At the corner of our street you can catch the hop on/hop off sightseeing bus tour of Antwerp.
Many of our guests find they are a fantastic way to explore and experience the history and culture of Antwerp. The bus tour passes all of the main places to see in Antwerp and I always recommend it to first time visitors as a convenient and informative way to get your bearings. Tickets are valid for 24 hours so I’d suggest starting off by taking the full tour and then use the bus to travel between each the sights you want to see.
The route takes you through all of Antwerp’s most interesting areas and stops are located at:
- Central Train Station
- The Park (end of our Street)
- Royal Museum of Fine Arts
The tour operates daily from 10:30 until 16:30 (finishing at 15:30 1st November – 31st March), officially it starts just outside Central Station but you’re welcome to join at any point, just buy your ticket from the driver (€11). Commentary is available in 8 languages including: Dutch, Spanish, French and English. The full tour typically takes just over an hour to complete. On the lower deck of the bus there is a designated space for wheelchairs and buggies/prams can be wheeled on (subject to space).
On a fine day there is no better way to view our city than from an open-top bus!
We are only a few weeks from the official opening of the new Museum Plantin-Moretus honouring pioneering printers Christoffel Plantijn and Jan Moretus and celebrating Antwerps dynamic cultural heritage.
The complex includes the printer former residence, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and striking new development including a 60 metre tower.
The company was originally founded in the 16th by Plantijn and was passed onto his son in law Jan Moretus. It remained in the Moretus family until 1876 when Edward Moretus sold it to the city of Antwerp. The museum contains incredible collections to typographical materials including and an amazing library.
Highlights of the collection include
- The two oldest surviving printing presses in the world
- Biblia Polyglotta – a Bible in 5 languages dating to late 16th century
- Highly significant works from the Enlightenment including works by humanist Justus Lipsius, mathematician Simon Stevin and biologist Andreas Vesalius
- 36 line Gutenberg Bible
- Paintings and drawings by Peter Paul Rubens
The original house is one of the most beautiful in Antwerp with richly decorated interiors and impressive library. Outside the courtyards and gardens create an idyllic space to contemplate and escape from modern life for a moment. Juxtaposed is the modern tower which stands as a beacon to the diversity and culture the port has bought to Antwerp.
The Museum Plantin-Moretus is situated in the Eilandje district, about 1.8km walk from the Astoria Hotel and near other Antwerp attractions including Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) and MoMu. The museum officially opens on 17th May and we look forward to bringing you a full report!