Well-known as the "world's premier jewel city", more than 70% of all jewels are sold there. It is the centre of the Belgian business department. Over 85% of the world's raw and 50% of polished and 40% of manufactured stones are in town.
Antwerpen is the second biggest town in Belgium. The town has a lovely historical centre and is world-famous for its clothing industries. Antwerp is the second biggest harbour in Europe and an important factor in the Belgian economy. Antwerp " is probably taken from "aan de werpe", which indicates a place where the winding stream sands.
It is the stately home of the chateau "het Steen" and the hands of Antwerp. Antwerp was one of the most important centers of finance in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, where merchants from all over Europe and Asia were selling and buying their goods. Following the Spanish occupation of Antwerp in 1585, this became Amsterdam's capital.
Nevertheless, Antwerp has experienced a serious economical return since the nineteenth and especially since the twentieth centuries. With 506,225 inhabitants (2012), it is Belgium's second biggest town after Brussels and has a large harbour in Europe. Antwerp's long and cultural heritage means that it is home to many interesting historic monuments from various eras and many interesting museuses.
Lately it has become a fashionable town that attracts many Dutch and international painters, authors, intellectuals as well as comedians. Antwerpen is a multifaceted town. Although not as historic as other Dutch mediaeval towns such as Bruges or Ghent, it is a very vibrant town, which offers a combination of historical and contemporary living.
Antwerpen is easy to reach by road, but there can be a lot of transport. You can try one of the P+R outside the town center. Since February 1, 2017, Antwerp has had an environmental protection area in the inner cities, so heavily polluted automobiles are no longer welcome. However, the press reports that, with the exception of the Netherlands licence plate, the town currently has no legitimate way of locating the holders of registration plate holders in other states.
Airports Antwerp (IATA: ANR). CityJet[ 16] is the major carrier to Antwerp International and flies to London Central International Center (LCY) three flights a day, with easy access to Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh and Jersey. Recently FlyBe started a day trip to London Southend Flughafen (SEN). From Antwerp International Airports there is a frequent coach service to Berchem railway terminal (lines 51, 52, 53), from where there are several services to the center of the town ( (e.g. tramway line 9).
Brussels-IATA- BRU airport. There is a local shuttle service to and from the aerodrome every single lesson, which cost 10 euros. There are two stations in Antwerp: in the Hotel Crowne Plaza and in the center of the town, in front of the main train stop. The Antwerp main train terminal is connected to Brussels International Airports by train every few hours and takes about 35 min (45 min on bank and weekend).
The Charleroi Airport (IATA: CRL), sold as "Brussels South Charleroi Airport", is a low-cost airport mainly operated by Ryanair and WizzAir. There is an A line to Charleroi Sud railway from where there are trains to all of Belgium. The Belgian Railway sells a combination expressed coach and rail ticket: from Antwerp Central Railwaystation it is about 2 hrs and about 20 Euro.
AMS at Schiphol International Airports (IATA: AMS). You can take the Amsterdam Schiphol to Antwerp main railway terminal in two ways. Firstly, the scheduled Amsterdam - Brussels inter-city services run 16 services a day. The second possibility is the brilliant gleaming orange high-speed Thalys Amsterdam - Paris railway, which also links Amsterdam International and Antwerp main railway stations, in half the usual timeframe, but at twice the price.
No matter what you do, do not board a Thalys with a normal inter-city seat or the other way around. The Thalys and normal rail fares are not exchangeable and you will be penalised for travel without a current one. Duesseldorf International Airports (IATA: DUS) is the third biggest German city. Antwerp is not easily accessible by rail, but since June 2014 a Deutsche Bahn Antwerp coach has been connecting Antwerp directly with Düsseldorf International Airports three flights a day.
Antwerpen Central is one of the few European rail terminals with its own IATA access codes (IATA: ZWE). As a result, many carriers can provide direct flights to Antwerp. According to requirements and travelling times these can be much less expensive than the flight to the next international airports and the journey by rail.
You will then be flying to Amsterdam, Paris or Düsseldorf. Once you have picked up your baggage, log in at the check-in counter to pick up a "boarding pass" for a high-speed rail or coach service to Antwerp. Antwerpen has a Eurolines branch near the main coach terminal (Rooseveltplaats, Van Stralenstraat office).
