A Charming Historical City

Antwerp might officially be Belgium’s second city, but when it comes to beauty, sophistication, cool, and even business, it gives the capital a run for its money. A glorious medieval city full of cobbled streets and the charming historic architecture of the Grote Markt and Cogels-Osylei, Antwerp is a brilliant contrast between history, culture, and up-to-the-minute fashion and entertainment.

For centuries, Antwerp has been one of the most important cities in Europe when it comes to culture. It was the home of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens in the 16th century, and remains one of the continent’s biggest cultural hubs, full of museums and galleries like the Aan de Stroom and the Plantin-Moretus Museum, and amazing historical sights like St Paul’s Church. Its medieval old town is a stunning sight, set around the impressive Grote Markt, and highlighted by the dramatic cathedral and imposing riverside fortress. 

But while more known for its rich history, Antwerp is also a lively, bustling, modern city, with a vibrant fashion scene and a surprisingly edgy nightlife. It is one of the biggest ports in the world, and the centre for the European diamond trade, which adds another layer of glitz and glamour to this complex, fascinating city.

A trip to Antwerp is a wonderful blend of medieval history, rich arts and culture, and a bright, bustling, modern city break. You’ll delight in the picturesque surroundings and famous Old World artists while soaking up some of the most exciting entertainment and nightlife around.

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