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.

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Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury of the Dutch Revolt. It is located on the right bank of the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the estuary Westerschelde. According to folklore, and as celebrated by the statue in front of the town hall, the city got its name from a legend involving a mythical giant called Antigoon who lived near the river Scheldt. He exacted a toll from those crossing the river, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river Scheldt. Eventually, the giant was slain by a young hero named Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen��"akin to Old English hand and wearpan (= to throw), that has changed to today's warp.
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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.
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    This church was begun in the 14th century and finished in 1518. The church has four works by Rubens, viz. "The Descent from the Cross", "The Elevation of the Cross", " The Resurrection of Christ" and " The Assumption"
  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Since World War II families of the large Hasidic Jewish community have dominated Antwerp's diamond trading industry, although the last two decades have seen Indian and Armenian traders become increasingly important. Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the successor to the Hoge Raad voor Diamant, plays an important role in setting standards, regulating professional ethics, training and promoting the interests of Antwerp as a centre of the diamond industry.

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!!

Petra2111 says:
Thanks David!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2010
cneoridium says:
So many great pictures this trip!
Posted on: Apr 03, 2010
Petra2111 says:
Ja, heb er nu alweer zin in!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2010
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Groenplaats
Groenplaats
Hilton hotel
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statue of P.P. Rubens
statue of P.P. Rubens
nice terrace on the Groenplaats
nice terrace on the "Groenplaats"
nice italian restaurant
nice italian restaurant
Cathedral of our lady
Cathedral of our lady
Guildhouses
Guildhouses
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Cityhall on de Grote Markt
Cityhall on "de Grote Markt"
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