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.