Antwerp city, capital of The Province of Antwerp, is Belgium most populous and second largest city. The metropolitan city is located near the river Schelde, which connects to the north-sea. The port of Antwerp is the second largest in Europe and among the top 20 of the world.
For centuries Antwerp has been an economically and culturally important city. Today there live about 170 nationalities in Antwerp, making it world’s second most multi-cultural city. The city is also know as “The Diamond capital of the World” due to it’s large diamond district.
How to travel to Antwerp?
Flights to Antwerp Airport:
There are international flights to London City airport, Liverpool and Manchester City. Other connections are Barcelona, Allicante, Ibiza, Mallorca etc. Alternatively you can book a flight to Brussels Zaventem or Brussels Charleroi Airport and from there on travel to Antwerp by train. Check http://www.skycanner.com to find the cheapest flights to Antwerp or Brussels Airport.
Trains to Antwerp
Antwerp has 3 railway stations and has excellent connection with other towns in Belgium.
- Antwerpen-Centraal Railway Station:The railway station serves national and international trains. There is a connaction for High Speed trains operated by Thalys giving Antwerp excellent connection with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, and Lille. The trainstation is located next to the Zoo. Check for combi-tickets to get a discount.
- Antwerpen Zuid (South) Railway Station: Serves local trains
- Antwerpen-Berchem Railway Station: Serves local trains
Getting around in Antwerp
Busses and Trams are operated by “De Lijn”. Bus and Tram tickets cost 3€ and are valid for 60 minutes. Within this period you can change lines as much as you want. After the 60 minutes you can continue your ride to your destination, but you can’t change lines anymore unless you purchase a new ticket. Day passes cost 5€ on pre-sale or 7€ on board. 3 day passes cost 10€ on pre-sale and 12€ on board
Finding accommodation in Antwerp
Antwerp Tourist Map
Sightseeing in Antwerp
Most attractions are within walking or biking distance from each other. But you can also get around the city with the trams and busses of De Lijn. Alternatively you can take a city tour in the tourist tram, cariage ride or trolley bus.
During your tour you will hear a recorded commentary in Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish. Italian, Russian, Japanse and Mandarin texts are also available. Check the sign in Groenplaats for the schedule and some practical information.
Duration: 40 minutes
Hop-on, hop-off tour in a bus with entry and exit points at the main sights of Antwerp. Headphones are included, with information in eight languages: Dutch, French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian. Ticket is valid for 24 hours.
The “hopNstop” is a hop-on/off trolley with following stops: Grote Markt, MAS, Red Star Line, Centraal Station, Groenplaats and Zuid. Commentary in 5 languages.
Daypass: 12,50€ (Free if you have a Antwerp City Card)
Instead of ordering a regular beer in a bar, ask for ” a bolleke”. It’s a locally brewed amber ale beer named “De Koninck” beer. Other typical local specialties of Antwerp are:
- Elixer D’anvers
- De Koninck Beer
- And of course Belgian Fries