With the community size of 450,000, Antwerp has notched itself as the top tourist destination in Belgium. The city’s most prominent attractions are scattered around the Main Station and Grote Markt. Surrounded with the combination of Medieval and Renaissance architecture, Grote Markt is definitely a place worth stopping over for a glass of beer! I was lucky enough to have my beer on a sun-shining day in front of the full set orchestra on a beautiful weekend!
It’s such amazing fact that, a city small as Antwerp is responsible for trading over 70% of the diamonds around the world. In Antwerp, the rich may easily pick their desired accessories in the Diamond District. For window shopping, you really don’t want to miss out the 2 districts – namely, St Andries and Meir, in Antwerp!
Getting into Antwerp is very much accessible with its extensive local and international train services, from Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, or, even Amsterdam.
A day is never enough for Brussels. This capital city of Belgium contains all sorts of excitement, everything from comical to bizarre. Let’s start with Manneken Pis, the statue of a peeing little boy. It can be viewed from the corners of Rue de L’Etuve and Stroofstraat. Personally, the size of the statue is way smaller than one ever imagined. Despite the story of its origin, it is still under much debate till this day. Well, I’m certainly not getting the vibes
Take a good walk inside Brussels; there are numerous cafes and gothic houses decorating this compact city. Some said, one of the worldly-known most beautiful squares in Europe – The Grand Place, which resides in the exotic Town Hall and Brussels Museum. Glorious as it is, this complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For comic lovers, Brussels is definitely a heaven, there are few comic murals scattered throughout the city. Especially for the fans of Belgian reporter, Tintin. “Boutique de Tintin” is something never be missed, especially the accessories.
Not too far from the central of Brussels, there is a molecular nine atoms building, magnified 165 billion times, called Atomium. It offers bird’s-eye view of Brussels. The beautifully polished silver spheres are the home of museum and restaurant.
One of my highlights in Brussels is definitely the food. Unarguably, a bucket of savory mussels with a glass of beer at the cost of EUR 10 is a good catch. After a great lunch, please do not miss out the waffels with great selections of toppings for just EUR 2. Lastly, remember to pack some chocolates for your snacks on your way back home.