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 Gothic building.
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!