Antwerp is the second largest
city in Belgium, and one of the largest container
shipping harbours in the world. It is the city of
famous painters such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens,
a world diamond centre and a city of fashion designers.
The old city centre contains many historic monuments
and museums. Antwerp Cathedral is declared World
Heritage by UNESCO, and its refined sculptured tower
is regarded as one of the absolute highlight in
Near the cathedral you will find the central square
Grote Markt, which is surrounded by
exquisite buildings and the Renaissance city hall,
also World Culture Heritage.
Throughout the city, you will discover many other
historic buildings, such as Rubens’ Italian
renaissance villa inspired home, St. Paul’s
church with its unique collection of Rubens an Jordaens
paintings, the Carolus-Borromeus church with its
exquisite woodcarvings, the medieval castle Het
Steen and its naval ships museum, or the
gigantic 19th century Central Station.
When you’re tired of walking, have a rest
with a view on the river Schelde, or have a local
beer in Victor Horta’s magnificent Art Déco
building or in the richly decorated foyers of the
Bourla theatre and the Stadsfeestzaal.
Next, you will be ready for a walk through the 16th
century narrow street Vlaaikensgang,
while building up an appetite for one of Antwerps
countless gourmet restaurants.
Near the harbor, the brand new and modern museum MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) opened its doors in 2011. At the edge of the city centre you will find the
Museum of Fine arts, a huge Greek temple style building
which houses a unique collection of paintings.
The conference venue is situated right in the city center, and is easily reached by public transportation. Don't forget to enjoy this unique city.
Welcome to Antwerp!