Antwerp

Brabo fountain at market square, centre of Antwerp, Belgium
Brabo fountain at market square, centre of Antwerp, Belgium

The charming, medieval city of Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest, and is a popular destination for both riverboats and ocean-going ships. For many visitors, it is the combination of art, fashion and of course the world-famous diamonds that entices them in. Indeed, over 80% of the planet’s rough diamonds pass through here in their lifetime! The renowned Diamond District is located near the popular ‘Green Card’ zoo, and provides many opportunities to purchase your own jewels.

Despite extensive bombing during World War II, Antwerp has retained its medieval soul, which is mainly evident in the striking Cathedral of our Lady, the largest church in Benelux. Taking many centuries to complete, the interior of the Cathedral has four altarpieces designed by baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens. Combine this with the cobbled-lanes lined with typically Belgian cafés, and the vibrant fashion and entertainment available, and it makes for a perfect mesh of architectural and cultural contrasts.

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