Stay in the midst of culture and commerce at Antwerp city center hotel
This Antwerp city center hotel’s location in historic Astrid Square places guests close to the famous fashion and diamond districts. Those with a passion for animals can visit Aquatopia inside the hotel or the nearby Antwerp Zoo. Satisfy a craving for culture with a trip to the MoMu fashion museum, the Museum aan de Stroom, or the Red Star Line Museum, all less than 3 kilometers away.
- Aquatopia - inside hotel
- Antwerp Zoo - 230 m
- Antwerp Diamond District - 700 m
- Cathedral of Our Lady - 1.4 km
- Grote Markt - 1.4 km
- Harbor cruises - 1.5 km
- Fashion Museum MoMu - 1.7 km
- Museum aan de Stroom - 1.9 km
- Red Star Line Museum - 2.5 km
Found inside the hotel, Aquatopia features 35 aquariums filled with fish, sharks, piranhas, rays, and octopi. Visitors can learn more about the rainforests, rivers, caves, coral reefs and ocean bottoms that provide homes for these fascinating animals through educational programs and interactive displays.
Popular with tourists and locals alike, the Antwerp Zoo is located next to Central Station and provides a home for more than 5,000 animals of 950 different species. The zoo is especially focused on protecting endangered animals like bonobos and okapi.
One of the city’s most well-known landmarks, Antwerp’s Diamond District trades 85% of all rough diamonds, 50% of cut diamonds and 40% of industrial diamonds, and its daily transactions are worth USD 127 million. Explore mining, polishing and cutting processes at Diamondland, Antwerp's largest diamond showroom, and look for the insignia of the Antwerp Diamond Jewelers Association in shop windows to find stores carrying authentic stones. The district is closed on weekends.
Cathedral of Our Lady
The highest Gothic building in the Low Countries, the Cathedral features seven naves and a 123-meter-high steeple that took 169 years (1352 - 1521) to build. The cathedral houses 4 Peter Paul Rubens paintings, including The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross.
Designer Dries Van Noten joined with 5 other graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts to form a world-famous fashion collective known as the “Antwerp Six.” Browse their flagship stores, located in the historic Sint Andries neighborhood. Then continue exploring the world of high fashion with a visit to the MoMu museum and the arts academy in Modenatie.
MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)
The newest and largest museum in Antwerp, MAS features a 360° panoramic view of the city. Ride the escalators to the ninth floor and take in stunning views of the river, port and city skyline through 6-meter-high glass panels. The venue also features multiple pavilions, a rooftop panorama, a museum square, a store, and catering facilities.
Red Star Line Museum
Explore the story of the Red Star Line shipping company as it intertwines with the story of Antwerp and its harbor. In addition to learning about the history of shipping and of the city, you'll discover the stories of many immigrants, perhaps even some stories that are part of your own personal history.