Shopping! Designer boutiques and trendy stores on Meir notwithstanding, Antwerp markets have personalities. The centuries old Friday market (Vrigdagmarkt) has people coming in from all over to trade in second hand goods of every kind. The Linjwaadmarkt on Saturday offers some really unique clothes. Sint-Jansvliet on Sundays is terrific for antiques, and at the same time, there's a lively bird market. It's like a European Hong Kong. And we won't talk about the diamond market.
Architecture! Antwerp is one of the prettiest cities you'll ever see. Everywhere you go; the architecture is intricate and stylish, from the beautiful churches and the solemn museums to the stunning Antwerp Central Station. Walking around Antwerp neighbourhoods, which are clean and colourful, atmospheric in a manner that few other European cities can match.
The warm breeze coming in off the North Sea keeps Antwerp pretty temperate all year around. It rains throughout the year, but less so in the summer. There's no ideal time to go. Go when it suits you best, or if there's an event you'd particularly like to catch. The sun is pretty regular in the summers and doesn't blaze down. This is also festive time for Antwerp, but it's also the peak tourist season. It's crowded and things are much more expensive. There's not much to do in winter.
Only City Jet (flying to London, Manchester, Dundee, Dublin, Edinburgh and Jersy) flies to Antwerp Airport. Tourists also make it a habit to come in via bus from Brussels Airport which is only an hour away. They also come in by train from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam. The rest of Belgium is connected by a high speed rail network. Consult the NMBS website for national and international travel around Belgium.
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