According to Lonely Planet, Antwerp is one of the best-kept secrets.
Flanders’ unofficial capital is laden with historic riches and is home to world-class arts and design. It is both chic and unrefined, historical and contemporary, world city and pocket sized metropolis. In the mid-16th century it was one of Europe’s most important cities and home to baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Despite many historical travails thereafter and severe World War II bombing, Antwerp retains an intriguing medieval heart with plenty of café-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral.
During the high-spirited festival 'Antwerp Baroque 2018' the city will pull out all the stops with a daring and lavish programme in which old Baroque rubs shoulders with new Baroque.