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Things to do in Antwerp

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Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium. It’s an interesting and historical city easy to reach via high speed rail. And what better way to arrive in the city than through Antwerp Central Station, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, and a popular venue for flashmobs.

Antwerp, synonymous with art and diamonds, has a number of interesting tourist attractions and historical sights. These include the Rubens House, former residence and workshop of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, and the square mile diamond district home to the Antwerp World Diamond Center. Historical churches in the city include the 14th century Cathedral of Our Lady which houses a number of notable works of art, the 17th century St. Charles Borromeo Church decorated by Rubens, and St James’s Church where Rubens is buried. Remnants from the city’s medieval history include the triangular shaped Grote Markt, lined by historical guildhouses, and Het Steenpoort, a stone fortress on the river. But, for us, one of the major attractions is the food. Belgian cuisine is often described as German style portions of French style cooking at affordable prices. Oh, and don’t forget the other delicious reasons to visit: Belgian beer, waffles, fries and chocolates.

Antwerp is a Goldilocks kind of destination – not too big, not too small…it’s just right.

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