If you are a lover of beautiful architecture then Antwerp is definitely a place that you should put on your travel list. The city, not to far from Brussels, has a decedent baroque style, meaning there are gorgeous sights to observe at every glance.
My trip to Antwerp was short and sweet. There was just enough time for a brisk walk around the city to take in the sights, snap a few pictures and of course grab something to eat.
When you visit the city, one of the first things that you will probably notice is the iconic Cathedral Of Our Lady (above right), which is Antwerp’s main focal point. It’s intricate and Gothic in style and houses a collection of major works of art, including a series by Rubens.
(Above right) One thing you must do whilst in Belgium is to have some pomme frites during your visit, which is one of the countries’s signature culinary offerings. I had some yummy chilli sauce on top and they were utterly divine.
(Above left) The Grote Markt (or “Great Market Square” as we would know in English) is a must, as it’s incredibly pretty – the buildings look comparable to gingerbread houses.
Antwerp is home to some fantastic museums to keep you amused. Pity I didn’t have enough time to see any of them, but some of the popular ones include Museum Plantin-Moretus, Red Star Line Museum, MAS – Museum aan de Stroom and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Interestingly, Antwerp’s Diamond quarter is where a large percentage of the world’s cut diamonds are processed. The Antwerp Diamond Museum is the place to go to admire some serious bling and is definitely somewhere that I’ll be visiting next time I’m in the city.
During my brief time in Antwerp, I had the opportunity to check out its Street Art scene, in a guided tour with graffiti aficionado, Tim Marschang. The city’s street art gives a real contrast of urban and historic.