large number of very rare antique books. It might not sound so impressive, but it is. Our University takes all first year literature students here for good reason.
One of Antwerp's oldest and best theatres. Catch a show if you can because Antwerp has some of the best theatre companies in the world.
Toneelhuis
18 Komedieplaats
One of Antwerp's oldest and best theatres. Catch a show if you can because Antwerp has some of the best theatre companies in the world.
Music, dance, theatre, De Singel has it all. Excellent international programming (as opposed to the more local Toneelhuis) that often pushes boundaries.
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deSingel
25 Desguinlei
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Music, dance, theatre, De Singel has it all. Excellent international programming (as opposed to the more local Toneelhuis) that often pushes boundaries.
Wonderful small museum with an excellent, excellent collection of classic Flemish and Netherlandish art. Just around our corner and often overlooked, but it's a gem!
Snijders&Rockoxhuis
10 Keizerstraat
Wonderful small museum with an excellent, excellent collection of classic Flemish and Netherlandish art. Just around our corner and often overlooked, but it's a gem!
Another excellent little gem of a museum that's often overlooked but well worth the visit, off the beaten path
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Museum Vleeshuis | Klank van de Stad
38 Vleeshouwersstraat
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Another excellent little gem of a museum that's often overlooked but well worth the visit, off the beaten path
Excellent museum anchored in a permanent collection of graphic paper work by Rops, Goya, and Munch, and with great temporary exhibits as well - for the connoisseurs!
Museum De Reede
7 Ernest van Dijckkaai
Excellent museum anchored in a permanent collection of graphic paper work by Rops, Goya, and Munch, and with great temporary exhibits as well - for the connoisseurs!
Wonderful historic palace housing the works of local artist Eugeen Van Mieghem - be sure to double check opening hours on this one, it's a great one if you can get in
Museum Eugeen Van Mieghem
9 Ernest van Dijckkaai
Wonderful historic palace housing the works of local artist Eugeen Van Mieghem - be sure to double check opening hours on this one, it's a great one if you can get in
Home of Pieter Bruegel's ravishing work "Dulle Griet", the Renaissance woman-at-arms leading an army of women to go and pillage Hell...I mean...do you really need to know more? Also houses an excellent collection of Flemish and Netherlandish painting and sculpture aside from Dulle Griet.
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Museum Mayer van den Bergh
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Home of Pieter Bruegel's ravishing work "Dulle Griet", the Renaissance woman-at-arms leading an army of women to go and pillage Hell...I mean...do you really need to know more? Also houses an excellent collection of Flemish and Netherlandish painting and sculpture aside from Dulle Griet.