If you love beautiful architecture, Antwerp is a place that you should consider putting on your travel list.  Located not too far from Brussels, Antwerp has a sumptuous Baroque style, meaning there are gorgeous sights to admire (and photograph) at every glance.  

My trip to Antwerp was short and sweet.  There was just enough time for a brisk walk around the city to take in the sights, snap a few pictures and of course grab something to eat.

When you visit Antwerp, one of the first things that you will probably notice is the iconic Cathedral Of Our Lady, which is Antwerp’s main focal point.  It is Gothic in style and houses a collection of major works of art, including a series by Rubens.

One thing you must do whilst in Belgium is to have some pomme frites, which is one of the country’s signature eats.

The Grote Markt (or “Great Market Square” as we would know in English) is a must.  It’s incredibly pretty – the buildings look like massive gingerbread houses!

Antwerp is home to some fantastic museums to keep you amused.  Pity I didn’t have enough time to see any of them – the popular ones include Museum Plantin-MoretusRed Star Line MuseumMAS – Museum aan de Stroom and Rubens House (Rubenshuis).  

Interestingly, Antwerp’s Diamond quarter is where a large percentage of the world’s cut diamonds are processed.  The Antwerp Diamond Museum is the place to go to admire some serious bling and is definitely somewhere that I’ll be visiting next time I’m in the city.

A big thank you to Heverlee for such a wonderful trip, during which I enjoyed plenty of its beer.

(Above) The Heverlee Lodge, where I stayed, in nearby Leuven.

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