Photo Essay: Discover Antwerp, Belgium’s Other Great City
While in Egypt, we met a fun Dutch couple from Amsterdam. When we told them of our future plans to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam they both agreed that, if the opportunity presented itself, we must make the effort to visit Antwerp.
Equipped with a 10-segment rail pass that allowed 24 hours to complete each trip segment, we strategized how to squeeze in a day trip to Belgium’s lesser known city. After studying the maps and train schedule, we realized that Antwerp was located right in the middle of the popular Brussels-Amsterdam train route.
There were several trains departing Antwerp in the evening, arriving in Amsterdam later that night. The plan came together quickly and was actually quite simple.
We departed Brussels early in the morning, arriving in Antwerp late morning. It gave us about 5 hours for sightseeing and lunch, which is more than enough time to explore the historical city renowned as being the diamond capital of the world (provided you skip the shopping!).
Take a walk with us as we discover Antwerp in 5 hours!
To view the photo slideshow click here – Antwerp, Belgium Slideshow
When we arrived, the weather wasn’t cooperating. It was cold, rainy and overcast. Fortunately, as you can see in the photo below, within 20 minutes of arriving the clouds parted and the sun decided to make an appearance.
Above: Pedestrian shopping streets with the towering gothic cathedral in the backdrop. Ironically a McDonald’s restaurant located on the strip (you can’t travel anywhere without the golden arches making an appearance!).
Above: Wandering the cobblestone streets of Antwerp, admiring its wonderful European architecture. You’ll notice the trees have no leaves as we were visiting in December, which was surprisingly the perfect time of year to visit Europe.
Above: The picture perfect 11th century Steen Castle, located on the shores of the Scheldt River.
Below: Nicole at the gates of the fairy-tale, medieval castle.
We were glad that our Dutch friends recommended we visit Antwerp, otherwise we likely would have skipped it while on the train from Brussels to Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful riverside city rich in history and with stunning architecture.
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