Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium, and the largest in the region of Flanders, a perfect place to see churches, monuments and museums.
Antwerp is one of those Belgian cities where we can feel for a few kings day in the country with a glass of beer Koninck in hand, for example, or any of the other 400 brands that usually drink here, or take in the view of the old buildings of the Grote Markt.
Besides all of this, the city par excellence of the great Baroque painter Rubens, diamonds city and main seaport of Belgium. The heart of the city, which runs along the Scheldt, Grote Markt is of irregular shape, surrounded by very decorative buildings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The City Council fifteenth century shows a mixture of flamenco style and characteristics of the Italian Renaissance. Southeast of the square you can see the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, which casts the shadow the rest of the square. Besides, there are several ways you can meet up with escorts Antwerp. You can check out the nightlife at some of the city’s best nightclubs, including Red & Blue where escorts mix with the customers.
– VISITS IN ANTWERP
We stayed in the Gothic Cathedral of Antwerp, a place that not only dazzles us with its beauty and grandeur but also because it has a lot of paintings and sculptures by Rubens, l highlighting including the Deposition from the Cross. It is located in the heart of the city between the Groen Plaats and Grote Markt. To visit you can do it from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturdays from 10.00 to 15.00, and on Sundays from 13.00 to 16.00.
On leaving the cathedral we can approach the Groenplaats. It was built on the ancient cemetery of the cathedral and is characterized by a variety of restaurants and pubs, from which we can see the mighty statue of Rubens in the center of the square. With a little luck, we can see from here the silhouette of the KBC Tower, the first skyscraper built in Europe in 1930. It is also known as Boerentoren, the Tower of farmers, because the seat in which is was guild formerly owned by farmers.
There are many churches in Antwerp. One of them is Saint Jacobs, special because it was the place where he has buried Rubens and their close relatives when he died in 1640. You can visit from April to October, Monday to Saturday from 14.00 to 17.00, and from November to March Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 13.00. Another interesting church is San Pablo, late Gothic with interesting carvings. It can be visited daily from 14.00 to 17.00.
Now we have to go to the Grote Markt, the heart of the city, with its irregular layout and surrounded by decorative buildings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At its center the statue of Brabo. The City Council also located here is a beautiful building that combines flamenco styles with the Italian Renaissance, and was built between 1561 and 1564.
Outside the city center, we have to visit undoubtedly the Cogels Osylei, Street Art Nouveau, unique architecture of the early twentieth century. This street is near Berchem Station. You can not enter themselves in their buildings, but it is very interesting to walk through it, especially the Transvaal and Waterloo streets, where you will find beautiful examples of this style. There are also very good bars and restaurants in the area.
Other places that you delight in Antwerp are the Botanical Garden and the Zoo of the city. The Botanical Garden is not very big, but has a beautiful conservatory in the Leopoldstreet, a great place to sit on the grass and rest. Antwerp Zoo is located right next to the central station. It is the classic zoo life.
As you have seen, we have talked several times and Rubens, the famous Flemish painter, favorite son of the city. You can not go marching in Antwerp without visiting the museum, the most important here, the Rubenshuis.
Finally, and although it could continue to recommend many more places that you should know, I do not want to mention the pleasant walk that can be done along the Scheldt, along Steen. There you will meet Antwerp Castle, Het Steen, which encourage you to visit.
– NIGHT LIFE
Antwerp is very lively at night. The main areas for the moment are the Grote Markt and Groenplaats, which are hosting the largest number of bars, cafes, restaurants and theaters. The area of jazz and punk is Stadswaag, with its clubs and gay bars.
Antwerp has a rich cultural life with theater and classical music in Stadsschouwburg. The late night begins in the bars in town, either with a coffee or a great beer. The cafes are usually in the Groenplaats, while the pubs are grouped around Hoogstraat, Pelgrimstraat, Pieter Potstraat and around, all very close to the Grote Markt.
– GETTING TO ANTWERP
This is best done through Brussels International Airport, and from there take a train to Antwerp. Yes, the city has its own airport, Deurne Airport, seven kilometers east of the city, but very few flights operating here. There are many buses that connect the airport with the Pelikaanstraat, in the center of Antwerp.
You can also access by train to Antwerp. Antwerp is also connected to the high-speed train Thalys, linking Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Reservations must be made in advance. The bus station Antwerp is in the Franklin Rooseveltsplaats, a short distance northwest of the central station.