Antwerp is a premiere holiday destination in Belgium known for its relaxed atmosphere, great food and friendly people. It is situated in the Flanders region and experiences a maritime climate. Most tourists prefer booking cheap hotels in Antwerp between May and September when the weather is sunny, but be prepared for sudden rainfalls. Book a cheap hotel online to earn 5% points.
The name of the city was derived from the Dutch word “aan de werpe” which means “at the throw” because the city is located on a river where it throws its sand. Antwerp became an important trade and financial center in Asia and Europe during the 16th century.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
The month of July can get really busy in Antwerp as it hosts a couple of events including the National Independence Day, Summer in Antwerp, Free Summer Concerts and Tallships Race. Antwerp is perfect for the whole family as it offers attractions suited for all ages including the Antwerp Zoo which features an aquarium, planetarium, aviary and museum. Marvel over Antwerp's breathtaking churches such as the Cathedral of Our Lady and St. James's Church. Those who love visiting museums should check out the exhibits at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and Plantin-Moretus Museum.
Most attractions can be easily reached on foot especially those within the Boulevards and old town center. Riding a bicycle is a good option because you can access even the one way roads. Taxis are the most convenient, but expensive. They can be found at the railway station or at the Groenplaats.