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Antwerp at a Glance

Historic Antwerp was the home of the painter Pieter Paul Rubens, medieval guilds-men and the generations that built its beautiful cathedrals, public buildings and homes. Visitors come to Antwerp to enjoy its compact medieval core and peruse its art museums. Others revel in the art galleries, fashion shows and high profile clubs that help give Antwerp its vibrant contemporary feel. 

Many visitors arrive in Antwerp's train station, which is a neo-Gothic destination in its own right. Churches, market squares and the characteristic gabled homes are other architectural wonders to visit. If you are feeling hungry, stop into a cafe, a pub or a restaurant, depending on your tastes. Eat in the street facing a square bustling with activity, or sit inside with a white table cloth. Antwerp is a city of contrasts waiting to take you on an exciting ride. 

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Antwerp International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can research travel requirements in Belgium by using the  U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Antwerpen Centraal Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Antwerp can be chilly and rainy during the winter months so come prepared with appropriate clothes. Year round weather is mild and snow is rare.

      Safety Concerns: Be wary of pickpockets in touristy areas, otherwise take normal safety precautions. Avoid dark, deserted areas at night. Keep cash and valuables out of sight and consider using a hotel safe to store your passport. 

      Health Concerns: Antwerp has clean drinking water and good public health.