Antwerp Cathedral by night, Antwerp, Belgium
Photo by: Maribelle71 , Creative Commons

Among the many things that Antwerp, Belgium can offer, its contribution to the fashion industry might be one of the most important. It has produced many successful international fashion designers through its Belgian Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Some of these Flemish designers are Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, and Nadine Wynants. They also have a reputation for arts, specifically for painting.

The place is teeming with tourists, who walk through the city’s famous landmarks such as the Antwerp Zoo, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Saint James’ Church, the Platin-Moretus Museum, the Central Station (a train station with two neo-Baroque facades), and the towering heights of Boerentoren or the Farmers’ Tower.

The Cathedral of our Lady is popular for the four major paintings of the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens who lived in the early part of the 17th century. His paintings are found on the walls of the cathedral. Up to this day, the cathedral remains to be the tallest building in the city.

The Main Square or Grote Markt is also a popular meeting place for tourists and local people alike. Here you will see the Antwerp City Hall and the Guildhouses.

Antwerp also has the second largest harbor in Europe next to Rotterdam.

If you happen to get to Antwerp, you might want to taste their local food and drink.. They are proud to present their products such as beer (called Bolleke, produced from the De Koninck Brewery), Mokatine sweets, sugar, pickled herring, liqueur, and Equinox horse meat in the Bollekesfeest event that occurs every August.

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