Antwerp offers everything you need to have a good time and it does that in a slightly different way than other cities. What is the secret? The city and its residents are convinced that there is always something newer and better to be found. The inhabitants of Antwerp like to call their city a metropolis. Though they also like to call it a village, where everyone knows each other. That is not self-evident in the biggest city in Flanders with 174 nationalities and more than 510,000 inhabitants.
Innovative and creative city
Antwerp has always been characterised by its urge for innovation, such as the art of printing that was invented here and the international quality marks for diamonds that originated from the city. Inhabitants of Antwerp want to lead and determine the direction. The conservatory, the research centres, the multimedia Technology programme, the famous fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and many are proof of this. Enterprises in Antwerp also illustrate this.
Everything is just a little different in Antwerp. You shop in buildings that elsewhere would be museums, for instance, you can go shopping in The (Shopping) Stadsfeestzaal which is completely decorated with gold leaf.
And during a museum visit, the collection as well as the setting will knock you off your feet: for example, the MAS - Museum aan de Stroom - (museum at the river) is most likely the most beautiful outdoor work of art and you can admire the panorama over Antwerp from 60 metres above ground.
Every day is different, every day is spectacular. In the city, you find more diamonds in one square kilometre than anywhere in the world. And the most beautiful library in Belgium, the Nottebohmzaal, is Antwerp’s best kept secret. During a walk through the city, you follow an architectural route that some cities can only dream of.