Antwerp the city of diamonds and culture

After i finish my trip around Netherlands i decide to go to Antwerp. I catch a train from Utrecht to Rosendaal via Amsterdam. Was a 1-30 min drive and cost me 20 euros. I change the trains in Amsterdam. My friend was waiting for me with the campervan on the Rosendaal parking front of the station.

Antwerp  is one of the biggest city in Belgium and one of the richest.Center of the city is low emotion zone so we didnt enter there and park near Crown Plaza hotel in Antwerp. We walk from there to my friend friend. The part we pass was amazing. Lot of colonial buildings thats show the power of this city as  a main port in the time of the colonialism.

antwerp center

Things to see and do in Antwerp

Walking to the city center we pass by some nice quarters. In the city centers we saw market Christmas place and we get to the cathedral St Marry. One of the biggest cathedrals in Belgium and one of the most beautiful in that area. Entrance was 6 euros and we spend one hour exploring the cathedral. What caught eye was the great decoration that cathedral have. Also was build in 3 centuries and there is a map how they progress.

Next to the cathedral was many cozy bars and we decide before sit in ne to walk around the old city, lot of narrow streets and fantastic atmosphere. City was buzzing with people. Most of them was heading to the diamond quarters to get some presents.On our way to the central station in Antwerp we saw some nice and modern malls full with people.

cathedral antwerp

Antwerp it self my friends said is changing constantly but old good port is still there to amaze with the size and amount of work that is done there .There is also a lot of museums that can be visit in Antwerp. One of those places is house where Rubens was living. Huge place that show parts of his life. Rubens was a famous painter that was  live there. For those who love animals can visit Aquatopia for sharks and other water animals and really nice ZOO located next to the central train station in the Antwerp.

antwerp central


Antwerp have so many places to stay. Price vary from the style of the place to location. low budget will be around 25 euros. Mid range and luxury will cost you way more from 45-120 euros. Also there is  many places where you can park your van but need to be outside of the center if is older camper van.

Im really keen to get back here to this city, was 2013 and now again. Its always great to be in Antwerp.