Luxury holidays in Antwerp
When to go
Antwerp is a year-round destination with a mild climate. Like many European cities, you’ll find just as many tourists as locals in high summer. As Antwerp is a centre of fashion, you might want to time your visit to coincide with the start of the buying season (spring or autumn).
PlanesThough there are no direct flights from the UK to Antwerp, but BA, Virgin and Lufthansa all fly to Brussels which is about 40 minutes away by train and just over an hour by car.
BoatsYou can take a boat trip all the way to Brussels or out into the nearby Dutch countryside. Boats depart from the quay on Steenplein.
TrainsEurostar takes two hours from London to Brussels Midi, where you can catch a connecting train to Antwerp from the same station (you can book a connection through Eurostar’s website, www.eurostar.com – Eurostar tickets are valid to/from any Belgian station). Antwerp’s Central Station is a spectacular turn-of-the-century monument to the age of steam.
AutomobilesHiring a car isn’t necessary as Belgium has a good train network connecting its major cities and besides even its largest urban areas are easily walkable and bicycle-friendly.
TaxisYou can flag down taxis in the street, but you’ll probably have more luck at a taxi rank. It may be easier to ask your hotel or restaurant to make a booking for you, or ring cab firm Antwerp-Tax (+32 (0)3 238 3838).