Antwerp - Come to the Mega-Cultural Event City
Location: Seaport in the Scheldt River Delta
The municipality is located on the river Scheldt, which leads to the North Sea, making it one of the largest ports in Europe and an important cultural and economic city to the Low Countries. It is situated in northern Belgium and therefore easily accessible from the bordering Netherlands, Germany, and France.
Business: One of the Largest Seaports in Europe
Antwerp's port handles large quantities of cargo, including project and bulk cargo. The petrochemical industry is booming, with five oil refineries located in the docklands. Also nearby are four nuclear power plants, a conventional power station, and a wind farm, making the power industry a huge employer in the area as well. Yet the most important branch is diamond trade, with four diamond bourses and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre calling the city their home.
Culture: A Passion for Fashion
Once known for art because of its school of painting, Antwerp is now a rising fashion city. The location of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts has allowed for the production of many big names in fashion. Furthermore, the city is known for its unique local products, including the amber beer Mokatine sweets, and locally roasted coffee.
Activities: Sightseeing, Family Fun, and Ocean Attractions
Antwerp has fun for all ages with towering cathedrals, palaces, arts museums, and even petting farms. However, it is also known for unique attractions that give a taste of another life. Two such attractions are Pirateneiland, a children’s theme park, and Aquatopia, which houses 35 aquariums in 7 theme worlds.