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  • Antwerp


Home to the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens, whose works can be admired in many locations around the city and the one of the world’s major centres for the diamond trade  Antwerp is Belgium’s second biggest city. Set in the heart of the Flanders region, this industrial city has an impressive history and was one of the most important in the world in the 16th century. Today Antwerp is an extremely modern and cool city, where trend and design reign supreme.

Belgium is an extremely accepting country when it comes to LGBT rights and attitudes towards gays, lesbians and transgender people are very liberal, especially here in the Flanders region. Belgium was one of the first countries in the world to embrace same sex marriage. Antwerp has an incredibly interesting gay scene, with some clubs & bars that attracts visitors from far and wide. It has also a very established fetish/leather scene, with a major event taking place in February each year.

Gaytway Guide to Antwerp

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    • Classic Rail Grandeur
    • The station of Antwerp Centraal is a grand testimony of the golden age of rail. Opened in 1905 it is simply monumental, with iron and glass arcades and fine marble floors. It has been named as one of the most beautiful rail stations in the world.

    • Gaze at Zaha Hadid’s Port House
    • The late British architect Zaha Hadid has designed the striking Port House, which used to be a derelict fire station. Just completed in 2016, it’s an amazing masterpiece of modern architecture!

    • Wander through Ruben’s House
    • The famous painter Peter Paul Rubens was born in Antwerp and he built his main residence and studio here in 1611. The house is beautifully restored with period furniture and it also houses 14 of his celebrated paintings.

    • A Church 169 years in the making
    • Antwerp’s Gothic Catherdal - Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal – was built between 1352 and 1521 and its spire pops up every now and again above the skyine of the city roofs. Don’t miss the four Rubens’ canvas displayed here.

    • Enjoy coffee and cake in the Grote Markt
    • As all Flemish cities, Antwerp is essentially built around a beautiful market square and the ornate Medieval Town Hall is also here. As you sip your coffee you’ll notice the famous Brabo Fountain – according to the legend Brabo, a Roman soldier, threw the severed hand of the giant Antigoon into the river.

    • Experience the reknowned gay scene
    • Antwerp has a rich gay scene. Red & Blue is a legendary gay club that since its start in 1997 has become one of the gay clubbing hotspot in Northern Europe, attracting customers from far & wide. Antwerp is also famous for having a big leather & fetish scene, hence the very well established Leather Pride, held in mid-February.
  • Cafe Hessenhuis

    Since 1993 Hessenhuis is one of Antwerp's most iconic spaces, located in a renovated 16th-century warehouse.

    Cafe Strange

    An historical cafe that has been in business for 60 years. 

    Cafe Twilight

    A friendly cafe right on the Theatre Square, with a quiet feel, ideal for a drink & a few nibbles.

    Club Random

    Random Club is a well-known club with a cruising areas upstairs 

    Den Draak

    Founded by a team of volunteers of Het Roze Huis, the bar has become a meeting place for everyone looking for a good time.

    Que Pasa

    A very nice & friendly gay bar and café with a relaxed atmosphere and Latin music & Latin themed-shows.
  • Red & Blue

    Red & Blue is one of the most popular gay nightclubs not just in Antwerp but in the whole of Northern Europe.
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