Culture, fashion, an old soul and a creative scene. The versatile city on the banks of the river Scheldt attracts more than four million residential tourists per year. And the numbers keep climbing.

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Antwerp is in the international spotlight. The Sinjoren city has made it onto lists of top destinations in influential travel blogs and travel guides across the globe.

Vacationing in your own country

Over the last decade, the number of tourists to spend at least one night in the Scheldt city had risen by 32.4 percent (figures 2019). Now that tourism is rebooting and vacationing in your own country is vigorously promoted, the city can once again capitalise on its assets.

Attractive entrepreneurial city

With an international port and its own airport, the metropolis is the focal point of major international trade flows.


The Eilandje: major tourist draw, few hotels. The growth potential is undeniable.

Eilandje, popular tourist draw

In just ten years’ time, the old port area has blossomed into the new place to be with popular draws such as the MAS, the Red Star Line Museum and the new Havenhuis. Old hangars have been given a new lease on life as creative pop-ups, cool clubs, hip coffee shops or trendy restaurants. The British online paper The Independent even tipped the Eilandje in Antwerp as one of the ten trendiest neighbourhoods in Europe.

Limited competition in the neighbourhood

The limited number of hotels nearby is not proportionate to the huge popularity of the quarter. Of the 96 hotels in the city of Antwerp just 5 are situated in the immediate vicinity of the Eilandje. Its central location vis-à-vis the international port of Antwerp also makes the quarter the ideal base of operations for a business clientele.

Attractive entrepreneurial city

Business guests are also discovering Antwerp’s potential as a commercial city. Foreign investors are fully committing to Antwerp as a business opportunity: in recent years Antwerp accounts for more than a quarter of all foreign investment projects in Belgium. In 2018 The Financial Times even included Antwerp in its prestigious ranking of most attractive entrepreneurial cities for the very first time.


  • Ranked number five in the list of best cities to visit (Rough Guide, 2017)
  • Only Belgian city in the top ten international cities (Lonely Planet, 2018)
  • Fifth best city in the world for hip millennials (Nestpick, 2017)

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