Antwerp, Belgium travel tips

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Be sure to visit the Cathedral of Our Lady. It took 169 years to build, and is one of the largest cathedrals in the Low Countries. It is also home to numerous works of art, including two by Rubens.

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Art lovers will find the Rubens House a must see.

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One of the city's premier art collections can be found in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh. It is, amazingly, the private collection of one man, Mayer van den Bergh, which was turned into a museum by his mother after his death.

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Antwerp has a vibrant arts scene, particularly in the Zuid district.

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One of Antwerp's most interesting sights is Badboot, a floating swimming pool, which really has to be seen to be believed. In the winter months, it's converted into the world's largest floating ice skating rink.

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One of the city's hidden gems is the Maagdenhuismuseum, or the Maidens' House Museum. Its name refers to its history as a girls' orphanage, but is now home to a stunning art and sculpture collection.

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If you have an interest in fashion, be sure to visit the St. Andrews neighborhood, the heart of the city's fashion industry.

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Antwerp is a city for art-lovers. For an interesting combination of art and outdoor space, visit Middelheimmuseum, a park with an impressive collection of sculpture.

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Photography aficionados should visit FoMu, the Foto Museum. The museum features an enlightening permanent collection and many rotating exhibits throughout the year.

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It may seem like a completely touristy thing to do, but consider booking a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city. It's slow, and offers great views of Antwerp. The tours begin at Grote Markt near the Town Hall.

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If you have an interest in travel or in vintage transport, don't miss the Red Star Line museum, which was the point of embarkation for the millions who traveled from Antwerp to New York City.

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Antwerp is a port city, and much of its culture revolves around water. To get a view of this part of the city's life, be sure to take a boat tour. Be sure to buy your ticket at least a half hour before the scheduled departure time.

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For a relatively quiet break from the city, check out Antwerp Zoo. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world, and is home to more than 5,000 animals.

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Antwerp is home to numerous museums. Fashionistas will want to check out the MoMu, or the Fashion Museum, which includes more than 25,000 accessories and articles of clothing.

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If there is one museum you must see in Antwerp, it's the MAS, or the Museum aan de Stroom. It's striking architecture is a landmark in the city, and it offers panoramic views of Antwerp.

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Music-lovers will enjoy Antwerp, as it is a big part of city life. The beautiful church of St. Augustine doubles as a sound-proof concert hall.

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Be sure to visit the medieval square in the center of historic Antwerp--the Grote Markt.

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