Antwerp sights & accommodations

Even though Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and home to more than 170 nationalities, it is a pleasant city, which you can easily explore on foot or by bike. Many of the accommodations are located in the city’s bustling centre. Meaning you can head into the city immediately after the meeting, where they can enjoy the amazing culinary offering, indulge in some shopping, visit museums, or sample a Belgian beer in one of the many local cafés and bars. Explore all the options.


All programmes of the congress, with exception of the fieldtrips and the International Mechani­sation and Demonstration Strawberry Fair, will take place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp, next to the Central Station. FMCCA goes beyond space. A venue with a legacy of connection, nature conservation and sustainability.


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about the city of diamonds


Rubens' house

The brilliant and versatile artist Rubens lived in this palazzo with his family. Here he also painted with his colleagues and assistants. He created many of his paintings in this house, in the centre of Antwerp. The museum has an interesting collection but also shows visitors how the master lived and worked.



Shopping Antwerp

Antwerp is like fashion heaven for fashion lovers. The city’s endless shopping streets are lined with famous fashion houses, ground-breaking concept stores and everything in between. Whatever your style, you’ll always find what you’re looking for in Antwerp.


Most beautiful sights in Antwerp

DIVA Museum for Diamonds, Jewellery and Silver is a museum that opened in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2018. It merged the collections of the former Antwerp Diamond Museum and Sterckshof silver museum in a single institution.
Diamond museum
The Stadsfeestzaal is a neoclassical building from 1908, built according to the plans of city architect Alexis Van Mechelen at the request of the city council. It is located on the Meir, the main shopping street in the city of Antwerp. Another entrance is located on the Hopland. Along the Meir there were always stores and apartments. Through a gateway one had access to the party hall located at the back. The ballroom has a rather unique for that time metal construction as a span.
Fashion in Antwerp
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Antwerp is a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with history dating to the Middle Ages. In its center, the centuries-old Diamond District houses thousands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers. Antwerp’s Flemish Renaissance architecture is typified by the Grote Markt, a central square in the old town. At the 17th-century Rubens House, period rooms display works by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.
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The Grote Markt of Antwerp is a town square situated in the heart of the old city quarter. It is filled with an extravagant city hall, numerous elaborate 16th century guildhalls, many restaurants and cafés. Lying within walking distance of the Scheldt river, it hosts a Christmas market and ice rink in winter.
The grand market square
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The cathedral of our lady

When people say that Antwerp’s Cathedral is stunning, they are not exaggerating. It really is one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture.In addition to being a historical monument, this Cathedral, however, is first and foremost the House of God and an abode of the people.



The Antwerp zoo

Antwerp Zoo is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843.



We have prioritised central Antwerp hotels with attractive room rates in various price ranges. Staying at one of our official hotels also makes it easier for you to meet up with your colleagues.

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Explore historic Belgium from the elegant Hilton Antwerp hotel. Set on Groenplaats, in the heart of the city, the hotel has Antwerp attractions like the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp Zoo and the National Maritime Museum on the doorstep.

Welcome to a modern 36m²/387sq.ft room with wireless internet. The bright and airy room, in cool, calm tones, has opening windows. Get to work at the desk, take time off to watch the 25-inch TV or re-energize in the marble bathroom.
Hilton Antwerp old town
The Ibis Antwerpen Centrum hotel is located in the historical, cultural and commercial centre of Antwerp. The hotel offers 150 modern, completely renovated and air-conditioned rooms with Wi-Fi. After a day of shopping or work, head to the bar for some well-deserved relaxation. With its contemporary design, this hotel is the ideal place to stay in Antwerp for work or leisure. The Meir, the main shopping street, and the Rubens museum are just two minutes' walk away.
Ibis hotel
This hotel lies in the heart of the Diamond Area, right across Antwerp Central Station and the Zoo. It features accommodation with free high-speed WiFi and a Health Club including an indoor pool. A shuttle bus to and from Brussels Airport stops right in front of the hotel.

The Radisson BLU Astrid Antwerp offers tasteful guestrooms. They come equipped with flat-screen TVs with cable and pay-TV channels.
Radisson Blu Astrid
With its central location in the historic centre of Antwerp, the Theatre Hotel is situated in a quiet environment in the immediate vicinity of the beautiful Bourla theatre and the greatest attraction being the world-famous Rubens house, in between a variety of designer shops, cafés and bistros.

The 127 elegant and spacious rooms all have mini-bar, colour television, pay TV, trouser press, coffee & tea making facilities and digital safe. You also have access to wireless internet-wifi.
Theater Hotel
The hotel is ideally located within 10min. of the historical city centre, 2min. from the Flemish Opera and 5min. from the famous Meir and the shopping area. You are also close to the magnificent Central Station with a Thalys connection and the Antwerp Zoo. The hotel offers a luxurious breakfast buffet, a cosy bar with Grands Vins Mercure, 24/7 room service, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Our spacious non-smoking rooms have a safe, free mini bar, flat screen TV and coffee/tea making facilities.
Mercure Antwerp