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    Belgium, they say, is boring. Whoever ‘they’ are, they obviously haven’t been to Antwerp. Belgium’s second city is fashionable, fast-paced, art loving, and more fun at night than most cities have ever been. Put aside your stereotypes, and instead grab your mayo-coated oysters, dress up to the nines, and discover what Antwerp is really all about.

    It’s a small city, but packed to the rim with picturesque cobbled backstreets, and based around a delicate 16th century cathedral that’s so painfully picturesque you can’t help doing the tourist thing and snapping away from every angle. Around those backstreets, countless shops serve up sumptuous and relatively affordable cuisines out on the streets, while you’ll find yourself licking your lips around every corner, as the smell of the numerous high-class chocolate shops gets you salivating.

    Make you way down to the waterfront, where striking modern architecture runs rampant, before taking a tour of the artistic side of the city. You’ll discover gothic, baroque and renaissance influences left, right and center, and you can dive into the galleries and even the home of Pieter Paul Rebens, the legendary baroque artist, whose studio is open for all to see.

    Another Antwerp trademark is Diamonds; tucked away in the Jewish Quarter is the world’s largest diamond cutting industry, while elsewhere you’ll find old section of the city dedicated to African, Chinese and Turkish minorities, a fascinating relic of the city’s time as a major trading port. There are still the seedy remnants of this scene to be found in the North of Antwerp, where unsubtle red light districts are the order of the day. If you prefer your culture a little more delicate, Antwerp is also home to an impressive designer buzz, with fashionable boutique stores up to its ears.

    A surprising, classy highlight that belongs at the core of any Belgian trip, then Antwerp is just too scenic to ignore, yet still manages to hide a hectic nightlife behind the pretty façade. Be assured, it’ll take all of ten minutes to dispel that ‘boring, boring Belgium’ stereotype.

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    • Antwerp International Airport (ANR)
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      Antwerp International Airport (ANR), Luchthavenlei, B-2100 Antwerpen, Belgium
    • Mechelen
      Mechelen, the religious capital of Belgium (because of the seat of the Cardinal), was build near the river Dijle and the Leuven canal. The town has an interesting history, dating back to the dark ages, which has left many architectural masterpieces to admire. The first train on the European continent drove between Brussels and Mechelen, in 1835.

      Today, the city offers many shopping facilities, as well as museums and artwork. The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, with many open space and terraces. Apart from that Mechelen has the ambition of being the most child-friendly city of Flanders, establishing many facilities and activities for children. (e.g. Technopolis and the Toy Museum)

      Mechelen is a Dutch-speaking city in the province of Antwerp, Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel (a few kilometers away), as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dijle flows through the city, hence the term 'Dijlestad' (Dijle City).

      Mechelen lies on the major urban & industrial axis Brussels-Antwerp, about 25 km from each city.

      Places of interest are:

      St. Rumbold's Cathedral) with its dominating tower (UNESCO World Heritage)
      The Church of St. John the Evangelist and the church of Our Lady across the river Dijle
      The domed baroque Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswyck by native architect Lucas Faydherbe, of whom Some sculptures can also be found in the cathedral - he was a pupil and leading assistant of Rubens.
      The Brusselpoort, last remaining of the city's twelve gates
      The Schepenhuis, oldest stone-built city hall in Flanders and historical seat of the Great Council or Supreme Court
      The gothic-renaissance Hof van Busleyden where Jeroen alias Hiëronymus van Busleyden received Erasmus, Thomas More, and the later Pope Adrian VI. These three recently restored buildings together now house the City Museum
      The Palace of Margaret of York; the oldest renaissance building north of the Alps. In one of these palaces, Anne Boleyn was educated for some time as well
      The Lakenhal (hall for merchants of woollen cloth) and the 14th century Belfry (UNESCO World Heritage) beside it
      For the shopaholics : shoppingstreet Ijzerenleen
      Mechelen, Belgium
    • Dorp 84
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      Dorp 84, 9290 Berlare, Belgium
    • Musée d'Extrême-Orient
      This captivating complex comprises three buildings - the Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion and Museum of Japanese Art. The architecture may not be in accordance with today's taste but this is where you will find Chinese earthenware and Japanese artefacts of the Edo period (1600 - 1868). Entrance fee is €4 for adults, €3 for students and €1.50 for children.
      Musée d'Extrême-Orient Avenue Van Praet 44, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Atomium
      The Atomium is a magnificent sight to behold in Brussels. It is about 5 minutes walking from Heysel-Heizel metro station and opens from 10 am to 6 pm every day. The ticket sale closes by 5:30 pm while the restaurant at the top is opened till 11 pm. The Atomium consists of nine spheres and five of them are open to the public.

