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Antwerp is perhaps known best for its diamonds, and the city's sparkling allure attracts the glitterati with a thriving fashion and entertainment culture. There are countless shopping opportunities and trendy bars and nightclubs around the city for the fashion-conscious and young at heart.
As the second-largest city in Belgium and a major European port, Antwerp has a more modern face than many of its neighbours. Much of the city was destroyed in World War II. However, its history is present in its beautifully-preserved Gothic and Baroque architecture. At the centre of the city is the Grote Markt, with the baroque Brabo Fountain in the middle. The work of baroque sculptor Pieter Paul Reubens surfaces all over the city, most notably at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
A visit to Antwerp is a must on any Belgian holiday. Indeed, the city does a uniquely European balancing act of old and new, offering plenty of pretty sights, good museums, family attractions, and sidewalk cafés.
The climate in Antwerp is distinctly maritime, with the weather conditions generally being quite mild. There is a chance of sunny, grey or rainy days year-round in Antwerp, regardless of season. Winter (December to February) sees average temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 45°F (7°C). July and August are usually the warmest months in Antwerp, with average temperatures between 54°F (12°C) and 72°F (22°C). July and August are also the rainiest months, though rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year. The most pleasant time to visit Antwerp is probably in April or May.
Antwerp has an excellent integrated system of public transportation consisting of buses and trams. This network covers destinations throughout Antwerp and its suburbs.
Taxis can be found at specific locations around town, but they can be expensive. Visitors also have the option of hiring a car. Driving is fairly straightforward in the city. Free parking is in short supply but drivers can always find a secure car park for a fee. Antwerp's dedicated bike lanes make cycling a great way to explore. Visitors will find plenty of places to rent a bike for the day.
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