Antwerp is Belgium’s second city, biggest port and capital of cool. It has long been a powerful magnet for everyone from fashion moguls and club queens to art lovers and diamond dealers. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens – as many a museum will regularly remind you. Despite many historical travails thereafter, and severe WWII bombing, Antwerp retains an intriguing medieval heart with plenty of café-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral. Today, however, Antwerp’s top drawcards are its vibrant fashion and entertainment scene, along with its startling architectural and cultural contrasts.
Here are estimated travel times to other exciting cities. Attend IOLC and then extend your stay!
Amsterdam - 1 hour 15 minutes
Bruges - 90 minutes
Brussels - 45 minutes
Cologne - 4 hours
Ghent - 45 minutes
London - 3 hours 45 minutes
Paris - 2 hours 30 minutes
Rotterdam - 35 minutes
7,5 metres above sea level, distance from north to south: 26km, distance from west to east: 11 km
Antwerp has more than 500,000 inhabitants.
Antwerp has inhabitants of 173 nationalities
Antwerp is subdivided into nine districts: Antwerp, Berchem, Berendrecht-Zandvliet-Lillo, Borgerhout, Deurne, Ekeren, Hoboken, Merksem and Wilrijk
One of the best ways to travel around Belgium and surrounding countries is by train. The Antwerp Central Station has been ranked as the fourth most beautiful train station in the world!