Astridplein ("Koningin Astridplein") and Berchem. Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Groningen, Brussels, Delft, London, Nijmegen etc. Antwerp is also served by Ecolines via the Riga-Paris line with airline ticket sales which can be ordered on-line or through Euro-Maror (Paardenmarkt 65). Busses stop on the Borsbeekbrug near Antwerp-Berchem rail terminal.
There is a dedicated cross-border coach (Veolia 19) between Antwerp and the Netherlands towns of Breda and Hulst every hour. The train departs from Breda train stop in Antwerp at Noorderplaats (the stop is at the northernmost part of Italiëlei) and on the right shore (Halewijnlaan). De Lijn Transport Company runs a tightly knit system of busses, streetcars and subway lines in the town and its area.
You can drive up to one hours within the town limits for one ticket. You may have to spend more for additional areas if you want to move outside the town. Franklin Rooseveltplaats is the main coach terminal, close to the main railway stop. Almost all busses depart from there or from Antwerp-Zentral or Antwerp-Berchem railway-ends.
Because of the heavy rail and bus transport, Antwerp does not always run according to the timetable, especially not during peak hours. Usually, however, the number of people in the center of the center is high enough not to cause too much hassles. They' re waiting for clients in certain places in the cities (hand beckoning will rarely work), like Groenplaats or the train/cabin.
It is not as hard to drive in Antwerp as in many major towns around the globe, but the crossing can be very messy for newcomers. INRIX in 2014 identified Antwerp and Brussels as the two most crowded towns in Europe and North America. In 2014, the London Guardian paper released an essay entitled "5 reasons Belgium has the lowest level of transport in Europe".
You should try to leave your vehicle as near as possible and walk. The old part of the village is about 1.5 km in length and can be reached on foot, but there are a number of good means of transportation. It' an approx. 40 minute / 1.5 miles long drive through the cityscape. Antwerpen Zoo - One of the oldest Zoo in the word, with over 4000 specimens and a lot of nineteenth c. style and arquitecture.
It is one of the most imposing and biggest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, constructed in 1351, and rises over 400 feet. Old Market, (Stadhuis/Grote Markt). That is the historic center of the cityscape. It has a unique architectonic design with a Gothic and Early Renaissance blend.
Situated on the bank of the Scheldt, where it was once used as a fortified town. M@s | Musée à la Stroom - Antwerp's newest and biggest collection was constructed to collect the collection of many smaller musea spread all over the town. Antwerp is the world" is his major topic.
There is no charge to look around the house and you can walk up to the roof, which has a very broad panoramic overlooking Antwerp. Boerentors (peasant tower) - This 97 metre high-rise in the historic city centre is said to be the oldest on the continental Europe.
Upstairs there is a viewing platform with a magnificent view over the town and the cathedral close by, but now off-limits to the general view. Rotlichtviertel - Like other towns like Amsterdam and Hamburg, Antwerp has its own Rotlichtviertel on Verversrui and the neighbouring highways.
Although prohibited by statute, the Municipality of Antwerp has chosen to allow street sex tourism and has established a constant policing force to ensure the security of employees and ward off other crime activities that are often associated with this sector - await policing missions. Diamond County - This is the county south west of the main railway yard.
Like the name suggests, you will find here innumerable jewelry stores and the Antwerp Diamonds Exchange, probably the most important finance center of the diamonds industries in the whole wide globe. It is also interesting from an ethnical and culture point of view, as the diamonds industries are ruled by the Antwerp Jews - although the influence of India's traders is growing fast.
Joodse hijk (Jewish Quarter), Antwerp has a large Judaic community (about 15,000 people), many of them Chassidic Orthodox. Antwerpen is one of the most important centers of the Jews in the whole wide globe with the nice synagogue "Van Den Nest" and "Bouwmeester". ECK is an exhibition room for modern fine artists in an old filling plant.
Today, the town' s southside is known as the trendiest part. In the middle of this district there is a large place named de dempte ziderdokken, which means "the full southerly docks". They' re filling the harbor to extend the town. The Kloosterstraat road, which connects the town' s central and southerly parts, is famous for its many antiques stores.
