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Train Brussels to Antwerp & Ruben's House

Sunday 5/3 we travel from Brussels to Antwerp -- ideally departing in the morning if the trains run then -- and we hope to see Ruben's House in Antwerp before checking into our barge trip by 3:00 pm. We've never been to either city and need some logistics help.

Questions:
1) Which Brussels train station is best for travel to Antwerp (from Dominican Hotel)
2) Do trains run frequently to Antwerp on Sunday mornings?
3) Should we store our bags in a station locker at Antwerp or take them to Ruben's House?
4) How far is Ruben's House from train station?

Much appreciation for any insights provided!

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Trains start at least as early as 6:00 on Sundays and stop at all three major Brussels train stations (Midi/Sud, Central, and Nord). How to Look Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you the DB train schedule link and tips for using it.

Rick's Amsterdam/Bruges/Brussels guidebook describes the walk from Antwerp train station to Rubens house as a 3-block gentle, downhill stroll. See Google Maps for more walking directions, although I assume there will also be street signs. Do use the luggage lockers at the station (€3-4, exact change required).

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''Rick's Amsterdam/Bruges/Brussels guidebook describes the walk from Antwerp train station to Rubens house as a 3-block gentle, downhill stroll." Rick must have found the only hill in Antwerpen, because the city is almost completely flat. But I agree, it is a pretty easy walk of only a few blocks.

You would do best to store your bags in the station, if available.

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-The Dominican is an easy walk from Station Brussel-Centraal.
-In Antwerp station lockers (sign posted) are underneath the “old” stairs as soon as you walk from the
platform area into the “Cathedral”.
-Ruben´s house is located at a side-street of the Meir, Antwerps most well-known shopping
street, just follow the main street De Keyserlei, west of the station leading to the old city
center an the Meir, very easy.