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Luxury Car Rental Antwerp is a great way to discover the city. Antwerp has a population of over half a million making it the 2nd biggest city in Belgium. Built on the eastern bank of the river Scheldt it leads to the North Sea and is one of the biggest seaports in Europe. The city has big trade routes and the culture has grown from there.
Legend has it that Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch) got its name from a giant called Antigoon who used to stop people crossing the river Scheldt unless they paid a toll. If they refused the giant would cut off one of their hands and throw it in the river, this went on until one day a young hero called Brabo cut the giants hand off and threw it in the river. Legend says that the name Antwerp comes from the Dutch with 'hand werpen' meaning hand thrown.
The name is more likely to have come from the Romans and from the Latin Antverpia meaning before sedimentation, relating to how land forms on the inside curve of the river and where Antwerp currently lies. Roman remains date back to the 2nd century and by the 4th century the German Franks had conquered the region after the decline of Rome. In the 10th century it became part of the Holy Roman Empire. Try luxury car hire Antwerp today and explore this city and all its historical remains at leisure.
In the late 15h century, Antwerp gained prominence due to the decline of Bruges (due to the silting up of the river Zwin) and the foreign trading houses were switched to Antwerp. In this time it became the sugar capital of Europe by importing from Spain and Portugal. Moneylenders based in Antwerp loaned a lot of money to the English government in the period between 1544 for 1574. Antwerp was the richest city in Europe and this was its golden age when the city was intrinsically linked with the 'Age of Exploration'.
By the middle of the 16th century Antwerp had become the second biggest city north of the Alps and foreign merchants were everywhere with hundreds of ships entering the harbour and 2000 carts entering the city each week. It accounted for 40% of World trade. In the 1950's its port was modernized and this attracted new industry. Antwerp today is a fashion centre, specialising in the Avant Garde and is as important as London, Milan, Paris and New York. Rent a Luxury Car in Antwerp, this is a superb way to really get to know this city in style. Contact Apex today for a quote.
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