What to do and see in Mortsel, Belgium: The Best Places and Tips

July 22, 2017 Margarita Chappel

Mortsel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɔrtsəl]) is a city and municipality close to the city of Antwerp located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the city of Mortsel proper. On January 1, 2006 Mortsel had a total population of 24,427 people. The total area is 7.78 km² which gives a population density of 3,138 inhabitants per km². This is the highest population density of any municipality in the Flemish Region (Flanders), and second-highest (to Saint-Nicolas) outside the Brussels-Capital Region.
Restaurants in Mortsel

1. Fitopia

Mechelsesteenweg 154, Edegem 2650, Belgium +32 3 454 55 66
Excellent
43%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Fitopia

Fitopia Wellness club is a public Spa center nearby Antwerp. You can find an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis, different sauna, a beautiful garden to relax in, restaurant and many more. Ideal for a day of pure relaxation, nearby the city of Antwerp. If you wish, it is also possible to make a reservation for a massage or other beauty treatments. For those, who are intersted to sport or exercise, they can find the ideal combination with the gym, yoga classes, indoor cyclincg classes or crossfit at the same location.

Reviewed By Tom_Hadee

Been here several times and always enjoyed my time here.
The sauna complex is very clean & up to date, rooftop Terrace, garden with swimming pool, several saunas, 1 women only, jacuzzi, cold bath, hot bath, ....
The kitchen serves fresh healthy food, well prepared.
I can really recommend this as a quiet afternoon getaway.

2. Begijnhof Lier

Begijnhofstraat, Lier 2500, Belgium
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Begijnhof Lier

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Considering the size of the town, this is a relatively large Beguinage, but still only has 16 streets and alleys. One of the streets on one side has all the same houses, but in the rest you find a large range of different style and size houses. This is rather different from the other beguinages I have visited. Furthermore, there is no grass square, but there are quite a few trees in the private Gardens. It has a large barok church, which sadly seems to be never open. Part is undergoing necessary renovations.

3. Wijnegem Shopping Center

Turnhoutsebaan 5, Wijnegem 2110, Belgium +32 3 350 14 44
Excellent
32%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
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1%
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4 based on 127 reviews

Wijnegem Shopping Center

Wijnegem Shopping Center is a nice shopping mall with 250 shops and good restaurants. You could spend an entire day here, as the variety of shops is very large. Lot's of services are offered: free parking, free toilets, free babycorner (for changing, (breast)feading, etc), free charging of electric car, phones and bikes, free WiFi, etc Worth discovering!

Reviewed By Tinnie_N - Beringen, Belgium

You do not find a place like this anywhere else. You have >240 stores under 1 roof. The stores are a mix of popular and national brands as well as single shops. I shop here already for many many years and saw it change and be updated already several times. I must say that recently I noticed that the service and friendliness of the employees is not that high level anymore, today for instance I got snapped at big time and absolutely not needed at H&M so no customer service there (they can learn from dpt Turnhout that's for sure). The shopping center is mostly clean and tidy (floors not the seats and sofa's).

4. Mask'ara

Jozef Reusenslei 17, Borsbeek 2150, Belgium +32 3 297 07 47
Excellent
48%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
41%
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4 based on 17 reviews

Mask'ara

Reviewed By Nico P - Brecht, Belgium

Een heel toffe show. Ideaal om in groep te doen. Het eten is niet van kwalitatieve aard en daarom wel te duur voor zijn prijs.

5. Central Station

Koningin Astridplein 27, Antwerp 2018, Belgium +32 2 528 28 28
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Central Station

Leopold II had this unusual rail station built as a neo-Baroque monument to the railway age in 1905.

Reviewed By Nilesh D - London, United Kingdom

Good place, just be careful of 3 things, 1. People asking for cigarettes and money 2. Some people engage you in a conversation and try to rob your baggage 3. Some cabbies don’t accept cards so better ask upfront before boarding the vehicle

6. Zimmer Tower

Zimmerplein 18, Lier 2500, Belgium +32 3 800 03 95
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Zimmer Tower

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The Zimmer tower looks very attractive from the outside. The museum about time measurement is alright. Inside the tower one finds one floor where tides and times are kept of places around the world. The second floor shows the mechanism behind the clocks on the outside of the tower. There is also a movie explaining the history of the tower, which was first called the Cornelius tower: With the upcoming 100-year anniversary of Belgium in 1930, Zimmer started the conversion of this medieval (first mentioned in 1425) fortification to its present state.

7. Museum Plantin-Moretus

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp 2000, Belgium +32 3 221 14 50
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museum Plantin-Moretus

Walk into the printing press and the Plantin-Moretus family home as though you were a family friend paying a visit 400 years ago. Explore the house, the garden and the press in the only museum in the world on the UNESCO World Heritage list. - the two oldest printing presses in the world and more than 20.000 lead letters - 30.000 old books, illustrated manuscripts and other treasures of European printing - a beautiful baroque garden hidden within the walls of the museum

Reviewed By Adam B

Really fun and interesting museum! I found myself getting lost in the various old tombs scattered throughout the house - especially the atlas' and botanical works. Quite fascinating to see how many different types of fiction/non-fiction were published by Rubens' business.
My only knock was it was at time hard to following the maze of rooms in the order you were suppose to see them. I got lost in the middle and might have missed something interesting! Signage needed to be bigger and more distinct.
Overall would visit again.

8. Rockox House

Keizerstraat 12, Antwerp 2000, Belgium +32 3 201 92 50
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Rockox House

Reviewed By Susan A - London, United Kingdom

This is a charming museum with a very well displayed collection of mainly paintings and tapestries which belonged to a mayor of Antwerp who was a friend of Rubens. The admission charge includes a very comprehensive guide. Each exhibit is numbered and so easy to find in the guide. There is also a delightful courtyard garden.
There are a couple of rooms which house temporary Exhibitions, and this time it ws landscape paintings.

Middelheimlaan 61, Antwerp 2020, Belgium +32 3 288 33 60
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 270 reviews

Middelheimpark

Reviewed By AllanJGJ - Wellington, New Zealand

It would be easy to overlook this amazing attraction as a tourist if you focused too much on Antwerp's historic centre. You'd be missing out if you did. In over 30 acres of parkland, including some excellent specimen trees, there are literally hundreds of sculptures including by many from the masters of the craft, as well as some amusing pieces thrown in for good measure. There's also a pleasant little cafe for lunch and if you drive straight to the main gate lots of free parking. Whether you're an art lover or not a half day spent here on a sunny day will probably last long in the memory.

10. Cogels Osylei

Cogels-Osylei | Zurenborg, Antwerp, Belgium
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
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4.5 based on 494 reviews

Cogels Osylei

Reviewed By AllanJGJ - Wellington, New Zealand

Even though Cogels Osylei is highlighted here there is actually a triangle of streets where this collection of 1890s mansions (and they are mansions) can be found. Indeed I thought Waterloostraat had the best examples. There's practically no interruption of modern dwellings here and there a range of art nouveau features, although many of the grand house have features harking back to early styles of 19th century architecture. A very pleasant walk around the triangle can be concluded with coffee at any one of a number of places (we went into Maurice's at one end of the triangle and thought it was excellent). Don't be frightened to drive if you have a car. There was lots of (cheap) on-street parking when we were there on a weekday.

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