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Review: Antwerp



So good they named it twice

  • By SilverTraveller mhicmac

    2 reviews

  • Nov 2012
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Of course, in fact, not really named twice – just the French and Flemish versions of the city's name. It is funny about these names – how most people in the UK still use the 'old' French name 'Bruges' for Brugge but almost no-one calls Antwerp Anvers or Gent Gand; and, indeed, nobody calls Zeebrugge Bruges-by-the-Sea. But I digress!!

We have just returned from a weekend in Antwerpen (to give it its full name!!) and if you like any of the following then we thoroughly recommend that you follow in our footsteps:

• excellent food (from many cultures).

• and drink (everyone knows about Belgian beer….).

• splendid art nouveau and art deco architecture (especially the area around Zurenborg) but also medieval buildings to rival Brugge.

• fine art: after all this is the home town of Rubens and has links with Bruegel and Van Gogh. And you should not miss visiting the newly opened Museum aan de Stroom(MAS) if only for the panoramic view of the city and docks from the top.

• river trips on the Schelde and to WWII locations.

• history from the time of both the Hanseatic League; and the earliest days of printing: The Pantin-Moretus Museum is located in the building that was one of the very first printing houses in the world.

• fashion: visit the shops of the Antwerp Seven such as Dries Van Noten.

Who says Belgium is boring….

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  • DRSask
    almost 9 years ago
    Belgium is never boring. I have been a couple of times and enjoyed it tremendously. Antwerp was great for Rubens paintings in the Cathedral ("The Raising of the Cross from 1610, "The Descent from the Cross from 1612, and"The Assumption of Our Lady" from 1626), though we found St. Paul's Church to be more interesting as a building, especially the Mount Calvery outside. We took a very intersting walking tour of the old town to learn about the history of the buildings. Our favourite eatery was Via Appia at Paarkenmarkt 35-2000. I don't know if the restaurant is still there as it has been a few years, but it was excellent food and service.