Take a look at this small city loft on airbnb, just outside the center of Antwerp
Belgium’s second biggest city, and capital of Flanders, is Antwerp. And without a doubt, this charming city is the country’s capital of a lot of cool things! It’s known for many years as a powerful magnet for everyone from fashion addicts and club lovers, to art freaks and diamond dealers. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to the famous painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Despite many historical happenings and severe bombing during the second Wolrd War, Antwerp remains an intriguing city, with an old and medieval heart, filled with cobbled lanes, many cosy bars and restaurants, a riverside fortress, a truly impressive cathedral and thé most beautiful Central Station of the world! If you decided to visit this artistic city, you sure made the right choice, and we can’t think of a better place to stay than this small but spacious, contemporary city loft!
Just outside the historic center lies this 70m2 private apartment, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Surrounded by tranquility, you would not say that you are staying close to the old city. All major approach roads are nearby, and there is more than enough parking space available if you would be coming by car.
Besides this, public transport is also nearby; bus, tram and train station are at no less than 5min walking. If you decide to walk to the historic center, you’ll find yourself there in around 20min walking.
When you enter the apartment, you’ll find a fully equipped open space with lots of natural light, recently renovated with only honest and ecologic materials. A very open, modern and light space of 70m2, with all necessary luxury to have a comfortable stay. It is suitable for two friends, or a couple, and has all necessities you could wish for. Guest will have access to the complete apartment, and will enjoy full privacy with a separate entrance and no common spaces.
There are several options if you want to go discover the city! The most obvious ways to do so are:
Cycling in Antwerp has many advantages. It is healthy, environmentally friendly and in many cases also the fastest way. In the city there are over 700 km of cycling trails, safe and comfortable for cyclists. There are several bicycle rental companies that make it possible to rent a bicycle in Antwerp quickly and easily. And this for short journeys as well as for longer journeys.
Do you want to cover short distances in the city of Antwerp? Then Velo is handy and fast. Take a Velo near your place of departure. Cross the city and return the bike in a Velo station close to your destination. Ideal in combination with train, tram or bus.
The bikes are available during 365 days per year and 24 hours per day.
The different Velo stations are located on walking distance from each other (max 400 m) in an area that includes the city center and the surrounding districts Berchem, Borgerhout, Deurne, Hoboken, Merksem and Wilrijk .
You can easily register on this website for a day or week pass, or a year card. For a short visit to Antwerp, a day (4€) or week pass (10€) is ideal. You can order them up to 30 days in advance with a Visa or Mastercard. Users of a day or week pass receive a user code and password. With these codes you can immediately take a bike at any available station.
–> for more info about the Velo: www.velo-antwerpen.be/
Do you want to rent a bike in Antwerp? The Levanto bikes are sturdy and well maintained. Ideal to go shopping for a day or to make a journey through the city at your own pace. Visit them at ‘Fietspunt‘ at Antwerpen-Centraal railway station to rent your bike or get more information. Prices vary from 13€ for a day, until 42€ for a week.
–> for more info about the Levanto bike rental: www.levanto.be
The apartment is located just outside the old historic center of Antwerp. If you start walking, it will take you around 20 minutes (1,5km) to reach the southern part of the historic center, with many bars and restaurants, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts.
–> how to get to the southern part of the historic center: Google Maps
Since the city itself is not that big, a nice way to view it can be by foot. You will not experience any parking issues, and you can choose calmly your own pace. A fun idea is to use the “city orientation walk”, just follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the city.
How it works: download the app “GPSmyCity: Walks and Articles with Offline Maps”.
The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
–> for more info: www.gpsmycity.com/tours
Trams and buses
The Antwerp tramway network is a network of tramways forming part of the public transport system in Antwerp, and is operated by the Flemish region’s transportation company De Lijn. It features fourteen lines, eight of which pass partially underground, known as Antwerp Pre-metro. It is a simple and cheap way to travel around in Antwerp, and it will bring you pretty much everywhere. Besides the trams, there are also buses driving around in the city. The easiest way to buy your ticket, is to send a text message (SMS). These mobile tickets are valid for 60 minutes on both buses and trams.
How to use it? Before you get on:
- sms the order code ‘DL’ to the short number 4884.
- You will receive a confirmation SMS that is valid as a ticket for travel.
- The SMS ticket is invoiced via the mobile phone bill or deducted from the calling credit.
- During the period of validity of the SMS ticket there is no restriction on changes, regardless of the number of zones. If the trip takes longer, you will have to buy a new SMS ticket or another type of ticket.
- At inspection: the sms ticket is secured in various ways. Our drivers and ticket inspectors can check whether your mobile phone has received a valid SMS ticket, even if your mobile phone stops working during the inspection. In that case you are required to report your mobile phone number to the ticket inspector.
There is a good app available, where you can type in your address you want to go to, and the app will advice you the ideal route to take.
–> for more info go to the routeplanner: www.delijn.be/en/routeplanner/
Antwerpen-Centraal (Antwerp Central) is the name of the main railway station in the city of Antwerp. The station is operated by the national railway company NMBS. It has been voted several times as thé most beautiful train station in the world, and if you visit it, you will see why. If you take the train in Antwerpen-Centraal, you will almost for sure have your first stop in Antwerpen-Berchem, the second biggest station of the city.Another, smaller station, is Antwerpen-Zuid, just at five minutes walking from the apartment. Antwerpen-Zuid is a railway station in the south of the city, and the old station opened on 10 July 1878. From here you can easily take a train to Antwerpen-Berchem and Antwerpen-Centraal, and you will arrive in the city center in just minutes. Antwerpen-Zuid is also very easy if you want to go to Ghent or Bruges, or to the Belgian coast. Before you go down to the station, you will find an automate next to the street, where you can buy your tickets.
–> for more info to travel by train: www.belgianrail.be/routeplanner
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