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Antwerp - The largest city in Flanders
Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and is very popular among shopoholics who are only too happy to stroll along De Meir. Travelers also like to combine a Brussels city trip with a visit to Antwerp. The city therefore offers many sights for those who love culture and gastronomy.
Trains to Antwerp
Antwerp Central is the largest train station in Antwerp and is an attraction in itself due to its architecture. It is located right in the center, at the end of the Meir and within walking distance of numerous sights such as the zoo. In addition to Antwerp Central, there is also Berchem station, Antwerp South and Antwerp-Luchtbal.
Train connections with Brussels
Antwerp has a very good connection with Brussels in terms of trains. Around 75 trains run between the two cities every day. The total travel time total around 53 minutes. Those who want to travel faster between both cities can also use the Thalys. Reservations are required. Those arriving in Belgium via Brussels Airport can continue their journey by train. A diabolo supplement of 5 euros is required.
Train connections with Bruges
Bruges is one of the biggest popularity attractions in the country. A visit to Antwerp is often combined with a city trip to Bruges. Antwerp has a direct connection with Bruges. The total travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The Great Square
The Great Square is a triangular square and the center of Antwerp. It is the ideal starting point for visiting some of the popular sights in Antwerp. The terraces are crowded on nice days. The square is dominated by the tower of the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Town Hall. That City Hall was built between 1561 and 1564 in Renaissance style.
Cathedral of Our Lady
The beautiful Antwerp cathedral rises above the center of the city through the large tower of 123 meters high. The cathedral has been built, demolished and rebuilt several times so that you can find different architectural styles. The church was founded in the twelfth century around a ninth-century chapel. There is also little left of the original interior due to the sixteenth-century iconoclasm, but there are also a number of famous works by Antwerp artist Peter Paul Rubens in the church.
The Antwerp Zoo dates from 1843 and is one of the best known, oldest and most beautiful city zoos in Europe. It is located right next to Central Station (if you are on platform 6, you can see the walls and trees of the zoo). There are around 1000 different animal species on display at the zoo, and you can also walk around the zoo at the zoo.
The Museum aan de Stroom can be found on Het Eilandje since 2011 and is told about the history of the city. Particular attention is paid to Antwerp as an important port city, and the MAS also houses the old collection of the nearby Maritime Museum and the collection of the former Museum of Ethnology. At the top of the building you can enjoy the view over Antwerp on the (free to enter) panorama roof terrace.
Green and sustainable tips for Antwerp
Traveling by train is a sustainable way of traveling, but there are also many sustainable ways of transport in Antwerp itself. The city has an extensive tram network that allows you to move to every corner of the city. The bus is also a cheap means of transport within the city.