An unforgettable walk through Antwerp with Peter Paul Rubens in person
Peter Paul Rubens died on May 30, 1640. Rubens was probably the greatest painter Antwerp has ever known. In his beautiful studio in Antwerp, he made thousands of paintings for all the major churches and rulers of his time. He was an extraordinary artist, but also a superstar, a man of the world, a top entrepreneur, a professional charmer, a diplomat, a spy and above all a true Antwerp citizen.
Four centuries later, Rubens inexplicably rose from the dead. Because he is still very proud of his city, he takes you on a walk through the Antwerp of his time, the aftermath of the Antwerp golden age, the heyday of the Flemish Baroque.
Rubens will show you some of the most important places in his picturesque life. He takes you to his own personal Rubenshuis where he worked and lived with his two wives. Even the Queen of France personally visited this place to inspect his work. He takes you to the house De Cleynen Sint-Arnold. This is his mother's house where Rubens spent his teenage years. He walks to the old Papenschool where he learned Latin with master Rombout Verdonck. He will take you to the Cathedral of Our Lady where you can admire some of his most important paintings. And so much more. Before you realize it, you will be back in the 17th century
Peter Paul Rubens (1577) was a painter, draftsman and diplomat. He was born in Siegen (Germany) and lived in Antwerp most of his life where he trained as a painter with three different Antwerp masters. He became famous as a court painter of, among others, the Duke of Mantua and the archdukes Albrecht and Isabella. From his studio in Antwerp he made altarpieces for all major churches and monumental works for the important monarchs of his time. The queen of France, the king of England and the king of Spain, they all wanted works by Rubens. Since the master regularly visited all European royal houses, he started a second career as a diplomat and grew into one of the most important and wealthy citizens of his time. Peter Paul Rubens married twice. His first wife Isabella Brant who died from the plague. After her death he married the beautiful Helena Fourment, who was 37 years younger than him. On May 30 1640, Peter Paul Rubens died of gout. The story goes that he would have died during the act of love because his youngest daughter Constanza was born exactly 9 months after his death.
Peter Paul Rubens is enacted by Antwerp actor and performer Geert Beullens. He was born in Kimpese (Congo) but has lived in Antwerp for almost his entire life, where he studied Dutch literature and philosophy. As an actor, he likes nothing more than to take on the role of historical characters and bring them back to life. As a child, Peter Paul Rubens was already a fixed value in his existence. The name 'PP Rubens' appeared in large white letters on a huge biography in the parental bookcase, a visit to the Rubens House with the school was a regular occurrence and the many events during the Rubens year in 1977 on the occasion of the 400th birthday of the master, are still fixed in his memory. That he would sooner or later take on the role of Rubens was therefore written in the stars. As Rubens he can show people his beloved Antwerp is absolutely beautiful.
Our regular tours
Every Saturday & Sunday there are regular tours at 2 pm and on which you can register freely via the calendar.
Group tours by appointment only
We also take groups on separate tours by appointment. Send a request for these by the form on the website. Let us know how many people are in your group and which time and date you would like to book.
Tours for events and companies
We offer special formulas for events and companies. Request via the form on the website or via email.
- entrance to the cathedral
- Kinderen (beneden 12j) €10/ pp
- entrance to the cathedral
- entrance to the cathedral
- access to other church
All tours start at the Rubenshuis (Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerpen)
The tour takes about 2 hours. For groups longer tours are available.
The tour is suitable for all ages
Group Tours start from 10 people. A tour with less than 10 people is possible but the price you pay starts from 10 persons.
Rubens speaks Dutch, French, English and Spanish (with interpreter)
For more information you can call Rubens on his mobile phone: 0495/72 33 09
Rubens receives a maximum of 20 participants - All participants wear a mouth mask - The participants do not touch any objects during the theater tour - All participants keep a distance of one meter and a half between each other - If you show suspicious symptoms (cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild cough, increase to 38C °) or live with people with COVID19 you cannot participate on the tour.
We are with a smaller group. Can we also go out with Rubens?
Yes, you can. You will then pay the basic amount of 10 people. So are you alone, or six or nine? No problem, you just pay from 10 people and off we are.
Is a walk with Rubens wheelchair-friendly?
Yes of course. Although there were no wheelchairs in the 17th century, Rubens ensures that wheelchair users can also get through his city safely and without any problems.
Does Rubens also takes a walk when it rains?
Yes! Rubens drove all the way from Mantua to Madrid in the pouring rain in 1603, so he can stand a splash. Each walk continues as recorded, except in case of severe weatherconditions or quarantine.
Are guided tours only possible on Saturday and Sunday?
There are regular guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. You can register individually or with several people. As a separate group you can apply on any day or evening. If Rubens is free, he will be happy to go out with you. Send an email or fill in the form.
What language does Rubens speak on his walk?
The individual tours are in Dutch, English or French. Rubens is a man of the world so depending on the composition of the group he will change his language. For the group tours you can of course ask in advance which language you want. If necessary we can also provide a Spanish interpreter.