Antwerp is Belgium's largest city in the north. The city is very famous as the diamond trade center of the world, more than 70% of all diamonds in the world are sold in Antwerp. The city's medieval Old Town is beautiful and Antwerp's port is one of the largest in Europe. The main attractions besides the diamond exchange, and jewelery stores, are the Peter Paul Rubens (famous baroque painter) House and Museum, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (cathedral), and several other old churches. And also the city's red-light area is popular among tourists.
Monthly Weather Conditions
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Compared to prices worldwide, Antwerp is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $68.11, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $272.37, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $67.39
- Hotel (3 stars): $92.95
- Hotel (4 stars): $121.60
- Hotel (5 stars): $174.30
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $14.74
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $25.86
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.45
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.90
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $16.68
Antwerp has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 66.1 (better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 86.7 (better than United states average 70.2)
- Walking alone at night: 59.4 (better than United states average 41.1)
More information: Antwerp safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.