EXPLORE THE CITY CENTER TO DISCOVER BELGIUM'S HISTORY AND CULTURE
Situated in the city center, our hotel puts you near some of Antwerp’s leading attractions. Animal lovers can check out the creatures at the aquarium next to the hotel and then take a short walk to the city zoo. Antwerp’s famous diamond and fashion districts also lie within walking distance. Capture a different view of this vital port city with a boat tour, and then take in the sights of Grote Markt, a triangular plaza lined by magnificent guild houses and the impressive city hall, which showcases architecture of the Flemish Renaissance.
- 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
- Mode Museum (MoMu) - 1.7 km
- Museum aan de Stroom - 1.9 km
- Red Star Line Museum - 2.5 km
Next door to the hotel, Aquatopia features 35 aquariums filled with fish, sharks, piranhas, rays, and octopi. Through educational programs and interactive displays, visitors can learn more about the rainforests, rivers, caves, coral reefs and ocean bottoms that provide homes for these fascinating animals.
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 7 naves and a 123-meter-high steeple that took 169 years (1352 – 1521) to build. The cathedral houses 4 paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, 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 MoMu 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 9th 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.