Antwerp, the port-diamant
Fashion forward and cosmopolitan, Antwerp is a city you’re sure to fall in love with. The second largest port in Europe after Rotterdam, Antwerp has many surprises up its sleeves. Why not take a trip there with OUIBUS for a weekend escape? The largest city in Belgium in terms of the number of inhabitants, Antwerp is popular with visitors, especially thanks to its reputation as a global centre for diamonds. While you’re there, be sure to explore the diamond district: this is the heart of the world diamond trade and where you’ll find the top specialists in diamonds. Admire the brilliance and cut of these precious stones, and learn about the ethical sourcing of diamonds with a visit to the Diamond Museum: you’ll learn all about the origins of the diamond industry and its connection to this city.
If you are interested in art, you cannot miss Rubens’ House (Rubenshuis), the great painter’s home from 1577 to 1640. Here you will find dozens of paintings and other works of art, as well as furniture and décor as it would have been in Rubens’ time.
The port itself is fascinating to watch. Contemplate its historic and industrial past as you watch the containers coming in and out. More and more people are attracted to the docks, coming to photograph the raw, powerful beauty of its industrial scenes. You can also embark on a boat trip from here if you’re craving the open water. Antwerp is a major European hub of fashion. This means there’s plenty of great shopping in Antwerp. Head to the trendy district of Zuid to find some cool items to take home with you. And if you want to party in the evening, you’ll find Antwerp’s nightlife is lively and buzzing, with top DJs playing for a cool crowd in the city’s bars and clubs.