Capital of the Belgian province of Flanders, Antwerp's strategic location near The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany, gives the city genuine cosmopolitan pizazz. Factor in the relaxed and creative vibe that comes from its colony of Flemish artists, actors and writers, its vibrant fashion scene, and the fine dining and shopping, and you have a truly alluring tourist destination.
Must Know: Visitors planning on using the city’s extensive public transport network can save money by getting a 10-ride card (Lijnkaart) which is valid on buses and trams.
Must See: Visitors shouldn't miss St. Andres Church on Waaistraat 5 with its unique statue of the Virgin Mary wearing haute couture garments. Another grand sight is the Antwerp Central Station. With its neo-baroque facades, is considered one of the most attractive train stations in the world.
Must Do: All visitors to Antwerp should explore the medieval heart of the city with its cobbled streets, chic cafes, and bars. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the house of the Flemish painter Rubens (Rubenshuis).
Did you Know: Antwerp has been a thriving commercial centre since the Middle Ages and today handles over 70% of world diamond trade.
Antwerp Airport (ANR) lies six kilometres southeast of the city and passengers can get into the city on bus no 16. Many visitors arrive by bus or train via Brussels (BRU) or Charleroi (CRL) Airports. Travelling to Antwerp by high-speed train from Brussels, Amsterdam, London or Paris is another option. Trains arrive at the central station (Antwerpen-Centraal or Gare Centrale d'Anvers) located in the heart of the city. Eurolines operates daily coach services from London and from multiple locations in France, Germany, Italy and Spain among others. Coaches arrive the Central Bus on Franklin Rooseveltplaats, 5 minutes walk from the train station.
Antwerp is very well served with public transport with bus, tram, and pre-metro (underground tram) services running between 6:00 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day. A compact city, its is just 2 kilometres across, and the diamond, fashion and shopping districts are all close together. This makes it a great city for pedestrians. Cycling is very popular in Antwerp with many dedicated bike routes running around the city.