Antwerp is a big place in Belgium in the city of Flanders. Popular for being the world’s foremost diamond city”, over 70% of diamonds are traded in the city. The diamond market is the centre of the financial part in Belgium. It is the second biggest town in Belgium, has beautiful historic centre and is popular for its fashion industry. The harbour of the port is the second biggest in Europe and a big financial player in Belgium.
Things to see
Rubenshuis - A wonderful house where the famous painter called Peter Paul Rubens used to live. It is now a museum of his life and artwork. The house has stored its original things like furnishings, pictures, beds and etc. You will definitely enjoy your visit while seeing his belongings.
Museum Plantin - Moretus – This 16th century building is one of the finest museums dedicated to printing in the world. Its wide-ranging sets of significant books and printing presses make this museum a great place to visit again and again. If you are visiting the city, must pay your visit.
Saint Paul's Church – A beautiful gothic church is a must see attraction. The St. Paul's Church is a Roman Catholic Church situated at the Veemarktkade in Antwerp. Its outer side is mostly Gothic with a Baroque tower as the interior is designed by grand Baroque beautification.
City Hall/Old Market Square - This is the colonial part of the city and the square is bordered by the distinctive medieval guild houses you can get in most Flemish colonial city. The city square is made in unique architectural design with a mixture of Gothic and previous Renaissance. This method is approximately wholly got in this region of Europe.
Het Steen — this is a small castle established in the 19th century. It is situated on the sides of the river Schelde, where it used to operate as a town defence. The major part has transferred to the new museum. It is a beginning point of the Wandelterrassen, a wonderful path with a cafe/restaurant at both ends.
Getting around the city
The public transportation system of the city is good. Buses, trams and pre-metro connections in the city and its surroundings are available to make your access easy. Taxis and cars are available, but they are quite costly and easily available in the all areas of the city. Generally all things are located within the Boulevards and can be reached after a little walk.
Antwerp is the most attractive city and can be visited once in a lifetime. If you are looking for a short trip in Belgium, then I will absolutely suggest you to book flights to Antwerp as it will give you a great holiday.