Antwerp - Belgium's Second City
Belgium’s second city, Antwerp is the largest city of the Flanders region with around half a million inhabitants.
Built on the banks of the Scheldt River, Antwerp is a haven for those looking for a historical trip with a multitude of monuments, museums and churches to choose from, beautiful architecture from medieval fortresses to baroque buildings and a wealth of galleries and theatres for those interested in the arts.
Known as Rubens city, Antwerp is home to a huge collection of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, a renowned 16th century baroque artist who lived in the city for most of his live.
A visit to the artists home, Rubenshuis, gives great insight in to his life, you’ll find his most acclaimed works in churches and museums around Antwerp.
The port of Antwerp is the 2nd largest port in Europe and is a bustling trading port, a tour of the port shows just how important the Scheldt River and this port is to the success of Antwerp.
Alongside all of this culture and commerce Antwerp also has a vibrant cafe, bar and restaurant culture, boasting multiple Michelin star restaurants. The wide variety of attractions in Antwerp makes it a great short break destination.
You can take our Cross-Channel ferry directly to France from Dover and then make the short drive to Antwerp or if travelling from the North of England, you can avoid the long drive south and travel onboard our cruise ferries from Newcastle to Holland, and make the journey to Antwerp from Amsterdam - less than 2 hours drive from the ferry port.