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AntwerpBelgium

The diamond capital of the world is both historically rich and refreshingly modern, with 16th-century architecture and a thriving avant-garde arts scene.

Antwerp is known for diamonds, avant-garde fashion and gothic architecture. The city of half a million people sits on the east bank of the River Schelde, and its compact center gives Antwerp a bustling vibe. The locals, with a reputation for being relaxed and friendly, are more than happy to switch from their native-tongue Flemish to English.

The city’s position as a key trading point saw it explode into riches during the 16th century; many relics from this golden age still exist. Buildings like the City Hall in the Grote Markt and the palatial Central Station give the town an architectural beauty to rival any in Europe. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal), a huge and ornately decorated Gothic cathedral that houses artworks by Antwerpen artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Art enthusiasts can find out more about Rubens by visiting his old home and studio, the Rubenshuis. The sculpture garden at Middelheim Park south of the center is also a popular spot for art lovers, with its mix of modern and traditional pieces dotted among shrubs and winding paths.

Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s diamonds are traded here. Browse the sparkling displays of jewelers’ windows in the Diamond District, east of the city center.

The city’s fashion school is one of the best in Europe. Many well-known designers have made Antwerp their home. Shop for one-off designer clothes and accessories in the Kammenstraat area.

It’s easy to get around Antwerp on foot or by bicycle. Rent a bike using the city’s public Velo system, which sees bike stations dotted around town. There’s also a good network of buses, trams and a pre-metro system (underground trams). Buy a fixed price transport card.

The climate is maritime, with mild and often wet weather throughout the year. Winters rarely see snow, and June and July—the hottest months—are also the rainiest. The city makes the most of its climate with no shortage of cozy cafes and bars. Pull up a stool at a bar and drink Belgian beer with the locals.

Where to stay in Antwerp

A sculpture fountain in the middle of Lambermontplaats rondo.
#fountain #sculpture #monument

South Antwerp

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the bars and museums in South Antwerp. You might want to make time for a stop at Justice Palace or Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

South Antwerp
Beautiful Art Nouveau window and balcony.

Berchem

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Berchem is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like The Four Seasons and Ring Road.

Berchem
Here they roast their own ☕️ #coffee #Antwerp

Schipperskwartier

Schipperskwartier is well-liked for its museums. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Antwerp area, you might plan a trip to Antwerp Zoo or Museum Aan de Stroom.

Schipperskwartier
Begraafplaats in Antwerpen

Wilrijk

Wilrijk is well-liked for its monuments. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Antwerp area, you might plan a trip to Olympic Stadium or Middelheim Park.

Wilrijk
Antwerp featuring street scenes, night scenes and heritage elements

Historisch centrum

5/5Exceptional!(22 area reviews)

While visiting Historisch centrum, you might make a stop by sights like Antwerp Market Square and Cathedral of Our Lady.

Historisch centrum
Aquatopia which includes interior views and marine life

Statiekwartier

4/5Very Good!(78 area reviews)

Unique features of Statiekwartier include the theaters and shopping. Make a stop by Antwerp Zoo or Queen Astrid Square while you're exploring the area.

Statiekwartier

Top Hotels in Antwerp

NH Collection Antwerp Centre
NH Collection Antwerp Centre
4 out of 5
Pelikaanstraat 84, Antwerp, Antwerp
The price is $70 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Situated in Antwerp, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Antwerp Zoo and Rubens House. Museum Mayer van den Bergh and Cathedral of Our Lady are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (137 reviews)

"They staff coped very well considering all the restrictions imposed by the covid situation. It was all lovely and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

NH Collection Antwerp Centre
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
4 out of 5
Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
Free Cancellation
The price is $119 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Statiekwartier, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Queen Elizabeth Hall, Queen Astrid Square, and Antwerp Zoo. De Keyserlei and Flemish Opera are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"We booked a Junior Suite for the 4 of us and when we went up to the room only the king bed was made up, the sofa bed wasn't made and there were only towels in the room for 2 people. I went down to report this and within 15 minutes someone was in the room making the bed and bringing the extra towels. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
A-STAY Antwerpen
A-STAY Antwerpen
3.5 out of 5
86 Pelikaanstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $72 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Antwerp, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of De Keyserlei and Antwerp Zoo. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (121 reviews)
Bring your credit card and cups!

"+Easy access to the central station, bus and metro. Bed was comfy. Lots of English TV channels. Aircon & fridge worked fine. You will receive an confirmation email after the city tax payment. -Long wait for the self check in as one of the machines was out of order, and the guests before us trying ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

A-STAY Antwerpen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Antwerp

Renovated Apartment in Antwerp
Renovated Apartment in Antwerp
3.5 out of 5
19 Carnotstraat, Antwerp

Located in Statiekwartier, this apartment building is steps from Queen Elizabeth Hall and Antwerp Zoo. Rubens House and Port of Antwerp are also within 1 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
Very nice flat.

"Very nice flat. We stay for a couple of nights during a longer trip and after staying in a couple of bad hotels it was nice to have somewhere good to stay and relax for a bit. The person renting was very nice a told us good spots to go around the city. Only thing I'd improve is maybe a few things ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Renovated Apartment in Antwerp
Smartflats Design - Old Town
Smartflats Design - Old Town
4 out of 5
4 Meir, Antwerp
The price is $121 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Wilde Zee, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Meir, Cathedral of Our Lady, and Antwerp Market Square. Antwerp Zoo and Museum Aan ...

3.7/5Good! (14 reviews)
Great room, fair price.

"This flat is in an excellent neighborhood. It was very spacious, well-equipped, clean, and comfortable. The staff contacted me with all necessary information and even checked in with me to make sure everything was suitable. One of the best places I've stayed in years!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2018

Smartflats Design - Old Town
Pelicanstay walk to Diamond District
Pelicanstay walk to Diamond District
3.5 out of 5
96 Jacob Jordaensstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen

Located in Klein-Antwerpen, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Antwerp City Park and Antwerp Zoo. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)

"Upon arriving to this property, I was unsure of how safe the neighborhood would be. There were 2 armed military or security men at the opening of the street. Once we got into the unit however, I was very impressed. It was very roomy, had good amenities, clean and it was safe. We weren’t too far from ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Pelicanstay walk to Diamond District
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Antwerp

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Cathedral of Our Lady was outstanding.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Park Inn hotel has prime location to see everything..Old Town, Rubens house, Diamond District and shopping. Also all kinds of transportation there and it is a big big us

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Beautiful place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

This hotel is expensive in wintetime and off season?

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

I will return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Antwerp should be on everyone's list, just like Bruges is. It's an unbelievably quaint city with wonderful sites and one of the best Grand Places in the country. Can't wait to see more of the scaffolding come down on some of the main sites.

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