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Welcome to Antwerp


Antwerp has shrugged off its reputation as a purely industrial port city and is now known for its energetic nightlife with an active cultural scene. It has a dense concentration of things to see. Among the beautifully preserved Gothic and Baroque architecture are many churches, museums and galleries. The work of the local sculptor, Peter Paul Reubens, surfaces all over the city, most notably at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. At the centre of the city is the Grote Markt with the baroque Brabo Fountain in the middle. There are countless shopping opportunities and trendy bars and nightclubs around the city for the fashion-conscious and young at heart.

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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. July and August are usually the warmest months in Antwerp but are also the wettest. The most pleasant time to visit Antwerp is probably in April or May.

The Flemish, in the north, speak Dutch (60% of the population); the Walloons in the south speak French (40%). Brussels is bilingual, the majority of citizens speaking French. In the east there is a small German-speaking community. English is also spoken.

Euro (EUR) divided into 100 cents. Most credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Eurcard) as are travellers cheques (though it is best to carry them in Euros, US dollars or Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges when exchanging). ATMs are available in all major cities. Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch. There are however some foreign exchange offices that trade on Sundays.

Local time in Belgium is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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