Antwerpen, also known as Antwerp, is the second largest city in Belgium and is known for its stunning architecture, diamond industry, fashion, art, and culture.
The Museum aan de Stroom, near Grote Markt in the old city quarter, is a must-see for its setting alone. Housed in a stunning red sandstone and glass modular building on the Scheldt waterfront, the MAS showcases Antwerp’s history through paintings, sculpture and artifacts. Unlike admission to galleries, entry to the 9th-floor terrace for its dramatic view of the port and city is free.
Belgian beer and ale aficionados should not miss a visit to De Koninck Brewery’s Visitor Centre. A glimpse behind the scenes reveals what goes into making this popular amber ale. After the interactive, self-guided tour, visitors are invited to enjoy a perfectly pulled Bolleke beer.
Perusing trendy and vintage clothing and accessories is a favourite thing to do in Antwerp. Join local Sunday shoppers in the fashion district on the first weekend of each month. Popular Kloosterstraat stores feature creations from major names and up-and-coming designers. To enjoy the vibrant scene without spending, window-shop on other Sundays, when most stores are closed.
In good weather, experience one-of-a-kind Middelheim Museum, an open-air sculpture display on 30 acres of Antwerp’s famous Nightingale Park, a 20-minute walk from the hotel. View the city’s historic architecture by strolling the 16th-century riverside square, Grote Markt, and visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady, Belgium’s largest Gothic church.
Admiring the glittering wares in the Diamond Quarter. Explore the workshops and boutiques, or visit the Diamond Museum. Here, you'll learn how rough diamonds fresh from the mines are transformed through a precise cutting process into sparkling jewels.
Middelheimlaan 61, Antwerp, 2020
The Middelheim Museum comprises an impressive 30-hectare park and exhibition space. Over the years, the exhibition concept was redeveloped, works were rearranged and the park itself expanded with several new zones