Antwerp in top 10 world cities to visit


The city of Antwerp recently received wonderful recognition from the Lonely Planet travel guide: it was featured among the top 10 world cities to visit in 2018. The fact that the city along the river Scheldt is mentioned in ‘Best in Travel 2018’ is partly thanks to the approaching Baroque year.

The Lonely Planet is probably the world's most important travel guide, both on paper and online and is used all over the world for holiday planning. Every year the organisation assembles a panel of travel journalists and professionals from the tourism industry. Each time they put together a list of the top 10 countries, cities, regions and places to visit based on the best price-quality ratio. The destinations are not chosen based on the number of visitors in previous years, but rather on the basis of what the places will offer in the future.

It is therefore no coincidence that Antwerp has received this nomination right now, two months before the start of its Baroque year: an initiative focusing on the legacy left by Peter Paul Rubens, organised in collaboration with Tourism Flanders. The city's other assets, according to the popular travel guide, are the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the tremendous wealth of patrimony, its pioneering fashion and exciting nightlife. The city's former port known as ’t Eilandje (the Little Island) was also given an honourable mention.

Antwerp is in sixth place in the top 10 cities to visit. The other cities in this ranking are Seville in first place, Detroit in second, Canberra third, Hamburg fourth and Kaohsiung (Taiwan) at number five. Antwerp then takes sixth position, followed by Matera (Italy), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Guanajuato (Mexico) and Oslo.

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