Belgium’s Coolest City
My first brush with Belgium came in the winter of 2010, I was on a tour of Europe and the city I decided to visit in Belgium was Brussels.
Apart from the fact that it was the seat of the European Union, the tasty waffles I purchased from the city center, and a big Elephant figure made of Chocolate in front of a Chocolate shop, I left Belgium feeling none too impressed.
That is why, when a Dutch student studying in Antwerp whom I met in Lithuania invited me to profile the city where she studied, I immediately jumped at the opportunity and decided to give Belgium one more try.
Antwerp is Belgium’s biggest port city, with a population of about 520,000 inhabitants. The city has a large student population and is a popular destination for Erasmus students due to it’s many universities, some of which include: The University of Antwerp, Lessius Hogeschool, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. This adds to Antwerp’s youthful vibrance and fuels it reputation as the best city to party in Belgium.
Some of the best landmarks to see in Antwerp during the day are it’s incredible Central station that sources an amazing network of buses and trains that run to and from Antwerp.
Other landmarks include Antwerp city hall, Guildhouses, an underground pedestrian tunnel that runs through the city , and the Statue of Brabo and the giant’s hand.
Antwerp also has a great outdoor café culture and when the weather permits, it’s easy to notice locals gingerly enjoying some of the properly brewed beers that the city has to offer. At night time during the school months, the city’s students and locals hit many of the (pubs and nightclubs Antwerp’s Nightclubs) that keeps Antwerp beaming with life.
I would like to thank my friend who invited led my party trail down to this amazing city. At the time of this writing, Europe is experiencing unprecedented turmoil battling issues such as terrorism, mass migration, and an unstable economic future.
It was nice to visit a city that distracts from that and remind us why Europe is and will be the cultural epicenter of the world for centuries to come. If you have any doubts, you need look no further than Antwerp to see why.