Antwerpen, daughter of the river Scheldt and second largest city of Belgium is situated at about an hour from Bruges. The 500.000 inhabitants call it 'Metropolis'.
It has the second largest port of Europe (behind Rotterdam) and is a splendid city with lots of architectural summits, especially from the 16th and 17th century.
During the Second World War the city was fairly damaged but still there remain sufficient monuments to admire. The past is represented as well in the many paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, a painter who lived in Antwerp at the beginning of the 17th century. Antwerp is also famous in the whole world as a diamond center. No woman will ever leave Antwerp without visiting the so-called diamond district in the vicinity of the Central Station. This is also known as the Jewish part of town. The presence of this people gives Antwerp a flair you cannot find in any other Belgian city. Antwerp not only lives in the past but actually it is famous as a fashion-city, thanks to many Flemish designers, such as Walter Van Beirendonck, Nadine Wynants, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Kaat Tilley and others.