Antwerp was founded on the river Scheldt by the Roman legionary Brabo at approximately 400 years A.D. The locals enjoy walking from the old city centre to the Kaaien; finishing at the fairy tale castle of Het Steen. Inhabitants of Antwerp are true lovers of life; the city centre offers many restaurants and cosy cafés where beer flows in abundance and the hospitality is sublime. The city is sprinkled with historic buildings, the highlight of which is the Cathedral of Our Lady on the Grote Markt. Inside, you'll find the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, perhaps the most famous inhabitant of Antwerp. His former house and studio, Rubens House, attracts many visitors.
Lovers of art can indulge themselves at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Photo Museum and the MuHKA in the trendy neighbourhood of [i]'t Zuid[/i]. In Zurenborg you can gaze at the beautiful art deco and art nouvea style façades. The fashion city of Antwerp offers lots of shopping pleasure, for instance, in the Keyserlei and the Meir with its stunning Stadsfeestzaal shopping centre. Antwerp Zoo is close to the Central Station and the infamous Diamond District. It's only a 2 hour train journey to Rotterdam from here.