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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.

Top hotels in Antwerp

NH Collection Antwerp Centre
NH Collection Antwerp Centre
4 out of 5
Pelikaanstraat 84, Antwerp, Antwerp
The price is NZ$111 per night from 17 Nov. to 18 Nov.

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 20 Aug. 2020

NH Collection Antwerp Centre
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
4 out of 5
Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
The price is NZ$188 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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

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 20 Aug. 2020

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
A-STAY Antwerpen
A-STAY Antwerpen
3.5 out of 5
86 Pelikaanstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is NZ$114 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (122 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 21 Jul. 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.

Holiday 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 away from Queen Elizabeth Hall and Antwerp Zoo. Rubens House and Port of Antwerp are also within ...

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 4 Nov. 2019

Renovated Apartment in Antwerp
Smartflats Design - Old Town
Smartflats Design - Old Town
4 out of 5
4 Meir, Antwerp
The price is NZ$190 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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 20 Sep. 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 13 Oct. 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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16 Aug. 2019

There are many areas of the city under repair and buildings being renovated. As well as this, the city itself is not very clean. Local council needs to employ cleaners/sweepers to maintain footpaths in general.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jul. 2019

Peaceful and quiet place, safe to walk around. Locals like to drink beer even during the early afternoon.

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