Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Central Station. Photo: Š www.woodmonkey.be

their impressive collections, they all have that something extra: the Middelheim Museum is a park full of sculptures, at Rubenshuis you walk through the house of famous artist Ruben and the PlantinMoretus Museum, formally the most important printing and publishing house in Europe.

There is the neo-classical Stadsfeestzaal building which accommodates a shopping centre, a former chapel which houses a starred restaurant, and the Palace in Meir (once Napoleon’s) where you can have lunch or catapult cocoa up your nose when you order a chocolate shooter.

And then there are the museum-grade buildings, where you can either shop or eat.

Locals proudly refer to their city as cosmopolitan with a village atmosphere:

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XL range at an XS distance

you can find everything here always within walking, or at least cycling, distance (for which the Antwerp city bikes are available). The city itself is also easy to reach. If you want a piece of advice: come by train. The majestic Antwerp Central railway station has won many prizes for its beauty, something that may help ease the pain when the time comes to leave the city.