A daytrip to Antwerp 2009
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After a very busy and long week we had the need to relax!!
So I came up with the idea to go on a spontaneous daytrip to the belgian city of Antwerp. That's always a good way to clear our minds. And this time we had a lovely view on the country when we travelled to the city because it has a snowy landscape! It was stunning!!
We parked the car for free next to "the Ring" of Antwerp and went by bus to the centre. First we went to "the Groenplaats" a big square where the beautiful Hilton hotel is situated. We walked through the lovely old city with it's beautiful churches, buildings, town hall, museum, restaurants, bars etc
Here is some information about Antwerp:
Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium's three regions.
In the 16th century, Antwerp was noted for the wealth of its citizens ("Antwerpia nummis"); the houses of these wealthy merchants and manufacturers have been preserved throughout the city. However fire has destroyed several old buildings, such as the house of the Hanseatic League on the northern quays in 1891. The city also suffered considerable war damage by V-bombs, and in recent years other noteworthy buildings were demolished for new developments.
- Antwerp Zoo was founded in 1843, and is home to more than 6,000 animals (about 769 species). One of the oldest zoos in the world, it is renowned for of its high level of research and conservation.
- Central Station is a railway station designed by Louis Delacenserie that was completed in 1905. It has two monumental neo-baroque facades, a large metal and glass dome (60m/197 ft) and a gilt and marble interior
- Cathedral of Our Lady.
- St. James' Church, is more ornate than the cathedral. It contains the tomb of Rubens
- The Church of St. Paul has a beautiful baroque interior. It is a few hundred yards north of the Grote Markt
- Plantin-Moretus Museum preserves the house of the printer Christoffel Plantijn and his successor Jan Moretus
- Boerentoren (Farmers' Tower) or KBC Tower, a 26-storey building built in 1932, is the oldest skyscraper in Europe
- Royal Museum of Fine Arts, close to the southern quays, has a collection of old masters (Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian) and the leading Dutch masters.
- Rubenshuis is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577��"1640) in Antwerp. It is now a museum.
- Exchange or Bourse, one of the earliest institutions in Europe with that title, was built in 1872.
According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the port of Antwerp was the seventeenth largest (by tonnage) port in the world in 2005 and second only to Rotterdam in Europe. The old Belgian bluestone quays bordering the Scheldt for a distance of 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the north and south of the city centre have been retained for their sentimental value and are used mainly by cruise ships and short-sea shipping.
Antwerp's other great mainstay is the diamond trade. The city has four diamond bourses: one for bort and three for gem quality goods.
So enough info for now! Now it's time for shopping!! And that's one thing you can do there, take my word for it!!!! So many shops!!!
And ofcourse we had to eat and drink something! So we ate a nice warm belgian wafel hmmmm. And later on we went to a nice restaurant there. There are so many nice and romantic restaurants there!
Ofcourse we bought belgian chocolates to take away home!!
On the way home I made some nice pictures of the snowy landscapes !!
So, it was a great day!!! Till the next time!!