Antwerp, Belgium

The starting host port for 2016 - Antwerp, Belgium - will be hosting the event for the sixth time since its first event in 1993.

Antwerp loves The Tall Ships Races.  Located in the heart of Europe it’s a pocket-sized metropolis and Europe’s second largest port.  With 164 different nationalities living there, the city is the second most multicultural city in the world and was voted one of the top ten most attractive and enjoyable cities in the world by Lonely Planet (2009).   

The second biggest city in Belgium, Antwerp was heavily fortified between the 10th and 20th century. These days, however, little remains of it's defensive structure and it's many great landmarks, including historic zoo's and legendary artists entombed within beautiful religious buildings, are open to all. 

This is a city that has acted as a hub of art, power and affluence in centuries past and the grandiose personality has not worn off over time. Antwerp has endured several historical disasters, including heavy bombing during WWII, but that hasn't stopped it from evolving in to a vibrant hub of fashion, entertainment and architecture.

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