Highlights of Antwerp, Belgium
Did you know that Antwerp is the Diamond Capital of the World? This historic city was established in the Middle Ages and is home to the famed "Diamond District," where visitors will find countless diamond cutters, polishers, and traders. Be careful if you're looking for a deal on diamonds - while you will get high quality diamonds at much lower prices, there are folks out there who will try to scam you. Make sure to look for an HRD or GIA certificate. But diamonds aren't all that you'll encounter while exploring this age-old city.
Walking the streets, you'll note the distinct Flemish Renaissance architecture and art, with the signature symmetry, squared and triangular design, and Roman influences.
Antwerp is Belgium's second-largest city, behind the capital city of Brussels, but by all accounts Antwerp is a better city for tourism thanks to its vibrant culture, buzzing nightlife, and overall prettier facades.
From Antwerp, your exploration of Holland may take you through the Netherlands to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and also to Bruges, Hamburg, and other regional destinations.