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When visiting Antwerp you will find lots of nice overnight accommodations in this old harbour town. Huge hotel groups have settled in this city. But there are also smaller hotels having existed for a long time, radiating a special charm and also offering a comfortable stay. In Antwerp you can certainly choose between luxurious hotels and simple hotels for a quick stay. You will also find numerous guesthouses and holiday homes.
For centuries Antwerp has been home to a famous harbour, being starting point for sailors travelling the whole world. They brought back fruit and spices from foreign countries. This diversity still characterises the city’s restaurants. Naturally, they mainly offer cuisine from the North of France as well as the domestic cuisine of Belgium The city’s many small chocolateries, which sell the finest homemade chocolates, are especially popular. Antwerp’s beer "Bolleke" is also very famous.
Summarized, Antwerp offers anything you might wish for, from its gourmet restaurants to small bars to the hip clubs. A special sight in Antwerp is the castle Het Steen ("The Stone") that has been built at the shore of the river Schelde in the 12th century.
The castle was used as the city’s fortress and was then rendered a jail. Nowadays it accommodates a shipping museum. Other sights are the market square, the house of Rubens, the Beginenhöfe and the old station nicknamed "railway cathedral".
Antwerp is designated the most important trading place in the world for diamonds. Four diamond stock markets and 1,600 diamond companies have settled here.
Furthermore Antwerp’s harbour is the second biggest in Europe and the city also offers good connection with train and car.