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Antwerp has plenty to offer this spring

Antwerp has plenty to offer this spring

Waking up to the enthusiastic chirping of birds? Biking around the city with the sun on your face? Taking in the lovely blossoms in the parks and drinks on a terrace after sunset? Yup, spring has officially sprung in Antwerp!

Thanks to the start of the Tour of Flanders and the opening of Comics Station, the Easter vacation is the perfect time to travel to Antwerp. But in the months of May and June Antwerp has also plenty of fun events to offer.

CYCLING IN ANTWERP

On the occasion of the start of the Tour of Flanders in Antwerp on 2 April, Antwerp tourism developed several new cycling products. The Easy-going cycling route shows you how to bike comfortably from one tourist hotspot to the next. The Urban Jungle cycling map is jam-packed with inspiration for “urban” bikers, pointing you to the nearest coffee bars, trendy bike stores, cobbled roads and plenty of Instagram-worthy spots.

A NEW LANDMARK IN ANTWERP

After the Law Courts, the MAS and the Port Authority, Antwerp salutes another architectural gem, the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp.

The new convention center’s slogan is “a room with a Zoo” and that is just what it delivers. The magnificent building is surrounded by nature, tropical creatures and a stunning garden. Its flagship is the new Elisabeth Hall of course, but the other meeting rooms are equally impressive.

M HKA, ANTWERP’S MODERN ART MUSEUM, HAS BEEN REFURBISHED

From 28 April in M HKA: a permanent collection with free admission. A new look & feel and a new reception. A collaboration with the leading interior designer Axel Vervoordt and the Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki. New exhibitions of works in the collection.

FASHION IN ANTWERP

Antwerp always has something special in store for fashion fans and this spring is no different. The new exhibition in the MoMu fashion museum pays tribute to the Hermès collection of the legendary designer Martin Margiela.

On 2 and 3 June, more than 4,000 fashion fans will gather in Parkloods for the annual SHOW2017 of the Fashion Department.

And on 3 June, the visitors can learn more about the story behind the Master collections during EXPO2017.

TIPS FOR THE EASTER VACATION

In Antwerp, spring kicks off with a bang. During the weekend of 1 and 2 April, the Tour of Flanders and Sunday shopping are the perfect excuse for a weekend break in Antwerp. Comics Station, a brand-new theme park about Belgian comic strip characters, will open on Sunday 9 April.

ANTWERPEN PROEFT
TASTE OF ANTWERP

Belgium’s annual culinary festival, Antwerpen Proeft, was first organized in 2007. This year, the festival will take place for the 11th time, during the Bank holiday weekend of 1 May.

Antwerpen Proeft will once again set up its tables along the River Scheldt, in the center of Antwerp, at Waagnatie. What can you expect? Outdoor and indoor stands, bars and terraces and plenty of tasty food prepared by some of the best chefs, of course!

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