      You can catch a glimpse of the city on the upper sphere and if the sky is very clear, you can see up to Antwerp. There is a sphere for kids and your child can be allowed to catch a nap there. In reality, only three spheres are usually open to the public - the top sphere housing the restaurant, the middle sphere that plays host to the snacks bar and the bottom sphere. You will be amazed with the 2,970 lights used to illuminate the Atomium at night. Ticket costs €11 for adults, €2 for children from 6 to 11 years, €9 for teachers, €8 for children from 12 to 18 years, students showing their ID and seniors from 65 years while children under six years will enter for free.
      Atomium Square de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • De Knotwilg
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      De Knotwilg Wipstraat 2, 4651 XW Steenbergen, Netherlands
    • Brussels

      As the artistic heart of the EU, Brussels is necessarily multicultural, a vibe that’s only accentuated a feeling that the city’s always been divided – half French, half Flemish - though both halves seem to enjoy their mussels and take their ‘pomme frites’ with an unusual and hefty side of mayonnaise.

      The Belgian capital even has an African quarter where you can snack on dried caterpillars, though the more obvious features are in the winding medieval alleyways of the lower city and the stately buildings and boulevards of the upper half. The famous Manneken Pis (a statue of a little boy engaged in endless urination) is the lower half’s primary attraction, while you’ll also find the ornate columns of the Grand Palace highly picture-worthy, and the multiple artistic museums (incorporating anything from cartoons to renaissance portraits) are world class. The new Magritte-museum is worth visiting. Don't miss the unique statue a few kilometres out of town centre: The Atomium. A futuristic monument what was built for the World Exposition in 1958.

      The upper half, on the other hand, hides numerous parks, the glorious Royal district (which hides the Palace of Justice) and eventually leads to the bustling ambience of the ‘European District’, home to all things EU and a businesslike ambience to suit. The whole thing was polished to a glimmering shine as part of Brussels successful bid to become the European capital of culture in 2000, and to date the city’s aging buildings manage to look as shiny and new as they have in years.

      Of course, it wouldn’t be Belgium without a huge array of succulent smelling chocolate shops, each home to its own long-practiced specialties and selling what invariable amounts to the richest and most addictive chocolate you’re ever likely to try. The chocolates play their role in Brussels addictive café culture, too, appearing next to your coffee on the riverside, while Brussels beer customs – another of Belgium’s alluring exports – are strong and vibrant, too.

      Belgium’s Europe-wide reputation is that the country’s boring, and somehow less worthy of visiting than nearby Holland or romantic France. While Brussels certainly has a slower pace to it, there’s no denying that it’s now at the heart of European progress, and the city center and its highly personalized products are as alluring as anywhere.

      Brussels is the capital of Belgium with a population of about 1 million while the population of Brussels cosmopolitan district is about 2 million. The official languages of the city are French and Dutch but those who speak French are in the majority. As a result of this, there are two names for every street and they may not sound the same.

      English is also commonly spoken due to the presence of some international institutions like the European Parliament, NATO and European Commission. However, it is important for you to note that tourist or general information is not written in English. Majority of train stations make use of French and Dutch for public announcements but larger stations like Zuidstation/Gare Du Midi will include English and at times German. On trams, buses and metros, English is used at the last resort for passing across information like terminal stops and line transfers. If you think you don't understand what is being said, you should ask from those close you.

      Brussels, Belgium
    • Jeanneke-Pis
      Jeanneke Pis is a contemporary fountain as well as statue situated at the eastern part of the Impasse de la Fidélité / Getrouwheidsgang (Fidelity Alley). It depicts a small girl in short pigtail hair squatting and peeing in an apparent, contented manner. It was erected in 1987 and has been a source of amusement for strollers since then.
      Jeanneke-Pis Impasse de la Fidélité 10-12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Grand Place
      Located in the central part of the city, Grand Place is encompassed by the city tower as well old buildings that were constructed 300 years ago. A bright illumination envelopes the Grand Place in the evening making it an astonishing sight to behold. Musical and light shows are held in some evenings and you can enjoy the Belgian waffle with caramelized sugar locally known as gaufre de Liège-Luikse wafel. You will get the best ones from the small shops at the northeast corner of the place.
      Grand Place 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    • Manneken Pis
      Manneken Pis is just a little walk from Grand Place and it is a statue of a child peeing into a pool. It is a small bronze statue which is generally believed to symbolize the irreverent spirit of Brussels. It is a nice place to visit on your tour of Brussels.
      Manneken Pis 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 3.1 68 37.6 26.8
    Feb 3.4 52.3 38.1 20.6
    Mar 6.3 50.1 43.3 19.7
    Apr 9.2 53.3 48.6 21
    May 13.7 54.9 56.7 21.6
    Jun 16.2 67.7 61.2 26.7
    Jul 18.1 80 64.6 31.5
    Aug 17.4 75.3 63.3 29.6
    Sep 14.9 67.7 58.8 26.7
    Oct 10.7 75.3 51.3 29.6
    Nov 6.2 75.6 43.2 29.8
    Dec 3.9 77.2 39 30.4

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