…a city of fashion makers
As a fashion city Antwerp owes its reputation to the pioneers of the fashion movement, the so-called 'Antwerp Six': Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee travelled to London and Paris together in the Eighties as well as Martin Margiela (the seventh). Together they conquered the fashion world with their very distinct vision of fashion.
Since 2002 the fashionable city of Antwerp also has its own fashion centre: the ModeNatie. In this unique building in the historic centre of Antwerp the Flanders Fashion Institute, (see: MoMu), the Antwerp Fashion Academy, an artistic book store and a brasserie have all found a new home.
…the diamond centre of the world
Antwerp has a long and magnificent tradition as a diamond city. Since the 15th Century the city has played an important role in the diamond trade and industry. Some 1,500 diamond companies are concentrated in the city centre. Elegant showrooms offer the visitor fascinating tours and the opportunity to visit interesting exhibitions.
...a city by the water
Antwerp owes its very existence and its prosperity to the River Scheldt. Over the centuries the city and the port have expanded into a maritime metropolis.
Visitors who are strolling along the river quays will notice a lot of new buildings. Contemporary architecture there often refers to the maritime aspect of the city - Antwerp is very clearly facing the water again. At sunset the colours of the Scheldt change. The signals on the water, the lights of the ships and the port installations bring a surprisingly enchanting spectacle.
...a cultural experience
Antwerp has a rich, historic past and still is a cultural pole of attraction today. Antwerp can rightfully pride itself on its rich , historic past with world famous artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and Brueghel. Through the centuries the city has managed to develop a rich and unique, valuable cultural heritage. The city’s museums and historic churches are treasuries in which many of these riches are preserved and on display. Take time to stop and admire the cityscapes, the protected monuments and the various statues as well as the Madonnas and other saints that grace Antwerp’s streets.
...a perfect place to sleep
Finding accommodation in Antwerp should not cause you any trouble. There is a bunch of Sleep Cheap, most of them situated near the central station. If you are looking for some extra luxury, and you do not feel like spending all your money on fabulous Belgian beers and traditional Flemish food, there are plenty of Middle Class and First Class places to spend the night. You can find your perfect place to sleep on www.medestino.com.
...and much more
A bustling Burgundian city, a real shoppers’ paradise, a gallery of protected monuments and cityscapes, a welcoming and multicultural metropolis with a convivial and chockfull of atmosphere.