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Location: Antwerp

Day 1 - 3 Apr 2022

Antwerp-Central Railway Station (Station Antwerpen-Centraal)

Antwerp, Antwerp-Central Railway Station (Station Antwerpen-Centraal)
Antwerp, Antwerp-Central Railway Station (Station Antwerpen-Centraal)
Antwerp, Antwerp-Central Railway Station (Station Antwerpen-Centraal)

Content: The first thing is to pay a lot of attention on the details of the station. It is one of the most beautiful stations in Europe. There’s a famous zoo on the right where you can enter and see some flamingos cheat chatting without even getting the ticket.

Chocolate Nation

Antwerp, Chocolate Nation
Antwerp, Chocolate Nation
Antwerp, Chocolate Nation
Antwerp, Chocolate Nation
Antwerp, Chocolate Nation

Content: Belgian people are really proud of their chocolate. This museum documents about its origin, existence and importance for Belgian economy and lifestyle, as well as its impact on the rest of the world. It includes funny visual explanations on how the chocolate is made and there’s a final tasting of their in-house made chocolate. The audioguide is included in the entrance ticket (17€). I found it too expensive, plus the first part was more suited for children while the historical facts weren’t really captivating. It was a lot of reading that distracted visitors at a certain point. The best part was the tasting 😋

Huidevettersstraat

Antwerp, Huidevettersstraat
Antwerp, Huidevettersstraat

Content: We walked through the main shopping street. Antwerp is the city of fashion, not Brussels as one might think. It’s interesting to observe that the architecture detaches from the traditional Belgian style and dates back to the Neoclassical style attributed to Roman invasion.

Chiesa di San Paolo

Antwerp, Chiesa di San Paolo
Antwerp, Chiesa di San Paolo

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Cattedrale di Anversa

Antwerp, Cattedrale di Anversa
Antwerp, Cattedrale di Anversa
Antwerp, Cattedrale di Anversa
Antwerp, Cattedrale di Anversa

Content: The Cathedral, in neo-gothic style, has been renovating for long. I still couldn’t see it without WIP. The square in front of it is nice though, very typical houses and the famous baby with the street blanket, always full of people taking pictures with him. We toured around some of the streets nearby and I loved the spring flora growing on the walls.

DIVA, museum voor diamant, juwelen en zilver

Antwerp, DIVA, museum voor diamant, juwelen en zilver
Antwerp, DIVA, museum voor diamant, juwelen en zilver
Antwerp, DIVA, museum voor diamant, juwelen en zilver

Content: Antwerp is very famous for its diamonds. They were the first European port to trade them. Ticket: 14€

Steenplein

Antwerp, Steenplein
Antwerp, Steenplein
Antwerp, Steenplein

Content: There’s a nice bridge near the port and during summer they install a panoramic wheel. The port area can be very much ameliorated since the beauty of the water is not exploited, there’s no living, no restaurants or bars. It is such a pity. I suggest the tour on the wheel since it gives you an amazing view of the old town.

Het Steen

Antwerp, Het Steen

Content: This Castle is located along the waterfront and it known to be “split in halves”. The renovation stopped at a certain point and they decided to keep it like that because of its uniqueness (ok guys but you’re copying “Basilica di San Petronio” in Bologna, just chill). There’s a statue at the entrance about people litterally inspecting a bigger guy without a penis (?).

MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)

Antwerp, MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)
Antwerp, MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)
Antwerp, MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)
Antwerp, MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)
Antwerp, MAS / Museum aan de Stroom (MAS | Museum aan de Stroom)

Content: Probably the best part of it (but I’m in love with views). This is a museum of city contemporary art built on stilts on the water. We didn’t visit (although next time I want to) but we directly went to the last floor for the view (very suggested at sunset time). Tip: the opening times of the museum are different from the ones of the terrace, which stays open till late. A beer at the bar downstairs is suggested, a lot of people and nice vibes.

Zomerbar

Antwerp, Zomerbar

Content: We took a drink here, the place is nice but I’d rather remove the glass walls covering up the view.

Fiskeskur

Antwerp, Fiskeskur
Antwerp, Fiskeskur
Antwerp, Fiskeskur

Content: We went for dinner in this very nice place and enjoyed the sunset. The food is good but really expensive. We tried the “orange wine” and their typical river fish: the haring.

béguinage of Antwerp

Antwerp, béguinage of Antwerp
Antwerp, béguinage of Antwerp
Antwerp, béguinage of Antwerp
Antwerp, béguinage of Antwerp
Antwerp, béguinage of Antwerp

Content: We went back to the old town and passed by the begijnhof area (in Belgium it’s common to have a neighbourhood where monks or women without a partner were living as a community and producing beers or other handcrafted products, even music). It is probably one of the kinda spots I love the most about Belgium.

Grote Markt

Antwerp, Grote Markt
Antwerp, Grote Markt

Content: Finally, the main square. Pretty big. The central statue is referring to a legend saying that this guy here cut the hand of a giant who was blocking the port of Antwerp (and thus the trading) and threw it in the river (here explained the hand sculpture at the station and in the main shopping street). The statue is also known for showing an anatomically incorrect position, if you try to mimic it you’ll see what I mean!