Your Guide to a Summer Break in Antwerp

Antwerp's Grote Markt square with a cafe terrace

In the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp's renowned diamond know-how cannot be outshined - no pun intended- and its museums, fashion scene, colorful events and architecture offer a feast for the eyes as well. Antwerp truly is the perfect choice for a short summer break! Discover why below.

A Sense of Culture

The birthplace of Rubens, Antwerp is a region of art and culture and takes real pride in claiming this status. In addition to its prestigious Diamond Museum, located a stone's throw from the hotel, which has diverse collections, a laboratory, as well as a workshop for Antwerp diamond cutters, the most populous municipality in Belgium has numerous other museums. More of a history buff? Make your way to the Museum aan de Stroom for an exhibition of Antwerp's history.

Antwerp statue

Psst! The climb to the top is definitely worth for a stunning panoramic view of the city!

A Stride of Pride

Looking for some fun in the city this summer ? Take part in the pride festivities from in August. Each year Antwerp Pride commemorates and celebrates the long journey towards acceptance and equal opportunities that the LGBT+ community has made. Central piece of this event is the Pride Parade, which runs for the north of the city Sint Jansplein, along the Paardenmarkt to finally arrive at the famous Zuiderdokken. Enjoy two different stages at the Love and United event and the many more activities organized throughout the city the entire weekend.

Picture of a crowd of people holding and raising rainbow flags, symbol of the homosexual struggle, during a gay demonstration. The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Other older uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace.

Psst ! Looking for a cozy and comfortable bed to retreat to after a long day and night of partying? The Radisson Blu Astrid Antwerpen is offering a discount for pride weekend.  Simply book your stay and enter the promotional code "PRID19". 

Streets for Fashionistas

A few minutes' walk south, the Meir and its surrounding narrow streets will let you in on the secrets of seasoned fashionistas: the major retail brands Uniqlo, Primark, and Urban Outfitters rub shoulders with luxury brands such as Diesel, Hermès, and Ralph Lauren. What's more, Antwerp is known as the birthplace of many top designers, six to be precise. Learn more about the Antwerp Six and the best places to shop in Antwerp before you go!

Antwerp's Grote Markt

Taste of Antwerp

Shopping is tiring. When you need a break, whet your appetite with some Antwerpse handjes or "Antwerp hands" (a type of chocolate cookies in the shape of hands) and, during this gastronomic stroll, savor the aromas of Nome's kitchen. On a terrace bathed in summer light, chef Kristof Van Hove will transport you between France and Jacques Brel's Flemish homeland.

Antwerp's Grote Markt square with a cafe terrace

A Room with a View of the Central Station

As soon as you reach the entrance of the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, you'll be able to admire the magnificent work of the American designer Michael Grave (1934-2015) in some of our rooms, with a style that is instantly recognizable. If you're lucky, you might even stay in one of the rooms overlooking the sumptuous Antwerp Central train station (1905). Get your cameras ready, this place is pretty Instagrammable!

Antwerp station

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