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Antwerp, Belgium - More than beer and chocolate

A March 2004 trip to Antwerp by wanderingnomad

St Carolus-Borromeuskerk Photo, Antwerp, Belgium More Photos
Quote: A highly underrated travel destination, Belgium's essence is more than just a frothy brew of hops and barley and sinfully rich cocoa-based creations.

Antwerp, Belgium - More than beer and chocolate

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Overview

St Carolus-Borromeuskerk Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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Belgium is one of Europe’s underrated tourist destinations when compared to its more famous neighbours such as Italy and France. But don’t let its low-key reputation fool you--scratch beneath the surface of its (well-deserved) reputation for fine beer and chocolates and you will find a country bursting with art, culture, food and architecture, replete with the traditional European charm of cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a tumultuous history. There are three official languages in Belgium: French, Dutch, and German. But getting around is easy, as English is widely used and spoken, especially in the cities. Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city after Brussels and is situ...Read More

Hilton Antwerp

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Hotel

Hilton Antwerp Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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The Hilton Antwerp is a five-star hotel that is conveniently located at Groenplaats Square, next to the magnificent Antwerp cathedral and adjacent to the historical city centre. As such, it is a very convenient base from which to explore the historic quarter of the city, which is just a few minutes' walk out of the main lobby. The hotel itself occupies a historical building (in what used to be Antwerp's "Grand Bazar") and was reinstated as an architectural landmark in 1993. For shoppers, the pedestrianised Mier shopping street is a 5-minute walk from the hotel; in addition, a small shopping mall is directly connected to the hotel (via an internal walkway) and contains a Tintin outlet, several small...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Hilton Antwerp
Groenplaats 32
Antwerp, Belgium
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Via Via

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Restaurant | "Via-Via Restaurant"

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If you are looking for sumptuous classical French cuisine with a romantic candlelit ambience, then Via-Via Restaurant might just fit the bill. Located in a narrow cobblestone street just off one of the main thoroughfares of Antwerp's old quarter, Via-Via is a short 10-minute walk from the Hilton Antwerp and close to the Onze Lieve Vrouwkathedraal, a very pleasant stroll in the evening and a great prelude to a romantic night out. Via-Via is only open for dinner (weekdays 6 to 10:30pm; weekends 6 to 11pm) and its menu is seasonal, so depending on when you go, expect to find something different being offered. There were not many main course items on the menu when we went (reminiscent of most fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

Via Via
Pelgrimstraat 7
Antwerp, Belgium 2000
+32 3 226 52 42