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Brussels may be Belgium's capital, but Antwerp offers just as much in the way of Belgian heritage and culture. Its centuries-old history as a European port continues to this day, where life centres around the Scheldt River and the diamond trade is still strong.

Antwerp first reached its heyday during the 16th century, when the Renaissance ushered in a new wave of creativity and art. You'll find masterpieces by baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, one of the city's most famous residents, hanging inside the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Our Lady as well as at Rubenshuis – the artist's former home and workshop. Grote Markt, Antwerp's main square in its medieval centre, offers an atmospheric glimpse of the city's architectural heritage with its Renaissance-style City Hall, Guild Halls and Brabo Fountain.

Modern Antwerp is now a hub for high fashion and nightly entertainment. Fanning out from Antwerpen-Centraal railway station, the streets of Meir and De Keyserlei are famously lined with boutiques selling cutting-edge designs. Meanwhile, the nearby diamond district has been the place to find rough and polished stones since the 15th century.

Sitting down at a local bistro for Flemish food and Belgian beer is a classic Antwerp experience, but there's more to city life than its cuisine. After a lesson in printing presses at the Museum Plantin-Moretus, catch a sports match at Lotto Arena, witness a concert at Sportpaleis Antwerpen or visit the animals in the Antwerp Zoo – one of the oldest in the world.

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.09
Language French
Average weekend price $131 per night
Average weekday price $127 per night
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10

Antwerp has lots to offer.

May 15, 2024

Antwerp has lots to offer. Museums, interesting neighborhoods, pedestrian streets, and a huge number of restaurants/bars/cafes. Take the walking/cycling tunnel under the river - great experience and a lovely walk along the left bank. If you are in Antwerp on Saturday or Sunday, I highly recommend the Handelsbeurs - stunning architecture and interesting history.

Linda
Linda Canada
10

Lots to do - in the 2 days we were there, we visited Antwerp...

May 3, 2024

Lots to do - in the 2 days we were there, we visited Antwerp zoo, Chocolate Nation and the Illusion Antwerp. All were brilliant and there was a wide variety of food establishments to choose from including well known brands and independents.

Tamara
Tamara
8.0

If you're flying into Antwerp, I highly recommend paying...

April 10, 2024

If you're flying into Antwerp, I highly recommend paying a visit to a restaurant located approximately a 15-minute walk from the airport called "Jardin Public". From there, you can catch a tram to the Central Station. In my opinion, the highlights of the trip were definitely the Central Station and the Central Square. Getting around Antwerp is fairly easy, but you also have the option to rent bicycles or use electric scooters. For dinner, we opted for The Eleventh Commandment / Elfde Gebod and were impressed by the delicious food and speedy service. I would have loved to extend my stay if possible; perhaps a minimum of a 3-day trip would be ideal. On the return journey to the airport, I opted to take an Uber for convenience.

FabioFabs
FabioFabs United Kingdom
10

Lovely historic centre, quiet and so easy to get around on...

March 27, 2024

Lovely historic centre, quiet and so easy to get around on foot. Really enjoyed the Plantine Moretus Museum, the riverside walk, The Museum of Fine Arts. Found some great places to eat, all with friendly helpful staff

Anonymous
8.0

The museum and the cathedrals were magnificent.

March 22, 2024

The museum and the cathedrals were magnificent. The restaurants were excellent and there is a wide variety of different ethnic restaurants to choose from. The restaurants ranged in price from very reasonable priced to some excellent but expensive restaurants.

Lester
Lester Canada
10

Female are sleeping in cheap but comfortable 4-beds rooms...

February 27, 2024

Female are sleeping in cheap but comfortable 4-beds rooms while male can rent a room with bathroom and king bed more expensive but still reasonable. People from outside are not allowed in unless they check-in. Nice bar with very good beers and a pool & dart room with can be used as well as kitchen and garden. Good combination for the peace of mind.

Roberto
Roberto Italy

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