By Lauren Jade Hill
Belgium is celebrated for its beer and chocolate but Antwerp is also known for its unique heritage. Built around the River Scheldt, this port city has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. Also known as the City of Diamonds, Antwerp is home to the world’s largest diamond district, amid streets that exhibit Flemish Renaissance architecture. Here’s our selection of the best things to do in Antwerp for an insight into this heritage-rich port city.
As the diamond industry has such significance here, this is a side to the city that’s worth delving into. People travel from far and wide to buy diamonds in this city but you can also see behind the scenes of the fascinating industry. Beginning at the historic Central Station, the diamond walk tells visitors the story of the fall and resurrection this coveted industry, taking in the workshops and showrooms of the Diamond Square Mile with the chance to meet some of the merchants. DiamondLand, the showroom and museum, then teaches visitors more about this precious gemstone, with free guided tours of the exhibits.