Known as the 'fashion and diamond capital of the world', Antwerp is a prosperous and sophisticated city, amid magnificent architecture, culture and a vibrant nightlife. No matter what your budget is Short Breaks offer various hotel options on all accommodation types, whether located near the historic centre, old town or diamond district.
Travel on Eurostar via Brussels in under 3 hours to enjoy Belgium's famous chocolate, waffles and beer, whilst taking in the stunning Guild Houses, 16th Century Stadhuis (City Hall) and the famous Fountain of Brato, all located in Grote Markt, Antwerp's Grand Market Square.
There are many things to see and do in Antwerp and for that extra memorable moment on your trip why not take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the old town, or a leisurely boat trip along Antwerp's waterways and the river Scheldt. Or perhaps even a visit to Our Lady's Cathedral, the largest gothic church in the low-lands, containing many works of art and stunning stained-glass windows. However you spend your time in Antwerp, be sure not to miss out on a tour of Cogels Osylei, one of the most remarkable streets in Europe showcasing examples of a Venetian Palazzo, a French Chateau, the Greek Temple and many eccentric art nouveau buildings all developed in the late 19th Century for the billionaires of the day.
For relaxation seek out the many bars, cafes and restaurants located all around town and the historic centre or visit the docklands, which has become the lively centre for clubs, lounges, live music, comedy venues and cafes.
Places to visit in Antwerp:
Rubens House Museum, where Rubens lived most of his life and created more than 2500 works. Plus the new and trendy MoMu fashion museum which houses contemporary fashion and historical collections.
Grote Markt and City Hall, Ethnographic Museum - featuring over 33,000 items from Asia, African and South American cultures, Platin-Moretus Museum, the Het Steen Castle - built after Viking incursions in the early Middle Ages, the gothic Meat Hall, Stock Exchange, Our lady's Cathedral, Cogels Osilei and Vlaeykensgang - a small alley in the shadows of the Cathedral, close to the City Hall.
Note that The Royal Museum of Art is closed for renovation until 2017. Upon reopening, the museum will once again boast permanent collections and work by Artists like Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens will be seen amongst other fine pieces from exemplary artists.