Dazzling diamond city - cruise to elegant Antwerp in Belgium
Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, Antwerp is an elegant, cultural city and the second largest in Belgium. If you fell in love with historic Bruges and bustling Brussels, Antwerp will complete the trio of great Belgian cities. However, if this is your first visit to Belgium you will not be disappointed; Antwerp offers fine art, culture, fashion and even diamonds, in abundance.
Leave your luxury MSC cruise liner and discover the best that Antwerp has to offer with MSCâ€™s excursion packages. These trips help you make the most of your time off the ship by offering the best deals on all the key sights.
Antwerp is the hometown of classical painters such as Rubens and Van Dyck and the works of these Baroque artists can be seen in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Real Rubens fans will adore The House of Rubens, with elegant reconstructed rooms in the artistâ€™s former residence.
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world and more than 85% of the worldâ€™s diamonds are cut, set and traded here. Visit the Diamond Museum for a historic overview of the gem, or those in the know can make their vacation really memorable and shop for a special stone. Lovers of fashion will adore the cityâ€™s avant-garde designers showcased in chic boutiques throughout the central pedestrian district. Those who prefer their delights less costly can stroll the Groote Markt (the town square) to admire Antwerpâ€™s historic guild houses in Flemish Renaissance style.
Donâ€™t leave town without sampling a Belgian beer, and be sure to take home a holiday souvenir in the form of fine Belgian chocolate.
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