An ancient city
The ancient port city of Antwerp has been fought over for centuries, and with good reason. Today it’s a bracing and brisk place to come, with a vast North Sea port that gives the town its living, a largely rebuilt post-war cityscape, and some remarkably ornate public buildings... not to mention steak frites and moules marinieres!
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 40|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 10.3°C
Rainfall: 755.3mm a year (data for Eindhoven)
For old masters, particularly the locals including Rubens and Van Dyck, head to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, not far from the city’s southern quays.
Must eat at:
Not a single restaurant, and more a gastronomic destination in itself, head for De Keyserlei for a whole street (and multiple sidestreets) of eclectic foodie options.
Must be there for:
If you’re bookish, you’ll love Antwerp. One of Europe’s more significant book fairs is held here at the beginning of every November.
· Look hard and you’ll be able to spot the location from which the 86 carat diamond was stolen in the opening scenes of Guy Ritchie’s movie, Snatch.
· You’ll have no problem getting around town – the local tram service has no fewer than 11 lines, including underground (and underwater) sections.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Belgium.
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