Train to Antwerp
Antwerp is located in the West of Belgium, in the Flanders region. Getting a train from London to Antwerp is easy, journey time is only 2 hours 55 minutes and prices start as low as £29.50 RETURN. You can catch the eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, changing for a NMBS train for Antwerp.
***Currently you can travel on the Eurostar from Brussels to any other Belgium destination at no extra cost!*** Provided the journey is a dometic one and is made within 24 hours of passing through Brussels. (does not apply for all journeys)
Antwerp is famous for its diamonds, visit Diamondland and gaze at thousands of dazzling diamonds of all shapes and sizes, or haggle for your own with the local dealers in Lelikaanstraat, but beware they drive a hard bargain!
Antwerp is a must see for anyone interested in fashion; with two fashion museums, MuMu fashion and the Flanders fashion institute showcasing the best of avant-garde fashions. Get your hands on some vintage pieces or one off new originals in Nationalestraat where Antwerp’s hottest up-and-coming fashion designers set up shop. For fashionistas seeking to spend less Euros visit the newly constructed shopping centre Stadzfeestzaal, which has over 40 boutiques.
Rubens former seventeenth century palatial home Wapper Rubenshuis is a must see, together with the Royal museum of Fine art, displaying art from masters such as Magritte and Van Dyck. To experience Italian renaissance ispired Rubens work in a in truely ambient environment visit the Cathedral of our lady, to marvel at the Elevation of the Cross on the Triptych.
Antwerp has a lot of cultural history and all that remains of the former fortified city that was held by General Chassé and his Dutch garrison in the 19th century is the Steen (meaning literally the stone), which has been restored to it’s former glory. Find out how Belgium insurgents finally took the city together with the French in 1832, and learn about Chassé’s valiant efforts.