Beautiful holiday homes to rent in Antwerp
The city of Antwerp, the capital of Antwerp province, is the most highly populated city in Belgium, the country famous for its beer, chocolate and diamonds! The city lies on the River Scheldt, and has the third biggest port in Europe, being beaten only by Hamburg in 2nd place, and of course Rotterdam in 1st, which are also top holiday destinations. If you're looking to try somewhere new for your vacations this year, stay in an Antwerp holiday home, and you'll have plenty of things to do to fill your time.
Never a dull moment in a perfect holiday apartment in Antwerp
Just like Antwerp's detailed and interesting history, your holiday will be full of fun and excitement, as you visit the many fascinating museums and attractions in this buzzing area from one of the beautiful apartments that Antwerp offers. Similarly to Iceland, this region is known for its folklore, and although there are contrasting scientific theories as to where the name of this city actually came from, according to stories of old it is quite simple. Supposedly there was once a giant named Antigoon who wouldn't let anyone cross over the river without paying him a toll. If they refused to pay, he would cut off their hands. One day, a brave young hero called Brabo had had enough. He fought the giant and cut off his hand, and threw it into the river. Hence the Dutch name 'Antwerpen' – it comes from the two old Dutch words hand and werpen, which translate as 'hand' and 'throw'! If you want to learn about the curious tales of these parts, book a comfortable holiday apartment in Antwerp and come and find out more!
Things to do during your holiday in Antwerp
There's so much to do here that a night or two staying here will not suffice – you'll need at least a week to fit it all in! Antwerp is a stunning part of Belgium with some fabulous architecture – even the central train-station is a very impressive building and popular tourist site. Not as impressive, however, as its famous Grote Markt, or Great Market Square located in the centre, where you'll see the city hall, the guildhalls, the Brabo fountain with a statue of the city's legendary hero, and many restaurants and cafes. During the winter, a Christmas market and an ice rink can also be found here. Love Christmas markets but been to Belgium already? You could also check out the best one in Germany, and travel to Cologne. Don't miss out on the Belgian cuisine during your stay in Antwerp, and of course you must taste some real Belgian beer! And what better way to unwind than by enjoying the views across this amazing city from your private and peaceful holiday home in Antwerp
Some other fascinating attractions in Antwerp are the MAS and Plantin-Moretus museums, the open air Middelheim museum, Sint-Paulus Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and of course a visit to Antwerp Zoo isn't a bad idea either, especially if you're going on a half term holiday with the kids! The city of Antwerp is in an excellent location on the river Scheldt, which means that there are plenty of perfect opportunities to get active during your vacation – you can rent bikes and cycle along the river, or simply go for a run and enjoy the stuning views. If you like the sounds of this and want to go somewhere close but a bit different, why not book one of the great cosy holiday rentals in the nearby Netherlands? Wherever you choose to go, have a nice time!