Flights to Antwerp
Located in northern Belgium the city of Antwerp is popular with tourists and has a lot to offer. With many beautiful historical buildings and plenty of culture this is the ideal city for a long weekend break.
There is a public bus for easy access to the Antwerp International Airport (airport code: ANR), which is just 2 kilometres outside of the city. It’s not a large airport, and flights to Antwerp are limited when you are travelling from South Africa. Air France has a 2-stop flight to Antwerp that makes connections in Paris and London, and Lufthansa will take you via Frankfurt and Manchester. Both flights to Antwerp will take around 26 hours, including layover times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Antwerp:
Antwerp is definitely a good city to visit if you enjoy history and attractive historical buildings. There are many of them to see here though at the same time Antwerp offers all the conveniences and services of a modern city. Among the top attractions in Antwerp are the following:
Meaning The Stone, Het Steen is one of Antwerp’s old fortifications that was originally built in the early 1200s Since this time it has been restored and was even moved at one point. The fairy-tale like turrets make this one of Antwerp’s popular attractions, and one of its most photographed. If you visit inside Het Steen you’ll find a maritime museum.
Other Historical Buildings in Antwerp
Het Steen is only one of the many historical buildings to see in this city. There are several churches dating back hundreds of years including the 15th century St James Church with its gothic architecture that’s often said to be more impressive than Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady which took hundreds of years to complete.
In the Grote Markt there’s a lovely row of buildings very atypical of the architecture that tourists expect to see while in Belgium. The 16th century Guildhouses are very ornate and attractive.
Another attractive building is the former home of painter Peter Paul Reubens. It’s a beautiful Italian Renaissance villa that’s worth seeing just for the villa but you get two attractions in one here as inside is a museum that commemorates the life and artwork of this artist.
You can even go to the zoo in Antwerp and get a taste of history as Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1843! It’s great for the whole family as there are over 5,000 animals here representing around 1,000 different species, so plenty to see in the animal world, plus historical architecture too!
If you like Antwerp Zoo you could also visit Aquatopia. This aquarium complex is located close to the zoo, but is separate from it, and has an assortment of tanks with sharks, coral reefs and fish, as well as exhibits that show different ecosystems from around the world.
When Should You Visit?:
Antwerp has a temperate climate so you’ll find it’s never too hot or too cold in this European city. Summers are mild to warm with average highs in the low 20’S C. Spring and autumn can be mild too and often quieter than the busier summer months. Winters are generally not harsh but temperatures will drop to around freezing.