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Antwerp, Belgium (December 2012)

Antwerp often gets overshadowed by the more popular tourist destinations Brussels and Bruges, but not rightly so. It is a vibrant city in the north of Belgium and predominantly known for its port and the largest diamond stock exchange in the world. It is a relatively small city but has a lot to offer from museums, antique shops and popular cafes and restaurants and all the sights can be easily visited on foot. 
According to a legend, a giant called Antigoon used to demand toll from people wanting to cross the river Scheldt, however anyone who refused to pay got their hands cut off. One day a hero called Brabo cut off the giants hand and threw it into the river and this is supposedly how Antwerp got its name (hand werpen = Dutch for throwing hands).
Welcome to Antwerp! Inside Central Station

Inside Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Zoo

Outside view of Central Station

Entrance to the Meir, a popular shopping street

The hand, symbolical sign of Antwerp

Antwerp cathedral

Little square in front of the cathedral

Grote Markt - Grand Place

Brabo fountain and city hall in the background

Traditional guild houses

Brabo throwing the giant's hand

People keeping warm in winter

I could live in this chocolate shop!

Ice skating rink and river Scheldt to the left

River Scheldt

Het Steen - Medieval fortress

Beer is useful in many ways!


  1. Awesome Images. Feels like I am right there.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ellen, thank you for the friendly reminder to visit Antwerp, a place I still haven’t been to yet. It looks like a very interesting place and the ornate train station alone seems to be worth the visit… :)

    1. Thanks a lot for taking the time to look at my post! It's a lovely city and worth to stop by if you're in Belgium :)


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