Presentation of the destination
Antwerp, Antwerp in French, is Belgian, Antwerp is Flemish, Antwerp is Antwerp, Antwerp is multiple. Located in the north of Belgium, it is nicknamed "the Diamond of Flanders", given its rich diamond know-how. Here, the churches conceal the show rooms of the greatest couturiers, the port built on the Scheldt faces baroque dwellings. This international city of human dimensions abounds with various activities, which will delight young and old. Flemish art lovers will meet Rubens, of course, but also many of his contemporaries. By bike, on foot, accompanied by a guide or aboard one of the city's main buses or even on a crawl, set off to discover these mysterious Flemish streets. ¨res and elegance. In addition to its cultural treasures, Antwerp, with its international port, has become a platform for trade, making it a thriving European metropolis. The shopping fables, the festive, the greedy, everyone will find his happiness. Sip a trappist beer sitting in front of a nice pan of freshly caught marinated mussels and enjoy the subtlety of Flemish culture.
Points of interests / things to see
Take your time to survey Antwerp. Forget your card in the back of your pocket and agree to lose yourself. If the golden age of the city is undoubtedly in the fifteenth and sixteenth century, it is during this period that the trade in spices and objects precious exploded. This development made Antwerp a city of stature. The city has retained Middle Age influences, visible with the very configuration of the streets. The triangular shape of its main square is also a vestige of this era. The most observant will notice the presence of baroque buildings, such as the Hotel de Ville and the Hessenhuis. There are also Gothic monuments, such as the towers of Notre-Dame. The Art Nouveau style with the Episcopal Palace is also well represented. Antwerp, before being a Flemish city, is a Belgian city. The 7th art, the comic strip, receives many tributes around certain streets. The greatest characters are painted through large mural frescoes in the streets, sharing the urban space with street art, very present in the city.
Museums, churches and buildings are numerous and will satisfy everyone's curiosity. Believing or not, you enjoy the saving calm of the churches. Head to Notre-Dame, of course, but also to Saint-Jacques Church, where the Virgin was painted by Rubens, or Saint-Paul, a place of worship and museum containing more than 200 sculptures. and about fifty paintings. From the museum of photography, to the Zuid Museum of Contemporary Art, art history enthusiasts will not be left out! Do not forget the Plantin-Moretus Museum, an old 16th century printing workshop and the Middelheim museum, a veritable outdoor sculpture treadmill from Rodin to the present day.
This incredible residence, built in 1609 by the famous painter himself, was bought after World War II to become a museum. Rubens drew inspiration from Italian palaces, and designed a studio, his house, a huge portico and a baroque garden situated in an inner courtyard. Do not forget Kunstkamer, his personal gallery in which he exhibited his works and received his guests. The city has many other works of the painter, the Palace of Fine Arts among others. Stay in Antwerp From the luxury hotel to the guest room, through campsites or apartments for rent, there is for everyone! You will of course find there the big brands Blu-Inn, Ibis, Radisson or Crown Plaza, the large families will appreciate the reception of the hotel Rubenshof type art deco, and the accessible price. The bed and breakfast Alegria Bed and Breakfast is famous for its excellent hospitality and the cleanliness of its rooms, the campers meanwhile they will be at campground De Molen, located 100 meters away from the beach Sainte-Anne and a kilometer away from the shops.
Antwerp is now one of the capitals of fashion and textile design. The "Six of Antwerp" (Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee and Dirk Bikkembergs) are the first designers who propelled the city to the front of the stage. In view of the resounding progress of this discipline, the city decided to create a unique center of its kind: ModeNatie. The fashion section of the Antwerp School of Fine Arts, the ModeMuseum, the Flanders Fashion Institute and the specialized copyright bookstore are all there. Then London, Milan and Paris recognize Antwerp as their little sister and salute its influential school, its innovative creators and countless shops. In order to discover everyone, two walks will be proposed to you: Antwerp connected will delight those who do not care about historical details and want to be surprised by the good addresses. will link fashion to contemporary art, architecture and the history of the city. Book your tickets in advance, these two walks are very popular.
