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