Antwerp will be the first city in the world to have this luxury “movable” floating swimming pool. An initiative by Antwerp’s Port Authority and private partners, the facility has 2 banqueting rooms, a restaurant, lounge terrace and of course a huge swimming pool.
The dock’s water quality is not good enough to swim in, so the idea was to make a floating pool that recreates the feeling of swimming inside the docks. In wintertime the pool will be used for ice skating!
This in an ecologically friendly project that keeps the water warm during the night using a retractable roof and a specially constructed green field, next to the pool (see picture), will take care of the purification without nasty chemicals.
Swimmers will have a nice view from the pool of the MAS museum and in 2013 also of the Red Star Line Museum.
This trendy bathing boat is 120 meters long with a capacity of up to 600 people and will be installed in August 2012. We truly hope to have minimum 25°C with some nice cocktails by then!
While Antwerp citizens are getting ready for a swim and go shopping for the most beautiful bikini we hope our tourists will like this initiative too!
The ZOO is a garden of life in the heart of Antwerp that exists already 168 years. With more than 1 million visitors per year it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Antwerp.
In the next 3 to 5 years a lot will change in the Zoo of Antwerp. Step by step different parts of the Zoo will get a face lift. The new lion arena is open since a few weeks already and was the first project to finish. Two weeks ago started the new enclosure for the seals. Later the Zebra’s will move closer to the giraffes and the apes will get a totally new residence to enjoy with an adjoining terrace next to the big cats.
This whole metamorphosis will take more than 10 years and will cost about 70 million Euro. Yes, the coming years you will see young animals seeing the first light and also how “the ZOO tomorrow” is born, a unique meeting place between humans and animals.
Antwerp Zoo is always changing and well worth a visit each time you’re in Antwerp, especially as its only 5 minutes walk from our Astoria Hotel (next to the Central Station)!
The Zoo is open daily until 6 PM (July- August until 7 PM) with Admission: € 22 per person (On Easter Monday 09/04/2012 the price is € 19) Kids up to 3 years old go free and between 3 and 17 years old the ticket costs € 17
As long as no lion escape from the Zoo to end up in our lobby we’ll be happy to send guests to the Zoo. After all they need to sell 3.181.818 tickets to pay the whole project!