|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$167.60|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.27|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$12.66|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$41.36|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$63.46|
|Local draught beer||$4.07|
Mortsel is a Belgian city and municipality in close proximity to the famous city of Antwerp situated in Antwerp, a Belgian province. The Antwerp International Airport is the closest airport to Mortsel and is only 5 km away from the city’s center. Tourists would love to visit the Central Station Leopold II which is a unique rail station built in the year 1905 as a distinctive neo-Baroque monument. Cogels-Osylei is a spectacular city quarter characterized by Art Nouveau structures per square meter, more than any other place in the world. Avail cheap flights to Mortsel if you are an Art Nouveau aficionado.
The nearby magnificent Stoclet Palace is a privately owned mansion constructed by famous architect Josef Hoffmann during the period 1905 and 1911 for Adolphe Stoclet, an art lover and a banker by profession. The splendid mansion is regarded as the architect’s masterpiece belonging to the 20th century. It was declared a World heritage site in June 2009 by UNESCO.
Another tourist hotspot close by is the Plantin-Moretus Museum that has a unique collection of invaluable printing equipment, priceless archive and valuable works of art, including famous works by Van Dyck and Reubens. The museum has the priceless original Gütenberg bible, Garamond’s original typographical matrices, two of the world’s oldest printing presses and also the first printed atlas.
Carolus Borromeus Church (1615-1621) is a distinctive Baroque church that was constructed by the Jesuits. Rubens is believed to have designed its striking façade. The interior is equally overwhelming. There is a colossal pulpit, eight confessional boxes, several unique wood carvings and impressive sculptures. It brings to light the life and works of this renowned painter. If you are a history buff, you may arrive here on one of the cheap flights to Mortsel and stay in one of the several good hotels in Mortsel.
Cathedral of our Lady is certainly one of the tallest buildings in the world. This majestic Gothic cathedral was constructed during the period 1352 and 1521 and still dominates Antwerp’s skyline. The cathedral showcases splendid works of Ruben including Elevation of the Cross (1610), Descent from the Cross (1612) and also the Resurrection Triptych (1612). There are several priceless objects here like statues, confessionals, altars and the pulpit. The chief attraction is the unique bronze tomb of Isabella of Bourbon.