Iconic hotel tribute to Antwerp, Belgium history
The façade of this hotel fits the Antwerp, Belgium scene, with its Michael Graves-designed modern architecture settled in the historic Astrid Square. Enjoy traversing the fashion and diamond districts, both city landmarks, and then head to one of the many museums, including the MAS museum, Red Star line or the Cathedral of Our Lady with its four Peter Paul Rubens paintings.
- Aquatopia - inside hotel
- Antwerp Zoo - 230 m
- Antwerp Diamond District - 700 m
- Cathedral of Our Lady - 1.4 km
- Grote Markt - 1.4 km
- Harbour cruises - 1.5 km
- Fashion Museum MoMu - 1.7 km
- Museum aan de Stroom - 1.9 km
- Red Star Line Museum - 2.5 km
The in-house Aquatopia, houses 35 aquariums of fish, sharks, piranhas, rays, octopi and other creatures. Educational programmes and interactive displays help visitors learn about the rainforests, rivers, caves, coral reefs and ocean bottoms that shelter these diverse and beautiful animals.
One of the oldest in Europe, the Antwerp Zoo is popular with tourists and locals alike. Situated next to Central Station, this expansive zoo stands out as a verdant oasis with more than 5,000 animals of 950 species. Antwerp Zoo prides itself on helping endangered animals like bonobos and okapi.
Antwerp’s Diamond District trades 85% of the world's rough diamonds, 50% of cut diamonds and 40% of industrial diamonds- a staggering USD 127 million daily. Visit Diamondland, Antwerp's largest diamond showroom, to explore the mining, polishing and cutting processes. Look for the insignia of the Antwerp Diamond Jewellers Association in shop windows, which validates stone authenticity. The district is closed on weekends.
Cathedral of Our Lady
The church’s seven naves and 123-metre-high steeple took 169 years (1352 - 1521) to build and is currently the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. Impressive artwork includes Ruben paintings The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross.
Top designer Dries Van Noten and five other graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts (the “Antwerp Six”) formed a world-renowned fashion collective. Explore their flagship stores in the historic Sint Andries neighbourhood, along with MoMu fashion museum and the arts academy in Modenatie.
MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)
The MAS dazzles guests as the newest and largest museum in Antwerp, boasting a 360° panorama of the city, river and port. A long succession of escalators carries guests to the ninth floor, where six-metre-high glass panels afford breathtaking views. A museum square, a shop, pavilions, a rooftop panorama and catering facilities promise a range of experiences in one stylish location.
Red Star Line Museum
The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an exciting voyage. Discover the story of the shipping company, the city of Antwerp and its harbour. Above all, discover the emigrants’ stories. Perhaps it is your story too. You may recognise yourself in a person; you might recognise a place, a voyage, an arrival or departure, maybe even a new beginning.