Antwerp

City of rubies and diamonds on the Schelde

With almost half a million residents, Antwerp is today the second largest city in Belgium; second only to Brussels. However, this was not always the case. As an international trading metropolis, Antwerp was one of the biggest cities in the world for a time.

Brisk trade is still to be found here - the Flemish harbour city is most well known today as a global trade centre for diamonds. Rubens' birth city not only attracts visitors with its architecture, but rather also does so with its culture.

TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp
TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp
Design hotel in the trendy Art Nouveaudistrict of Zurenborg in Antwerp
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Waffles and Frietjes in splendid surroundings

Antwerp has more to offer than just waffles and chips - visitors can discover the more refined sides of Belgian cuisine on culinary tours. The splendid

gilded buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries can also be admired on a walk around the famous Grote Markt in Flanders. A visit to the Rubens House, built in 1610, is a must. The home and atelier of the famous baroque painter is also open to visitors as a museum.

Museum Aan de Stroom Museum am Strom Antwerpen Ansicht | © thinstock
Cathedral Of Our Lady View Kathedrale Antwerpen City | © Fotolia
Grote Markt Antwerpen Grote Markt Ansicht | © Fotolia
Monument Of Rubens Rubens Monument Antwerpen view | © Fotolia