Antwerp is an odd duck. It's a port city that's also a fashion capital, very accessible to the average visitor yet full of intrigue thanks to the influential diamond industry that's also centered here. Beer aficionados will find plenty to interest them here and in the surrounding area.
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- Food and Wine
- De Koninck, Antwerp's last remaining brewery, is the city's pride and joy. Arrange visits by phone or Internet at least a month in advance; you'll get a general introduction, tour the brewery, and taste two beers.
- The famous Bierhuis Kulminator pours 550 kinds of beer, including EKU-28, the strongest beer on earth.
- The modest 'T Waagstuk, in a 16th-century warehouse near the river Schelde, has welcomed beer lovers since 1983. In addition to many specialty beers, there are seminars for beer devotees.
- The sleepy town of Lier, 10 mi/16 km southeast of Antwerp, was the home of the parents of Charles the V and Ferdinand I.
- The Kalmthout Arboretum, 11 mi/18 km north of the city, contains more than 6,000 trees in a 25-acre park.