Antwerp

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The diamond capital of the world is both historically rich and refreshingly modern, with 16th-century architecture and a thriving avant-garde arts scene.

Antwerp is known for diamonds, avant-garde fashion and gothic architecture. The city of half a million people sits on the east bank of the River Schelde, and its compact center gives Antwerp a bustling vibe. The locals, with a reputation for being relaxed and friendly, are more than happy to switch from their native-tongue Flemish to English.

The city’s position as a key trading point saw it explode into riches during the 16th century; many relics from this golden age still exist. Buildings like the City Hall in the Grote Markt and the palatial Central Station give the town an architectural beauty to rival any in Europe. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal), a huge and ornately decorated Gothic cathedral that houses artworks by Antwerpen artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Art enthusiasts can find out more about Rubens by visiting his old home and studio, the Rubenshuis. The sculpture garden at Middelheim Park south of the center is also a popular spot for art lovers, with its mix of modern and traditional pieces dotted among shrubs and winding paths.

Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s diamonds are traded here. Browse the sparkling displays of jewelers’ windows in the Diamond District, east of the city center.

The city’s fashion school is one of the best in Europe. Many well-known designers have made Antwerp their home. Shop for one-off designer clothes and accessories in the Kammenstraat area.

It’s easy to get around Antwerp on foot or by bicycle. Rent a bike using the city’s public Velo system, which sees bike stations dotted around town. There’s also a good network of buses, trams and a pre-metro system (underground trams). Buy a fixed price transport card.

The climate is maritime, with mild and often wet weather throughout the year. Winters rarely see snow, and June and July—the hottest months—are also the rainiest. The city makes the most of its climate with no shortage of cozy cafes and bars. Pull up a stool at a bar and drink Belgian beer with the locals.

Citybox Antwerp
Citybox Antwerp
2 Molenbergstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$68 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in University District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp Beguinage, Meir and Antwerp Zoo. Port of Antwerp and Cathedral of Our Lady are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
recommend it.
"Nice, brand new hotel. Bit basic room but all works perfectly and you are near the city centre, at 300m from the local underground. Reminds me a bit of Ibis (but NOT the formula1 joke), and is quite good. No restaurants nearby though ...."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Citybox Antwerp
Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station
Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station
3 out of 5
Pelikaanstraat 10-16, Antwerp
The price is AU$133 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Statiekwartier, this hotel is steps away from De Keyserlei, Century Center and Antwerp Zoo. Queen Astrid Square and Queen Elizabeth Hall are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (605 reviews)
"Good location and nice breakfast"

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2021

Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
4 out of 5
Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
Fully refundable
The price is AU$177 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Amandus - Atheneum, this hotel is steps away from Queen Elizabeth Hall, Queen Astrid Square and Antwerp Zoo. De Keyserlei and Flemish Opera are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"2nd time here. Our room wasn't ready yet, but they gave us an upgraded room instead. Service is always great! Breakfast was very good and the wellness was great."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
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Smartflats Design - Meir
Smartflats Design - Meir
3 out of 5
Lange Klarenstraat, 31, Antwerp
The price is AU$169 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Meir, Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square. Antwerp Zoo and Port of Antwerp ...
3.8/5 Good! (17 reviews)
"Good - location handy for old town and City centre; easily walkable from railway station; size of flat; proximity to shops, especially Carrefour for self catering; cleanliness of flat, and; comfortable bed. Okay - decor minimalist; kitchen functional, and; views somewhat limited. Be aware - our flat ..."

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019

Smartflats Design - Meir
Smartflats Diamant
Smartflats Diamant
4 out of 5
Breydelstraat 30, Antwerp
The price is AU$211 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Statiekwartier, this apartment building is steps away from De Keyserlei and Antwerp Zoo. Meir and Cathedral of Our Lady are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Uniek aan de accommodatie was dat er geen receptie aanwezig was en dat alles vantevoren geregeld moest worden. Op zich een leuke ervaring, alleen kreeg ik de toegangscode pas onderweg naar het appartement. Was best spannend allemaal. Maar het was goed gekomen."

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2021

Smartflats Diamant
Condo Gardens Antwerpen
Condo Gardens Antwerpen
3 out of 5
De Pretstraat 11, Antwerp
Located in Amandus - Atheneum, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp Zoo and Cathedral of Our Lady. Antwerpen-Centraal Station is ...
3.1/5 (135 reviews)
"Never again"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2020

Condo Gardens Antwerpen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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