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Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch, Anvers in French) is the 2nd largest city of Belgium and the largest city of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Located on the banks of the river Scheldt, Antwerp has one the biggest seaports in the world. Antwerp is known for its culture, art, Rubens, fashion, beer, chocolates and lets not forget... diamonds!


Culinary delights

Grote Markt with some of its pubsAntwerp has an impressive offer of enticing restaurants, fresh bakeries, coffee houses, chocolate stores. And... there are plenty of pubs! In the cobbled lanes and back streets of its historic center, Antwerp hides some very fine restaurants offering you a typical Belgian cuisine. Fans of a more international cuisine will most certainly find their way to one of the many Italian restaurants or to Antwerp's Chinese street. Most pubs have an ample selection of beers, coming from a number of famous Belgian breweries -- some of which are located in the city center of Antwerp.

 

Sightseeing & shopping

As you soak up Antwerp's unique atmosphere, be sure to pay attention to some architectural masterpieces during your walks through the city. Be warned however, that you will most likely be distracted by glittering jewellery shops, trendy boutiques and the smell of warm waffles. Shopping in Antwerp is at its best, from the world's largest diamond center (it covers one square kilometer), to the lively shopping street, the Meir, to designer boutiques and antique shops. Over the years Antwerp has become one of the fashion cities of the world, with numerous young Flemish fashion designers (e.g., Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann De Meulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs) coming on the scene.


Peter Paul Rubens

House of RubensAntwerp was home to Peter Paul Rubens, Belgium's most influential artist in early 17th century. Museums and churches around the city display some of his most famous paintings such as ‘The Descent from the Cross' (1612). One of Antwerp's most prized possessions is the artist's home, which also served as a studio where Rubens taught and worked.