The Singel  This Antwerp hot spot is home to the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Somewhat below is the Antwerp Expo, the Antwerp exhibition centre, which hosts major fairs and meetings on a regular basis. Situated in the southeast of Antwerp (near the Antwerp-Berchem train terminal, see "Cogels-Osylei" on the map), this district is known for its 18th and 20th centuries ecclectic, sometimes quite strange arquitect.
You have a nice panoramic sight of the town on the lefthand shore, so please take your cameras with you! There is not much to see here, but it is very calm in comparison to the citycenter. It has an imposing downstairs pub and the Poorershuis, a copy of the Antwerp businessman's home from the seventeenth cent.
Antwerp Harbour - Take a trip through one of the biggest harbours in the underworld. Europe's second biggest harbour and the fifth biggest in the whole wide area. The Ghostly Nighttime Route, (Antwerp Ghostwalk) - Take the ghostly route and get to know the darkness of Antwerp. Summer of Antwerp, +32 (0)3 224 8528.
It is a great celebration that will take place all year round in the town. The Laundry Day is a big dancing event in Antwerp. Meir is the principal retail area, a road that runs from the Keyserlei (near the railway station) to Groenplaats. This is one of the most popular Belgian commercial avenues.
Nationalestraat, Huidevettersstraat and Kammenstraat (all near the Meir) are also very interesting malls. Buying a diamonds in one of the many touristic jeweller's stores around the main railway train stations can be an uncomfortable one. As in every major diamonds town in the whole wide globe, there are many touristic diamonds stores around the diamonds quarter, although you can say that you can buy jewels here for much less than in the UK if you are willing to trade.
Prosperous diamondpurchasers should shop on-line before their visit to Antwerp. When you are less affluent and someone asks you to take along stones from Antwerp, buy diamond-shaped praline chocolates from e.g. Burie (Korte Gasthuisstraat 3), Château Blanc (Torfbrug 1) or Del Rey (Appelmansstraat 5). This area is also home to the Museum of Fashion and many stores of renowned Antwerp clothing design artists such as Walter van Beirendonck and Dries van Noten.
The Antwerp store is home to all major Belgium brand names such as Leonidas, Neuhaus and Godiva. There are also some very good chocolatier like SJOKOLAT (Hoogstraat 33) who like to try new tastes or Goossens (Isabellalei 6) for a more tradition.
The Chinatown is about 300m from the main station (see also Eat). Stop at the stand in the middle of the place where you can buy a scroll of cheeses with a jar of cooled cave wine to rinse them off, very sociable! Antwerpen has several universities and a number of universities.
of Antwerp. Antwerpen Maritime Academy. The University of Antwerp currently provides 9 fully English-language Master's courses, 7 intermediate Master's courses and 7 post-graduate diplomas in linguistics, computer science and maritime transport. Antwerpen is home to over 30,000 enrolled college graduates, offering a pulsating college environment that also has many facets of tradition.
Situated in the heart of Europe, it is a favourite place for Erasmus exchange programmes, with a rich day and night life and a very affordable standard of living in comparison to the neighbouring caps. Ongoing and future Erasmus scholars should contact ESN Antwerp, part of the Erasmus student network and be very actively involved in organising projects to help foreign scholars find their way around.
Like in most cities in Flanders, there are many fritcots in the town. Pitta/Sharma - These stores are often open all days and are the last to shut down. It is opposite the Grote Kauwenberg 41. Long Kievitstraat 52 2018 Antwerp, Belgium. The Keyserlei (the road that goes westwards from the main station) is a road with a wide variety of dining options.
The Chinatown district occupies several roads on the northern side of Koningin-Astrid-Plein (the large plaza just off the main train station). There is a second "Da Giovanni" on the Keyserlei, near the main trainhof. Situated in the southern part of Antwerp, near the new court building. This is no longer a place to eat, but still a Hare Krishna mall.
Antwerp's oldest fish and shellfish caterer. There is a French fry store on almost every street in town. Palafel Tof +32 3 291 66 60 (Hoogstraat 32) A cheap palafel eatery in the citycenter. Savan's Aahaar +32 3 226 00 52 (Lange Herentalsestraat 23) A cheap chef near the main trainhof.
