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Antwerp, Belgium

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Antwerp Experiences

Antwerp, city of Rubens and fashion mecca

Antwerp, a busy pocket-sized metropolis, has something for everyone. The city is an inspiring source of culture thanks to its impressive architecture and magnificent museums and churches. Fashionistas can explore the stores of Antwerp's designers, whose stylish creations are revered all over the world. And foodies and people with a passion for life in general will enjoy the warm welcome of Antwerp's cafés and restaurants. A visit to Antwerp should definitely include the new museum MAS, the world famous Cathedral of Our Lady and Rubens House, the home of Antwerp's most famous ambassador.

The MAS - Museum Aan de Stroom

Museum aan de Stroom
Hanzestedenplaats 1
2000 Antwerpen
tel. +32/3 338 44 00
e-mail mas@stad.antwerpen.be
www.mas.be

Opening Times:
Monday – closed
Tuesday - Friday: 10h00 – 17h00
Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00 (April – October)
10h00 – 17h00 (November – March)
Last Thursday evening of the month: 17h00 – 21h00

Admission chargesPermanent exhibition*Permanent temporary exhibition**
Individuals€ 5€ 10
Senior citizens (65+)
Groups of 12 people or more
€ 3€ 8
Ages 12 up to and including 25€ 3€ 8
Under 12s – Free

The MAS 'a bridge' between port and city. Standing sixty metres high, the MAS affords a breathtaking 360° view of the city, the river and the port. The focus of the story is the long history of trade and cultural exchange between the city and the world. The MAS tells new stories based on evidence of that mutual exchange. Stories about the city, the river and the port. About the world in all its diversity. About Antwerp's age-old links with the world. This combination is what makes the MAS unique: it is 'Antwerpian' and it is global.

The Cathedral of our Lady

Handschoenmarkt
Tel: +32 (0)3 213 99 51
info@dekathedraal.be
www.dekathedraal.be/

Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 15.00
Sunday: 13.00 – 16.00

Closed for tourist visits during religious services.
Average time for a visit: + 45 minutes

Admission charges:
Adults: 5 euro
-12 years: free

It took 169 years (1352-1521) of labour to raise the 123m heavenward-reaching steeple of the Cathedral, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens' 'Elevation of the Cross' and his 'Descent from the Cross'. Any visit to Antwerp starts with a visit of the Cathedral of Our Lady.

The Rubens House

Wapper 9-11
2000 Antwerpen
tel +32/3 201 15 55
info.rubenshuis@stad.antwerpen.be
www.rubenshuis.be

Opening Times:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 - 5:00
Closed Mondays

Admission charge:
Visitors between 26 and 65: € 8
Visitors between 12 and 25, +65: € 6
Under 12 + last Wednesday of every month: free

Peter Paul Rubens and Antwerp. The master and his city. The two go hand in hand, and after more than 400 years, the presence of this world famous painter can still be felt in many places around the city.

Thousands of visitors come to this city on the Scheldt just because of him. In the lively city centre, you can see a number of Rubens' most celebrated works, with some of them still in the original location he intended when he created them!

Rubens lived almost his entire life in Antwerp and made an active contribution to an extended cultural blossoming of the city. Nowhere else can one experience Rubens so profoundly as in his hometown, the city where he is also buried.

Fashion Museum MoMu

Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen
Tel.: +32/3-470 27 70
Fax: +32/3- 470 27 71
www.momu.be

Opening Times:
tuesday-sunday: 10am - 6pm
Every first Thursday of the month: open till 9pm

Admission charges:
individual visitors: €8 p.p.
60+, 12+ till 25 y: €6 p.p.
children -12: free admission

MoMu presents its clothing and textile collection to the public in accordance with a varied and dynamic exhibition policy that focuses not only on the actual pieces, but also on the underlying production processes.

MoMu organises two large thematic exhibitions per year, with a side programme consisting of workshops, tours, lectures and debates.

Diamond bus

The Antwerp Diamond bus is the ideal way to explore Antwerp without effort.

You get on and off at any of our stops an unlimited number of times for 24 hours after first use.

Rate: Adults: €13, Students/65+: €11.50, Children: €6.50
Daily from April-November – several stops (Groenplaats – Central Station )

Aquatopia

Koningin Astridplein 7, 2018 Antwerpen
Tel.: +32/3-205 07 47
Fax: +32/3-205 07 51
www.aquatopia.be

Opening Times:
every day from 10 - 18 h
closed: 25/12

Admission charges:
Adult: 14,95 €
Child: 10 €

Aquatopia is Europe's unique underwater experience. It immerses the visitor in the wealth of the underwater world and offers a fascinating discovery journey of what mother earth keeps secret in her seas, oceans, lakes and rivers. Sail along with a submarine, climb among mangrove roots, let yourself be ravished by the most colourful reefs and go looking for the most exotic fishes and frogs in the rainforest.

Aquatopia Antwerp Belgium Image

Aquatopia opened September 2003. In Spring 2005 they renovated and made it more child friendly. Re-opened end June 2005.

High-tech aquariums (approx. 40) with more than 250 different sorts of fish.

Picture credit: jpockele

Restaurant Brasserie Appelmans

Papenstraatje 1, 2000 Antwerpen
Tel.: +32/3- 226 20 22
Fax: +32/3- 234 27 22
www.brasserieappelmans.be

Located in a 19th century building next to the Cathedral of Our Lady this trendy restaurant serves a Belgian cuisine with an Asian touch.

Average price for a main dish: €15

Restaurant Rooden Hoed

Oude Koornmarkt 25, 2000 Antwerpen
Tel.: +32/3-233 28 44
Fax: +32/3-232 82 34
email: info@roodenhoed.be
www.roodenhoed.be

Antwerp's oldest restaurant built in 1750 near the cathedral of Our Lady.

Stylish romantic restaurant that serves a typical Belgian cuisine with daily fresh ingredients.

Average price for a main dish: €22

In Fine

Grote Markt 19, 2000 Antwerp
Tel.: +32/3-288 53 88
Mobile: +32/495 40 22 33
email : ivo@parfums-infine.be
www.parfumeur.be

Free entrance

Perfume shop with personal advice – you are not obliged to buy – more or less a workshop introducing visitors into the world of perfume. Discover at In Fine the eau de parfum that fits you like a glove and experience the magic of wearing the fight fragrance.

Introduction – out of 49 perfumes visitors choose their favourite fragrance – each perfume tells you about your character/personality. Another way of getting to know your partner!

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