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The Belgian city of Antwerp has nudged its way up the popularity stakes and now rivals Bruges as the country’s leading destination for city breaks. Antwerp is the English rendering of the city known in Dutch as Antwerpen and in French as Anvers. The one-time industrial city has recast itself as a trendy and fashionable place to live or to visit. Antwerp’s wow factor starts as you arrive at the city’s beautiful central station. It sets the scene for a city that boasts many superb buildings. Among the most photographed is the striking Stadhuis on the oddly shaped central square (called Grote Markt).

Take time to explore Antwerp’s diamond district, the Zurenborg quarter with its eclectic architecture, and the wonderful mix of galleries and museums. After dark, Antwerp comes alive with a busy club scene rated by many as being the edgiest in Belgium. One Antwerp museum not to be missed is the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS for short) which tells the compelling story of Antwerp and its port. With its oddball design (a pile of red lego bricks!), MAS links the dockland area with the city.

The main railway station is a 20-minute walk east of the Grote Markt and the River Schelde. Trains leave every few minutes for Brussels, most taking about 45 minutes for the run south to the Belgian capital. There are Intercity services at least hourly to Bruges, Ostend, Charleroi, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Amsterdam and Lille Flandres.

Thalys’ sleek red high-speed trains run several times each day from Antwerp to both Paris and Amsterdam. The operator also offers a twice-daily link from Antwerp to Lille Europe and seasonal ski trains (branded Thalys Neige) to the French Alps. Eurostar plans to launch a direct service from London to Amsterdam in late 2017 and the Antwerp authorities have lobbied hard for the train to stop in their city. This presently seems unlikely so, for the foreseeable future, travellers from London to Antwerp will have to take Eurostar to Brussels, from where it just just a short hop on frequent local trains to Antwerp.

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Paris to Antwerp by train

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London to Antwerp by train

from £51.00

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Bruges to Antwerp by train

from £15.00

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Ghent to Antwerp by train

from £9.50

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Welkenraedt to Antwerp by train

from £27.00

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Amsterdam to Antwerp by train

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Roosendaal to Antwerp by train

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Lille to Antwerp by train

from £23.50

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Rotterdam to Antwerp by train

from £30.50

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Frankfurt am Main to Antwerp by train

from £34.50

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Düsseldorf to Antwerp by train

from £22.00

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Aachen to Antwerp by train

from £17.00

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Brussels to Antwerp by train

from £7.50

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