Antwerp(en)'s treasures

This week’s subject is, simply, Antwerp (Antwerpen, Anvers). Hereunder you’ll see eight photographs as taken from the top of the MAS-building, directed towards all the compass-quarters – and in between them. Next to it you’ll find a short description of one of the many places of interest Antwerp has on offer. We hope to go into every one of them more extensively during our stay in this lovely city. Here's a picture depicting the city (‘Antverpia’) in medieval times.

  • View to the south-east.

  • The old inner-city and all its surprises. This charming alleyway is called Vlaaikensgang.

  • View to the south.

  • ‘Antwerpen tramstad’ (‘Antwerp tram town’). The city emphasizes its tramline-system, partly located underground. Line 7 comes closest to where we live (Sint-Pietersvliet), so it’s our favourite.

  • View to the south-west.

  • Another famous one is Antwerp’s ‘Vogelenmarkt’ (Bird Market). Every Sunday morning between 9AM and 1PM. It is hugely popular, among the Dutch too, and offers a lot more than just birds.

  • View to the west.

  • Antwerp’s port is the second largest of Europe. To reveal which one is on top would be chauvinistic…

  • View to the north-west.

  • Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), is the most important Flemish baroque-painter. He lived in this house in Antwerp. It’s for sure that we will come back on him.

  • View to the north.

  • The city’s main train station is rated one of the most beautiful around the world. We can see why.

  • View to the north-east.

  • No, it’s not an aerial view of a city-golf course. It’s Antwerp’s famous Zoo situated next to the main train station.

  • View to the east.

  • The nowadays built-over city’s sewers (‘De Ruien’) have been open ones in the past. Sewage water and rain water are now separated – hence the cleanliness of the water. The system is open to visitors, so we hope to offer you more about this one, and some other ones, on a later occasion. That was it for this week, bye bye.