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Daytrips From Brussels - Visiting Antwerp: A Half Hour Train Ride From Brussels  

Antwerp Main Square

A little over half an hour by train from the very heart of Brussels is the busy port city of Antwerp, home of the Flemish Baroque master Rubens, and a perfect daytrip from the Belgian capital. If you have a longer stay in Brussels, you’ll want to experience a day here to enjoy it’s interesting fashion shops and nice mix of good value restaurants. If you fancy a stay overnight then the abundance of good, clean hotels will be a welcome sight – particularly as they charge significantly less than you’ll pay in Brussels. You can book a hotel from the tourist office in the town centre of Grote Markt.

The equivalent of Grand Place for Antwerp is its pleasant Grote Markt square. Here are some of the must-see sights in Antwerp if you’re only about for a short stay:

  - After checking out Grote Markt amble over to the Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal – one of the most impressive medieval churches to be found anywhere in Belgium, Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal dates back to the 15th century.

- Museum lovers will enjoy Maritime Museum, Rockoxhuis Museum, Momo (a museum dedicated to fashion), Plantin-Moretus Museum and Museum voor Schone Kunsten (art).

Eating Out in Antwerp

Quite similar to Brussels, there are no shortage of restaurants and cafes in Antwerp – however it is significantly cheaper to eat.

Most Antwerp restaurants tend to follow French cuisine, with the occasional addition of a few fine Belgian touches or the use of typical Belgian ingredients. But being a port city, Antwerp is quite cosmopolitan and you’ll find a whole range of European and various ethnic cuisines. The greatest concentration of places to eat is in the areas around the historic city centre, the central station and the South quarter of the city.


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