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Antwerp – city on the Scheldt, city of Rubens, of diamonds, of fashion, a port city... The sum of all these different aspects is what makes Antwerp into a real city: a vibrant, welcoming metropolis, which is also great fun and heart-warming, with green areas where you can relax and peaceful corners. Antwerp is a veritable cultural capital, which prides itself on its impressive architecture and splendid art. Moreover, Antwerp is a fashionista's dream destination thanks to the stores of its world-renowned designers. The cafes only serve the best beers and foodies can enjoy the most delicious traditional and multicultural cuisine in the city’s restaurants. Antwerp: a pocket-sized metropolis which is sure to conquer anyone’s heart in no time at all

Tourist favorites in Antwerp

Cogels Osylei

Cogels-Osylei (1881–1914) is the architectural showpiece of the Zurenborg neighbourhood in the district of Berchem. It was named after Senator John Cogels and his wife, Josephine Osy, who owned most of the land in the street. The Antwerpers used to call it 'de Meir van Zurenborg' after the majestic promenade in the centre of the city. The variety of building styles in the neighbourhood is unique in Europe. Several renowned architects, including Joseph Bascourt, Jacques de Weert and Jules Hofman designed and built these gigantic town houses. In addition to Art Nouveau or Jugendstil this street includes examples of every possible neo-style, from neo-Gothic to neo-Byzantine. And yet, somehow, this amazing architectural patchwork seems to form one whole. In the 1960s there were plans to demolish Cogels-Osylei and the neighbouring streets and replace it with an office and apartment building. Luckily these plans never came to fruit. The entire neighbourhood has been listed since 1984 as a cityscape, as have most houses. All the houses have Flemish names: Huize Zonnebloem (The Sunflower House), De Sterre (The Star), De Mane (The Moon), De Sonne (The Sun), etc. One of the exceptions in this street are the four, almost identical neo-Baroque corner houses on the roundabout, also called 'white palaces', for which the architect drew inspiration from the Castle of Chambord in France.


Cathedral of Our Lady

The Cathedral has been dominating Antwerp's skyline with its northern spire for five centuries. Over time, however, the cathedral's appearance and interior regularly changed. As a result, this monumental edifice reflects many different styles including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. From the ninth to the twelfth century there was a small Chapel of Our Lady in this location; in the twelfth century a larger Roman church was built here. In 1352 the city commissioned the construction of a new church which was to be the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries. In 1521 the Church of Our Lady was completed. The intention was to build two identical spires, but after the new church largely burned down in 1533 all energy and resources were focused on restoring it in all its splendour. The completion of the second spire was thus postponed, and finally it was never built. In 1559 the Diocese of Antwerp was founded and the Church of Our Lady became a Cathedral.During the iconoclasm of 20 August 1566 the Protestants destroyed a large part of the cathedral's valuable interior. In 1794 French revolutionaries pillaged it. But the cathedral managed to rise from its ashes time and again. In 1816 several important works of art, including three masterpieces by Rubens, were returned from Paris. The cathedral's spire is 123 metres high, the tallest spire in the Benelux countries.


Grote Markt (square)

Grote Markt is the actual heart of the medieval city centre. Antwerp has had a 'Merckt' since 1310. It only became 'groot' or large in the sixteenth century when it was deemed to small as a space for trade. The vegetable sellers were allocated their own market, called 'Kleine Markt' or small market, to distinguish it from the oldest and most important market. Grote Markt is surrounded by several stunning sixteenth- and seventeenth-century guild houses. These authentic houses have been carefully restored. The other houses are nineteenth- and twentieth-century reconstructions, based on paintings and testimonials. The combination of Flemish Gothic and Italian Renaissance is typical of the Netherlands. The opulent decorations of the houses are largely due to the guilds, which expressed their wealth or power among others through their façades. The town hall, which was built between 1561 and 1564, is the most resplendent building in Grote Markt. This magnificent 'palazzo' is considered a Renaissance masterpiece. The marble façade has several pillars between the windows, statues in the niches, coats of arms and a loggia under the roof. It is a veritable treasure trove with several art treasures inside.


Central Station

In 1835 the first train from Brussels to Antwerp arrived in Antwerp in a wooden station outside the city walls, in Koningin Astridplein. This structure was replaced in 1854 by a new wooden station building near the Antwerp Zoo's current entrance: East Station. But King Leopold II felt that Antwerp deserved a more prestigious station. In 1895 Bruges-born architect Louis dela Censerie set to work. Ten years later Antwerp's Central Station was officially inaugurated. The station consists of an elevated railway bed, a covered steel platform hall and a monumental station building for services and ticket hall.Antwerp's Central Station is considered one of the most beautiful stations worldwide. Between 2000 and 2009 the monumental building was completely modernised and expanded to accommodate the high-speed rail line. More platforms were opened on two additional underground levels, an additional entrance with station hall was built in Kievitplein and space was created for shops and restaurants. The unique metal platform roof had previously been restored. In the past Antwerp Central Station was a terminus where trains had to turn around. But since 2007, trains can continue their journey thanks to the railway tunnel between Antwerp Central Station and the north of the city.


Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prints Room (interior)

Plantin-Moretus MuseumThe museum is located on the picturesque Vrijdagmarkt in the historic centre of the city. A real must see – and certainly not only restricted to visitors who have an interest in the development and the history of book publishing. Sightseeing tourists invariably put this museum at the top of their list of places to see in Antwerp.The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the continuation of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Today it constitutes the only fully equipped printing works-publishing house, which dates back to the Renaissance and Baroque Period. In 2001 Unesco granted the old company and home archives and the oldest printing presses world heritage status. This magnificent patrician house, the unique typographical treasury and the resplendent book museum were added to the World Heritage List in 2002.It is here that the Masters of the Gulden Passer (The Golden Compass) lived and worked. Visitors can still admire the original interior of the house, decorated with tapestries, gilded leather walls, paintings and sculptures. The museum also gives an educational overview of the whole book production process from the 15th to the 18th Century. End your visit in one of the many libraries of the museum or take a breath of fresh air in one of the gardens of the inner courtyard.


Great hotels in Antwerp

Hotel 't Sandt

Hôtel 't Sandt is a luxury first class hotel in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, reflecting the historical elegance of Antwerp Old Town. Housed in a magnificently restored neo-roccoco mansion, the Hôtel 't Sandt is located directly around the corner from most of the stylish design stores, funky restaurants and the trendy South quarter. This Antwerp accommodation is perfect as a base from which exploring the numerous sightseeing attractions Antwerp has to offer: Antwerp City Hall at the Grote Markt main square, the fascinating Guildhouses, or the Het Steen Fortress are just some examples of the enchanting things to see in Antwerp. Guests booking Hôtel 't Sandt may enjoy the beautiful Italian courtyard and the Summer terrace which offers an appealing view of the Cathedral. Weather permitting it is possible to have breakfast here. An attentive staff will make sure that your stay in Antwerp will be even more unforgettable than expected. Leave your car in the on-site garage and discover on foot this incredibly beautiful city.! Wireless Internet access is included in the price. Parking is not included in the price and costs €16,00. Breakfast is included in the price. Hôtel 't Sandt is a luxury first class hotel in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, reflecting the historical elegance of Antwerp Old Town. Housed in a magnificently restored neo-roccoco mansion, the Hôtel 't Sandt is located directly around the corner from most of the stylish design stores, funky restaurants and the trendy South quarter.

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Location. Located in central Antwerp, Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp is near the airport and within walking distance of Aquatopia and Antwerp Zoo. Additional points of interest include Antwerp City Hall and Rubens House. Hotel Features. Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast area (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. The property's full-service health spa has beauty services. This 4-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers a meeting/conference room, secretarial services, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. This Antwerp property has event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, a ballroom, and exhibit space. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle at scheduled times. Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Guestrooms. 247 air-conditioned guestrooms at Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Furnishings include desks and ergonomic chairs. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers and safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones with voice mail. LCD televisions have satellite channels and pay movies. Also included are blackout drapes/curtains and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request in-room massages, hypo-allergenic bedding, and extra towels/bedding. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily. The health and fitness club features a sauna, spa tub, steam room, fitness equipment, and indoor swimming pool. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

Novotel Antwerpen

Location. Novotel Antwerpen is a business-friendly hotel located in Antwerp, close to Port of Antwerp, Museum Aan de Stoom, and Vleeshuis. Additional points of interest include National Maritime Museum and St. Pauluskerk. Hotel Features. Novotel Antwerpen features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3-star property offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. This Antwerp property has 175 square meters of event space. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a terrace, and barbecue grills. Guestrooms. 120 air-conditioned guestrooms at Novotel Antwerpen feature minibars and safes. Accommodations offer pool or courtyard views. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer desks. Televisions have satellite channels and free movie channels. Also included are windows that open and clock radios. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Hotel O Antwerpen - Hampshire Classic

A fancy and unique Antwerp 3 star hotel for an unforgettable stay in Belgium: that’s exactly what you’ll find at Hotel O Antwerpen - Hampshire Classic.You ‘ll find the Hotel O Antwerpen located at ‘t Zuid (The South), one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods in Antwerp. Guests will find themselves in an exciting area full of art galleries, shops, museums and hip spots where you can take a coffee at day or go out and have fun at night. But that’s not all: the amazing Hotel O Antwerpen accommodation in Antwerp, Belgium is even more exciting. Spoiling its guests with luxury amenities, this accommodation is a fashionable blend of luxury, creativity and great comfort, which makes that even only a stay in this accommodation is worth the trip to Flanders. You can relax in the unique dreamlike rooms and suites, sip a glass of cold champagne from the massage bed and unwind in the whirlpool or sauna. The accommodation also offers congress facilities, which makes it a perfect destination for those who need to make business trips in Belgium. The Hotel O Antwerpen has everything well thought of: as guests may have trouble with finding a parking spot in this lively city, the accommodation offers private valet parking and rents out bikes, vespa bikes and SMART cabriolets. So for all those who want to visit Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium: come over and find it out for yourself, Hotel O Antwerpen is a dream of a hotel where you’ll have a dream of a stay.

Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt

Superbly located in the heart of the historic part of the city, Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt offers an outstanding central position in Antwerp, major port of Belgium on the right bank of the river Scheldt. Easily accessible from public transportation system, this cosy 4-star deluxe hotel in Antwerp is within walking distance of the famous Grand Place lively square full of typical brasseries and restaurants. The Rubens - Grote Markt is an ideal solution for both tourists and business travellers since all things of interest of Antwerp are within easy reach of this romantic and charming hotel. A very special feature of the Rubens - Grote Markt Hotel is its friendly and helpful staff, who will always be ready to help you planning your next sightseeing tour or arrange your airport transfers. In short, the Rubens - Grote Markt is definitely the right place to stay for a pleasant holiday in Antwerp.

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