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Discovering Antwerp   by Joushua James

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Located in Flanders, Antwerp is a historically and culturally important city in Belgium. It's Belgium's second largest city and Antwerp's port is the country's chief commercial port.

Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium
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It's a place where you can just sit and wonder at the many architectural marvels that surround you, ranging from those designed and built in the sixteenth and seventeenth century to the modern day buildings. Some of the important places to visit in Antwerp are "The Town Square", "The Town Hall", "The Steen", "The Meat Hall", "Groenplaats", "Meir", "The House of Rubens" and the "Central Station".

Antwerp is also world famous for its diamonds and it is also known as the diamond centre of the world. Diamonds being a girl's best friend, tourists often seen to visit the diamond district around the Railway Station. This area is in the Jewish part of the city and it's place with it's Jewish inhabitants, give the city a unique flair not to be found in other cities of Belgium. Important streets where the Jewish 'Hassidic' community is settled are Pelikaanstraat (Diamond District), the City Park, Belgiëlei and Charlottelei.
Antwerp owes its popularity to the existence of the Scheldt river, which enabled Antwerp to become the second-largest harbor in Europe (after Rotterdam), and the fourth largest harbor in the world. Antwerp port was enlarged in the 19th century with an artificial dock, the so-called Napoleon Dock and it is now the eight largest container port in the world.

A favorite spot for tourist in Antwerp is the "Antwerp Zoo". It's is one of the oldest and, most famous zoos in the world and houses more than 4,000 animals. The Royal Society for Zoology has helped to ensure that numerous animals in the zoo are well taken care of and has been actively involved in protecting threatened species for more than 100 years.

Antwerp is also a place for fashion. It's been in the spotlight of international fashion because of the glamorous works done by Flemish fashion designers like Walter Van Beirendonck, Nadine Wynants, Ann De Meulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Kaat Tilley and others. A visit to the Meir shopping street is a must for fashion lovers

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Agora Hotel Antwerp
The new built Agora Hotel is located on the K.Astridplein in the centre of Antwerp. This square across the Central Station is, after seven years of intense renovation, about to become the most beautiful square of Antwerp. Parking is available in the proximity of the hotel. From our hotel, you can discover all the fascinating aspects of Antwerp on foot or by means of public transport. There has been an Agora hotel for several decades on the K. Astridplein. But along with the new square the old hotel has been completely demolished and a brand new hotel with 79 trendy rooms has been erected.
Best Western Hotel Docklands Antwerp
This Antwerp hotel is close to University of Antwerp and AMVC. Also nearby are Vleeshuis and Antwerp Market Square. Best Western Hotel Docklands has a bar/lounge. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include a business center and wireless Internet access (surcharge). The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, air conditioning in public areas, and an elevator (lift). Televisions are equipped with cable television channels.
Century Hotel Antwerp
This city-center hotel is located in Antwerp, close to Antwerp Zoo, Diamond District, and Diamond Museum Province of Antwerp. Also nearby are Antwerp Market Square and Plantin Moretus Museum. Century Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property consist of conference rooms and banquet facilities. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. A total renovation of this property was completed in 2009. Guestrooms have flat-panel televisions with cable/satellite television channels . Guestrooms provide wireless Internet access (surcharge). 
Leopold Hotel, Antwerp
Located in Antwerp, this boutique hotel is conveniently close to the airport, near Diamond Museum Province of Antwerp, City Park, and Diamond District. Also nearby are Plantin Moretus Museum and Antwerp Market Square. Leopold Hotel Antwerp has a bar/lounge. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access, and meeting rooms for small groups. This property provides an airport shuttle (surcharge). The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services and currency exchange. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and air conditioning in public areas. 
Hotel Florida Antwerp
Hotel Florida, the most centrally located hotel of Antwerp (opposite central station and zoo) offers you a comfortable and pleasant stay. There are 105 attractive rooms with bath/shower, toilet, cable television, telephone, fridge and airconditioning. A buffet breakfast awaits you every morning in the restaurant or on the terrace. Whether you stay a day, a week, a month or a year... we will surround you with the same care.
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp Antwerp
The 4-star contemporary hotel is centrally located in the heart of the world famous diamond area, opposite the monumental Antwerp Central train station and zoo.  The hotel is completely designed and decorated by the renowned, US born architect Michael Graves, and this 4-star modern property offers 228 fully air-conditioned contemporary guestrooms, including executive rooms and suites.  The hotel has 2 restaurants, a brasserie with terrace, a bar & lounge and the Diamond Club.  The hotel provides excellent meeting facilities such as the Scala ballroom for parties up to 600 delegates, eighteen flexible conference rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a business centre.
Radisson Blu Park Lane Antwerp
The Radisson Blu Park Lane, Antwerp is a modern, glass- fronted hotel set opposite City Park, one kilometer from central station, the city centre and Antwerp's shopping district. The hotel's 174 guestrooms are color co- coordinated and feature plush fabrics and cherry wood furniture. Modern amenities include wireless Internet connections, satellite and interactive television, direct-dial phones with voicemail, air conditioning, safes, clock radios, trouser presses, and minibars.  The hotel has a leisure club where guests can enjoy amenities such as an indoor swimming pool, jetted tub, fitness equipment, Turkish bath, sauna, solarium and health bar.
Residence Hotel Antwerp
Reside in spacious, luxurious and unpredictably complete rooms - even your car is lodged in style.  The guests of the Residence Hotel are mainly people who appreciate truly high-quality service. That quiet extra step which we gladly take and which makes the Residence Hotel a household word in Antwerp.  Our guests can also count on the "additional attention" during breakfast in the stylish "La Taverna" and during a busy meeting in the seminar room. Their morning meal is prepared à la carte and it is served at the table, of course.
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