« Brussels passes itself off, quite wrongly, as a capital. The real capital would be Antwerp, if a capital could be a simple trade center » - Charles Baudelaire
As one of Europe’s most important cities in the mid 16th century, Antwerp has much to offer to its visitors in terms of cultural attractions, entertainment, and historical monuments. For art lovers, this city has what you need. As the home the renown baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens, the city has a handful of museums that showcase this important movement. Its cultural contrast can be seen when wandering in its streets with its riverside fortress, parks, impressive churches and medieval style architecture.