Antwerp is a pleasant city, full of charm and modern convenience. The city boasts many excellent museums and historical monuments, as well as a fast-paced nightlife, fine shopping districts, and a booming commercial centre. Antwerp is the home of outstanding Art Museums, which offer a comprehensive survey of masterpieces, from the Old Flemish Masters to the contemporary avant-garde. Rubens home also maintains a superb permanent collection. In addition to these indoor galleries, Antwerp itself is a museum of sculpture and architecture. From the eleventh century Castle on the river to the Gothic Cathedral and the Renaissance Town Hall, visitors are surrounded by magnificent buildings and monuments. The city was the 1988 laureate of the 'Europa Nostra Awards' for the protection of Europe's architectural heritage. It was elected the 1993 Cultural Capital of Europe.
As a working city Antwerp ranks high because of its port and its petrochemical industry. Due to the European Union developments, it has become the hub of major economic activities: the city is experiencing a financial boom, attracting many multinationals and international know-how. Appropriately enough, the gem of the city's second largest industry is diamonds. The volume of the Antwerp diamond trade is by far the largest in the world.Foreign students and visitors will appreciate the city's central location in Europe. Brussels, Belgium's capital, now commonly called 'the Capital of Europe', is only a thirty-minute train ride away. From Antwerp one can quickly and easily reach Amsterdam (2 hrs.), Luxembourg (3 hrs.), Paris (2 hrs.) and London (3 1/2 hrs. by train, 45 min. by plane.
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