One of the largest cities in Belgium, Antwerp is known for being the major city in the Flanders region of the country, acting as its cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Antwerp is known for being a major centre for the diamond trade – apparently, as much as 70% of the world’s diamonds are traded in the city, while the Diamond Market is one of the city’s main shopping areas. As Belgium’s second city, Antwerp has plenty of things to see and do. It has an array of museums, plenty of bars and restaurants serving Flemish and Dutch cuisine, a handful of sporting events and venues plus plenty of impressive sights along the River Scheldt. Antwerp is also home to notable Jain and Jewish communities who have left their mark on the city’s landscape.
As some of the roads in the centre of Antwerp are narrow and one-way, a small car that’s easy to turn is the best thing you could possibly have for getting around in.
Driving in Antwerp
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Important things to note
Some of the road signs in Antwerp use the city’s French spelling – Anvers. Be sure to note this when reading a map.
Some roads in the city centre form part of a complicated one-way system. It might be worth approaching them with caution.
Prices for parking in Antwerp, whether in underground car parks or on street parking bays, typically costs around €2 per hour.
Highlights & Hotspots
Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, has over 4,000 animals within its walls. The Zoo also has plenty of public artworks nestled in among the animals as well as some interesting examples of 19th century architecture.
Plantin Moretus Museum, the home of one of the pioneers of printing and the written word, is one of the world’s finest museums dedicated to publishing. It has a huge collection of books and working printing presses as well as exhibits showing how printing has evolved through the ages.
Built just a few years ago, the impressive Museum aan de Stroom is home to some of the more impressive exhibits you’re likely to find in Belgium. The museum has an amazing 470,000 different objects, many of which are in storage.
The main cultural event in the city is Zomer van Antwerpen, a major city-wide festival which comprises of live performances. Circuses, theatre, dancing, live music and even movies screened in public spaces take place every summer.
Antwerp International Airport (Internationale Luchthaven Antwerpen) is roughly 1.5 miles southwest of the city centre. Despite serving the city, there are few flights to and from here on a daily basis, with London-City being the most popular destination.
To get here, try and get onto Vosstraat, which goes onto another road leading to the city centre vita the N184.