Otto's Creperie Bretonne +32 487 65 01 84 (Reyndersstraat 11) A creperie near Grooenplaats. You can also enjoy Brussels waffles and pofferjes as a dessert. Whenever you are in Antwerp, you will always be near a local beer bar or other drinker. No wonder for a town with the most bars per head of the globe.
Antwerp is not closed for public. The Angel - The most popular Antwerp coffee shop. Friendliest Caffè Nation in Antwerp. The Hovenier - Typical Antwerp tavern near the Sint-Jacob church. Non-smokers' coffee shop near Antwerp-Berchem railwayhof. Witzli Poetzli (Blauwmoezelstraat 8 2 hours daily) The Witzli Poetzli is a very small coffee shop in the City.
Cafe d'Anvers -- The most notorious nightclub in Antwerp. The Koninck (commonly referred to as "Bolleke") - Antwerp beers. Antwerp Hands - Small cookies or pralines in the form of a single handed. Antwerp Six - Clothing created by Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Marina Yee and Dirk Van Saene.
Antwerpen Mabuhay Lodgings Bed and Breakfast, guest house in the cosy surroundings of Antwerp. Situated in the center of the town, just around the corner from the main railway stop, the YHA is open to all. 10-minute tramway ride from the center of the town, ideal for low-budget travel.
This is a very cosy and familiar place to stay near the town center. Hotel Antwerp Centrum, (+32)3/2318830. Well located in the town center, near the Stadschouwburger Theater and the Vogeltjesmarkt. This is a former medical center, which is a convention center, but also provides shelter. Downtown now has free Wi-Fi, which is available through a Facebook or Google user interface after registration.
It also has some members who live in and around Antwerp and often offer free connections. When you are a seminarian or a member of a higher educational institution or research institution in other parts of the globe, you can probably join the Wi-Fi Higher Learning Network in and near most Antwerp Universities or colleges for free.
While most parts of Antwerp are secure, some districts may be less well off, especially among women travelers, as the indigenous populations are full of alien culture and young men dominate the roads, especially in the area around De Coninckplein and in the districts of Borgerhout, Seefhoek and Schipperskwartier.
It is also very important to secure your bicycle correctly if you leave it out on the road all over town so that you cannot see it in your vehicle. For a non-urgent investigation or the nearest policestation, you can call 0800/12312 free of charge. The majority of Antwerp policemen are kind and well-trained.
The Antwerp Central Railway Court is particularly important because there are pocket thieves in the area who use small kids to divert their casualties, while razor cut laptops and sac a lace. There are an estimated 15 cases of pocket picking at the railway terminal every day. In Antwerp there are also picking pockets working in other bustling railway terminals such as Berchem.
As Flanders (and Belgium) is not big, it is very simple to take the railway and go to another town. Bruxelles - The Belgian and some say the European capitol. Unfortunately, part of the historical (medieval) center of the old town was demolished at the end of the nineteenth centuary, when Belgium separated from the Netherlands and Brussels became the capitol of the new state.
Nevertheless, Brussels is known as a place of "hidden jewels", where you can bend a little less breath-taking corners and face an lavish and surprising Art Deco or Art Nouveau outfit. Large center of mediaeval painting in and around the Sint-Baafs Cloister. Louvain - A campus with the oldest Benelux universities.
A very young, lively town during the academic year, but quiet and restful in summers. A lot of them are also aimed at business people who find Brussels too costly. From the larger towns in Belgium, especially Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, it is relatively simple to get to other places in Flanders or Wallonia. Amstetten - You can take a local railway to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
There' s about one run per minute and it takes about two and a half to get there. There' s also the Thalys high-speed rail, which is a little more costly, but you can get there much quicker. You can take a bi-directional rail to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
There' s about one run per hours and it takes about an hours to get there. Bosch - You can take the railway to this mediaeval town (change at Roosendaal). It is about one hours by rail and you have to transfer at Roosendaal. This is known for the biggest bookshop in Europe ("Le fuset du Nord").
Trains are quite long (sometimes over two hours), making it less convenient for a outing.