One thing that can not be taken away from the Flemings is their sense of organization! Even the shopping streets will find it, the city is divided into eight shopping areas, to end up in this demoral of pedestrian streets. The district of the station is home to diamond dealers. The junk shops and bargain hunters meet in the biggest shopping center of the city: the Grand Bazaar Shopping Center near the Grand-Place. Contemporary designers have clustered their boutiques in the fashion design district, near ModeNatie. Do not forget the "Golden Triangle", between Wilde Zee, Huidevettersstraat and Lange Gasthuisstraat, where every budget and every desire will be satisfied.
If you hope he passes the ring on your finger, you are in the right place! Antwerp is THE international diamond center since the 15th century. A walk is proposed to you to dream in front of these small brilliant stones. In the diamond district: enjoy the Diamond Square Mile and watch the swarm of visitors from around the world. Watch the diamond and jeweler making transactions permanently. This walk will also allow you to better understand the history of the diamond industry, its highlights and its failures. If you needed more, the Pavillon du Diamant organizes its "brilliant Antwerp" initiatives, with the exhibition of the jewels , guided tours of the establishment and ... shop!
Fashion, diamonds and Rubens are yawning your children? Antwerp is full of activities and attractions for young and old. The oldest zoo in Europe lies intramural, very close to the Central Station and home to more than five thousand animals. Designed like an elegant English park, the best European rowers work there, especially around threatened species such as bonobo.Â Those who prefer to focus solely on the fish will travel to Aquatopia, where 250 species are gathered in a futuristic complex. Caves, corals, and interactive presentations will delight the entire family. Do not forget to take a trip to Pirates Island. A magnificent warehouse hides a breeze of privateers who will make boys and girls dream.
Gourmands will lick their chops, comfortably seated in one of the city's trendy little restaurants. Sip your beer in front of a shrimp croquette as you enter, waiting for a Flemish carbonnade or a pot of mussels. Johan Segers, gastronomic master of the restaurant 't Fornuis, will surprise you by the absence of map in his establishment, here you will follow the advice of the chef among his suggestions of the day. Generous, the Scheldt allows the Het Nieuwe Palinghuis to serve you lobsters, seafood, fish and especially eels in its dining room in veranda. Finally, the Bistro l'AmitiÃ © will host Antwerp and tourists around a quality cuisine: beer, turnip bar and creme brulee are the most famous.
For night owls, two must-see places: Antwerp-Noord offers as many clubs as you wish! Red & Blue, Pure, D-Club, Noxx or Café Antwerp, intimacy or nons and glitter, put on your dance shoes and go on the attack of the Antwerp nightlife. The Zuid district: after a good meal in this hotspot for Antwerp's nightlife, take three steps and enter one of the many bars in the Zuid. Formerly desolate, this district now includes discotheques, bars, pubs, concert hall, restaurantsâ € | Everything you need to celebrate after a day of discovery!
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How to get there ?
Plane, train, car ... and even boat. All transports are possible to reach Antwerp. Located near two airports, Deurne, a quarter of an hour drive, and Zaventem, Brussels Airport. Other travelers will reach Belgium via Charleroi airport 115 km from Antwerp or Eindhoven Airport (the Netherlands) 87 km. Shuttle buses and taxis will allow you to easily reach the city. Antwerp Central and Antwerp Brechem, the two railway stations in the city, are served by a large number of international trains, carrying no less than fifteen connections per hour. Local rail networks will offer daytime, weekend and group rate packages. If you visit Antwerp with a cruise tour, you will dock at five minutes. Just in the city center, in one of the marinas.Â For those who would come by car, the E19 joins Paris and Amsterdam, A12 Brussels, E17 Lille and E40 Ostend and Bruges. Â Finally, coach services are accessible from Belgium as from France, the car park is located ten minutes walk from the historic center of the city.
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