Traditional architecture in Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the second-largest Belgian city in the north east of the country. Situated in the Flanders area and known as the world's leading diamond city, its beautiful architecture includes buildings such as Our Lady's Cathedral, which is Belgium's biggest church and has exquisite stained glass windows, the Carolus Borromeus Church and the Town Hall.

Making use of car hire in Antwerp means that tourists can reach all the sites with ease. Even the capital Brussels (40 minutes) and Bruges (60 minutes) are close enough for single-day excursions. After picking up your car at Antwerp ANR Deurne/Antwerp Airport, you can visit the neoclassical Royal Museum of Fine Arts with its collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the fourteenth to the twentieth century.

The Grote Markt Square in the centre of the city and each Sunday's Vogelmarkt (Bird Market) on Teaterplein are well known open-air market places for all kinds of items, food and a general happy atmosphere shared with the locals. At the Fashion Museum in Nationalestraat one can marvel at over 25,000 pieces of clothing dating from the sixteenth century.

Other airports within driving distance if you make use of Antwerp car hire include Brussels Airport (BRU), which is about an hour from Antwerp and Schiphol Airport (AMS), which is about two hours away. From AMS you can drive to the Saint Carolus Borromeus Church, a beautiful baroque building dating from the seventeenth century.

Neoclassical Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium

The Cogels Osylei Street art nouveau buildings will amaze you. Another area worth strolling through is the Vlaeykensgang, a maze of narrow alleys, streets and passageways in the oldest part of the city. The Rubens House, a large residence and workplace of Peter Paul Rubens, contains many of his works of art.

The Plantin Moretus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a museum of printing containing an extensive collection of presses and important books.

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