Antwerp is composed of several distinct areas. Here you will find the description of each District.
Old City (Oude Stad)
You’ll find most of the important buildings and museums here. It’s a relatively small area which hosts a lot of 16 and 17 century buildings.
Central Station Area
Some of the top Belgium Attractions are right in the center of Antwerp within easy access from the train and public transport.
Cinemas, Shopping, hotels and more top Belgium Attractions in the Central Station Area. South and southwest of the central station is the Diamond district. The district is also interesting from an ethnic and cultural perspective. Antwerp has the largest Jewish Orthodox population (50,000 people) in Europe.
The South ('t Zuid)
This 19th century area is build to the example of Paris. This means open spaces and wide streets. This is the fancy area now. If you have enough cash, you’ll be able to buy your self a house here. This area has lots of new restaurants and is often over priced. But you’ll find good deals here as ‘t Pakhuis’ and de ‘River Kwai’.
Island (Dam Eilandje)
Around one of the yacht harbors of Antwerp you’ll find next to the local Tax Building (you immedialty see where the money goes to) a few very nice bars and restaurants.
Next year, you will find a new museum here(MAS) that they are currently building up and that will honor the Red Star Line and all the million of immigrants that found their way via Antwerp to the USA . The architect is the same that created Ellis Island’s museum of Immigration in New York. It looks promising!
This is a hidden treasure and we like to keep it that way. Tourists only find their way to the Cogels-Osylei. The streets around the Dageraadplaats though are the living hart of the area. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, this is one of the nicest squares of Antwerp.
Latin Quarter District (Quartier Latin)
Just behind the National Bank – also a nice building you should check out - you’ll find the area that is frequented by students and artists. There a few nice squares and lots of bars. We’ve seen a lot of new places here the last years and we are still checking them out. Kremers’ is our favorite bar there but the owner will kick you out around 2AM. Maybe that’s late enough!
In this area you have the normal crowd living. US! There are not really historical builidings in old Berchem but we have a few nice restaurants (De Troubadoer, Margaux) and a really nice breakfast place!
In this area you’ll find huge begin 20th century villa’s and a lot of parks. On Sunday, people go her with the children to enjoy some nature. You can walk here
A small statue of Nello and Patrasche now stands in front of the information centre in Hoboken. Visitors can enjoy a walk to a rebuilt model of a six metre-high windmill and to a church where according to the book the boy and his dog were buried together. Many Japanese tourists take the 20 minute tram ride from Antwerp to see where their favorite Dog of Flanders
story took place.
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