Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and one renowned for its architecture. The cosmopolitan city is one of Europe’s fashion hubs, home to the world’s largest diamond-cutting industry and there are, of course, a plethora of chocolate shops.
Bus 14 leaves for Antwerp Central Station regularly. Taxis are available outside arrivals. After your flight to Antwerp, it's easy to get around the city.
Close to Antwerp Cathedral, the three-star Hotel Julien is the city’s first art hotel. It is located in two historic buildings but tries to create a trendy, city atmosphere and has a roof terrace with views across the city. www.hotel-julien.com
The Hilton hotel is located on Antwerp’s most famous and historic town square in the heart of the city centre, within walking distance of all major attractions. The building formerly housed the Grand Bazar Shopping mall and the original 1864 facade still forms part of the hotel. www.hilton.com
De Godevaart is an expensive but popular option and the high prices reflect the quality of the food on offer. A good choice for special occasions or impressing clients. www.degodevaart.be
Vigneto is a wine bar offering tasty tapas in the bustling heart of Antwerp, near the Green Place. www.wijnbar-vigneto.be
After World War II, Antwerp became the new diamond shoppers paradise; the world’s most important jewellers, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels buy their diamonds from the city. See the attraction for yourself at Diamondland – Antwerp’s largest diamond showroom, conveniently located near the Central Station. www.diamondland.be
Visit the family home of the leading Baroque artist of his era, Rubens, to witness the charming garden, creators’ workshop and vast art collection. www.rubenshuis.be
May - July 2013 - Sinksenfoor Fair - one of Belgium's largest fun fairs - http://www.sinksenfoor.be/
22 July 2013 - Iron Man Half Trialathon - over 1000 of the world's best athletes will compete in this annual event which involves swimming, cycling and running - http://sport.be.msn.com/antwerpironman/