Basic Antwerp tourism information containing all you should know when planing to visit the cultural capital of Belgium. We try our best to include all the facts indispensable for you to enjoy your stay.
Here is the link to the official website of Antwerp Tourism
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Currency: Euro (EUR) €
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GMT +1 (summer time GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
Country dialing code
Telephone area code
220 volts AC, 50Hz; European round 2-pin plugs are standard.
Where to Stay
There is more then enough Hotels in Antwerp. Pick the perfect hotel to match your budget and allow you time to explore Antwerp or any other city in Belgium.
Try out this free unique tool Hotel Directory that scans multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly.
Now that the euro is the currency which is used in Belgium, rather than the old Belgium Francs, it's a good idea for you to see what it looks like before you get to Belgium.
Click here to find out about the Euro banknotes and coins and what they look like.
Each bank note is a different color and the coins have differing sizes. Unlike banknotes, which are the same in all euro-area countries, the coins have one common side and one country-specific side. Each of the euro-area countries designed the ‘national sides’ of their coins with familiar or traditional motifs and icons.
Weather and Climate
Antwerp's climate is maritime and usually mild. Flanders is on the same latitude as southern England, so the climate is comparable.
Average daily Antwerp January temperature: 6°C / 43°F
Average daily Antwerp July temperature: 23°C / 73°F
Click here If you would like to know
Antwerp's Weather Forecast
for the next 5 days. All weather information is updated hourly during daylight hours. Also included is climate and precipitation information.
There is more than one
Antwerp Tourism Office
within Antwerp. The one on the Grote Markt is especially useful. It is Antwerp's main tourist information centre (Stadtladen). There you can get an excellent and free city map, brochures and additional information.
Public Holidays in Belgium
In Belgium we have 12 official Public Holidays. Click here for a list of Belgium holidays from January 2008 to December 2009.
To avoid surprises it is essential to know when those holidays take place since some shops, museums and attractions will be closed.
Antwerp Tourism: Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance - Accidents - Fire-Brigade: 100
Anti Poison Center: 070.245.245
Generally most doctors in Belgium speak basic english. But if you want to make sure, Click here for contact information for English speaking doctors in Antwerp.
Cardiologists | Chiropractors | Cosmetics surgeons | Dentists - Stomatologists - Orthodontists | Dermatologists | Endocrinologists | Gastroenterologists | General practitioners | Gynaecologists - Obstetricians | Internal Medicine | Neurologists | Ophtalmologists | Orthopedic surgeons | Otolaryngologists (ear-nose-throat) | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | Psychiatrists | Radiologists | Rheumatologists | Urologists | Vascular surgeons | Veterinarians
Drugs (including non-prescription) are sold only at pharmacies. Pharmacies/Apotheeks are marked by a green cross (which lights up when it's open).
Usually open 9 am - 6 pm Monday to Friday and 9.30 am - 3 pm on Saturday.
There are always some Pharmacies open on Sundays. This happens on rotating basis - most pharmacies will display a list of the ones open the current Sunday.
Be aware that you will be charged a few euros extra for buying your aspirin, band-aids and the like on a Sunday.
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