Antwerp, Belgium, in 10 Photos

I would like to continue this new photo series of Belgian cities that I’m doing with Antwerp, Belgium—the previous photo posts featured Ghent and Leuven.

Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city, second only after Brussels, and is home to a plethora of world-class attractions and landmarks. There’s so much to see that a visit to Antwerp simply has to last at least two days.

Let’s start with the magnificent Central Station, a train station so huge and impressive it has been nicknamed “The Railway Cathedral.” If you arrive in Antwerp by train, as many visitors, will you be immediately be impressed by this superb architectural treasure.

Right next to the Central Station lies the so-called Diamond Quarter. This is the very place where about 85% of all the rough diamonds in the worlds are traded, cut, sold and bought. 85%! No wonder Antwerp is considered to be the world capital of the diamond industry.

In addition to jewels, Antwerp is also the home base of the Antwerp Six, a group of six fashion designers who studied at and graduated from the city’s world-renowned Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Throw in some world-class art—Antwerp used to be where Peter Paul Rubens lived—and you have a cosmopolitan city that offers visitors a diversity that’s hard to find in other cities of this size. Antwerp is home to no more than 600,000 people.

Other landmarks worth mentioning are the castle Het Steen on the banks of the Scheldt River, the striking Cathedral of Our Lady which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the absolutely gorgeous Great Market Square and the Meir shopping street. If you have some extra time, also consider visiting the Antwerp Zoo, which is one of the oldest and greatest animal parks in the world. It’s located right next to the Central Station.

After this attraction-filled intro, it’s high time to continue with what this post was about in the first place: Antwerp photos. Enjoy!

Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp

Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp
Cathedral of Our Lady
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Diamond shop in Antwerp
Diamond shop
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Rubens House in Antwerp
Rubens House
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Cafés in the historic city center
Cafés in the historic city center
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Antwerp Central Station
Antwerp Central Station
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: View from the Scheldt River
View from the Scheldt River
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Het Steen castle, Antwerp
Het Steen Castle
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Carolus Borromeus Church in Antwerp
Carolus Borromeus Church
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Tavern in Antwerp
Typical tavern
Top 10 Pictures of Antwerp: Guild houses at the Great Market Square
Guild houses at the Great Market Square

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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