Antwerp, Stylish to a Fault
Whether you’re in the central train station or MAS, the remarkable town museum, it’s impossible not to find the architecture attractive. It ranges from medieval buildings like the impressive town hall and square, to the contemporary courthouse, to numerous Art Nouveau gems in between. From stylish buildings to well dressed window displays, Antwerp is a good-looking city.
This isn’t a new accolade either as it was one of the greatest, richest cities in all of Europe in the 1500’s. A century later, the iconic Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens called Antwerp his home, along with Anthony Van Dyck. In more recent years, canvas has been replaced by cotton and the artists of note are fashion designers. This city is home to world-renowned shopping, the famous Antwerp Six and a bustling diamond trade.
Even Lonely Planet, pretty much the most important travel guide in the world, is impressed. It picked Antwerp as one of its Top 10 Best Cities 2018.
Top 5 things to do
Antwerp’s Chocolate Nation museum pays tribute to the dark (or brown, or white) gold that we are so famous for. An Aladdin’s cave of chocolatey delights, and what’s more, you also get to sample the goods!
Visit the Rubenshuis, the former house and studio of the Master Painter Peter-Paul Rubens (1577-1640).
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world. DIVA celebrates that shiny, dazzling legacy in all its glory.
Visit the Red Star Line Museum, about a legendary shipping company, which carried 2.6 million passengers from Antwerp to New York and Philadelphia between 1873 and 1934.
Get a taste of Antwerp’s most famous product: Elixir d’Anvers. De Vagant in Antwerp is a cafe with more than 200 jenevers and even offers dishes based on jenever!