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Antwerp, Belgium.
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The city of Antwerp, the second largest city of Belgium, is also the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium's three regions. Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally. It is located on the right bank of the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde. It is a city of so many facets, as you would expect being the diamond capital of the world, and it takes a while to get to really know the city. For starters, it is the second largest harbor of Europe, after after Rotterdam. Unlike many other seaports, Antwerp is a city with splendid historic architecture, most dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, Antwerp’s golden era. Thankfully, the artist Peter Paul Rubens preserved the memory of the old 17th century city, which was badly damaged during the World War II.

As you would expect from an international European city, Antwerp offers great choices in gay and gay friendly hotels, inns, guesthouses and traditional bed and breakfast accommodations. Prices and amenities offered range from budget to luxurious so there is plenty of choice for gay and lesbian travelers depending on individual budgets and tastes.
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Antwerp’s diamond district is centered around the Railway Station, the Jewish part of the city, and as you can imagine, the lure of diamonds and jewelry has great appeal to many gay and lesbian travelers the world over. Antwerp has also earned a place among the fashion cities of the world thanks to the efforts of numerous young Flemish fashion designers such as Walter Van Beirendonck, Nadine Wynants, Ann De Meulemeester and several others. The fashion area of Antwerp is located near the Meir shopping street.

And you cannot think about Antwerp and Belgium without thinking about great food. The people of Antwerp have always had a reputation for being gourmets. Because of its unique location, in the 16th century – the “Golden Age” – Antwerp was a port where all types of foodstuffs, drinks, herbs and spices from distant lands arrived. Even today, a wide range of exotic foods is still on sale in Antwerp.

The majority of Antwerp restaurants tend to go in the direction of the French cuisine, with the addition of a few fine Belgian touches or the use of typical Belgian ingredients. However, in this cosmopolitan city you’ll find a whole range of European, ethnic and biological cuisine as well as restaurant experimenting with the latest food fads. The greatest concentration of places to eat is in the areas around the historic city centre, the central station and the South quarter of Antwerp.

And let’s not forget that it was the Belgians created the “French Fry” – not the French, and there’s nothing quite like eating perfectly fried hot potato fries, coated in mayonnaise, out of a cone of white paper. Delicious! Then there are Belgium chocolates, a delicacy to be enjoyed any time of the day or night. Clearly, Antwerp is not a city for those watching their waist line.

So, if you’re looking for culture, art, history, architecture, superb food and wine, and a unique European destination, Antwerp, Belgium has much to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Antwerp Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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