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Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders. Besides the many historical buildings that are reminiscent of the city's heyday in the 16th century, Antwerp boasts a lively shopping and entertainment scene as well as many cultural attractions.
The city is also known for its diamonds, fashion and Flemish artists such as Rubens and van Dyck, of whom many works can be admired in the local museums.
Random Antwerp Highlights
The Antwerp Zoo, located in the center of the city, is one of the oldest zoos in the world. There are several exotic themed 19th century buildings in the zoo such as an Egyptian temple.
Hidden behind a brick wall lies Antwerp's Saint-Catherine Beguinage. The about 40 picturesque historic houses date back to the 17th century when the counter-reformation caused a religious revival in the city.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts was built at the end of the 19th century in a newly developed neighborhood. The museum's collection features many works from Rubens and other famous Antwerp artists.