In the Flemish region, Antwerp's renowned diamond know-how cannot be outshined - no pun intended- and its museums, fashion scene 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. Up until May 13th, visit the Musée d’Art Contemporain to see how innovator of forms and interpreter of moods Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven's works. More of a history buff? Make your way to the Museum aan de Stroom for an exhibition of Antwerp's history. Psst! The climb to the top is definitely worth for a stunning panoramic view of the city!
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!
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.
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!