Antwerp is the second largest city of Belgium. With a population of 1,3 million inhabitants.
It is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of Flanders, the North and prosperous part of the country.
You will probably arrive in Antwerp central Rail station. Called the “Rail Cathedral”,
it is considered one of the most alluring and spectacular train stations in Europe, made of gilding and marble.
The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained within a small area. You can easily explore walking on your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador who can show you around. To really enjoy the City, you will need at least two days and maybe one more to recover from your exciting Saturday night, as Flemish gay life can be pretty vivid, especially if you are into leather.
Take your time walking and admiring the old
crammed with delightful churches, classy palaces, historical districts, remarkable museums, gardens
Flemish Renaissance architecture is everywhere, but especially reflected in the astonishing Grand Place, which is in the heart of the old town.
Antwerp is home to dozens of great museums and galleries.
You could visit the Belgian fashion museum. In the eighties, Antwerp emerged as an international fashion clothing design center thanks to the “Antwerp Six,” international fashion designers such as Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten.
The Museum Aan de Stroom is an ethnographic, anthropological and maritime museum. It has a permanent collection of half a million pieces of art, distributed in thematically organized galleries.
The House of Rubens, currently a museum, is the former home and studio of the famous Belgium painter.
After a full day touring, have an enjoyable break in the trendy area of Het Eilandje, packed with creative restaurants, hipsters cafés, art galleries, antique shops, and young designers stalls.
The gay area in Antwerp
You will find gay bars all around the city. Antwerp has a great reputation within the European Leather and fetish scene. Antwerp Gay Pride is the biggest gay event, and it is held in August. Another big event is Leather and Fetish Pride, which occurs in February.
Gay beach close to Antwerp
Bredene beach is an attractive and popular destination just 1-hour drive from Antwerp where you can spend a lazy day. In a sunny day, take your best leather swim trunk and let’s do it.
Day trip from Antwerp
Bruges is an exceptionally well-preserved medieval city, just one hour from Antwerp. It is a perfect place for a romantic walk or to recover from your night off.
Impressive museums, lovely walks in the old city, leather parties, fashion, gay bars, and trendy restaurants … Antwerp is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive weekend. Traveling alone, with friends, or with your beloved one.
Finally, Antwerp is strategically positioned to visit Germany, France, Netherland or Belgium, as it is only a few hours trip by car or speed train to visit other fascinating and gay-friendly cities such as Rotterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Lille … and even Paris