In photos: These are Lonely Planet’s picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, #6. Antwerp, Belgium

Lonely Planet has released their picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, in a list that features a few surprises and interesting choices. To make the cut on one of the most influential travel lists of the year, destinations must offer outstanding experiences in 2018, be it for a special event, milestone, or new openings and attractions, editors say. They can likewise be overlooked and underrated destinations that are worth the visit. For travel ideas in the year ahead, click through to see Lonely Planet’s selection of best cities 2018.

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6. Antwerp, Belgium

Described as Europe’s best kept secret, next year the city will celebrate its most famous resident Rubens, in a series of events that will include parades, concerts, street art, multimedia shows and workshops.

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Once northern Europe’s greatest city, today Antwerp is one of its best-kept secrets. Flanders’ unofficial capital is laden with historic riches and home to world-class arts and design, and this year it’s showing its cultural chops with a celebration of its Baroque heyday. Inspired by the city’s most famous resident, Rubens, Antwerp Baroque 2018 will feature Flemish Masters rubbing shoulders with modern talent in a calendar that spans parades, concerts, street art, multimedia shows and workshops. Not that Antwerp’s residents need an excuse to unleash their creativity: the city, especially its former docks, is flush with pop-up bars, farm-to-fork joints and architectural showstoppers.

Antwerp is unafraid to showcase modernity among all that Baroque – the cutting-edge Museum aan de Stroom opened its doors in 2011 © repistu / iStock Editorial / Getty Images

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