LEZ - Low Emission Zone

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Discover in just a few clicks whether your vehicle may enter Antwerp’s Low Emission Zone as of the 1st of February 2017.

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Winter in Antwerp

Experience a winter holiday full of surprises in Antwerp this year. Get ready for loads of festive fun, because from 10 December to 8 January you’ll find all the ingredients for a memorable end-of-year celebration in the heart of the city. Discover the highlights of the winter programme in Antwerp here, and head straight for the most original winter holiday destination of all.

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Reopening of the renovated Museum Plantin-Moretus

The fully renovated Museum Plantin-Moretus will reopen on 30 September 2016. In addition to a new-build with a reading room and a depot, you can also explore the new permanent museum exhibit. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy an improved visitor experience and even more atmosphere. More than ever, you will be able to experience the amazing story of the visionary publisher Christopher Plantin and his in-law, the Moretus family.

Use all of your senses. Breathe in the scent of wood, leather, ink and wisdom. Take in the silence of the courtyard garden, hear the wood floors creak and listen to the hustle and bustle around the oldest printing presses in the world. Film interventions, soundscapes and a space where you can set to work yourself: the house and the family that lived in it, the Plantin-Moretuses will come to life even more than ever.

Christopher Plantin, a visionary publisher

After the reopening, you will be able to get to know the visionary publisher, Christopher Plantin, better on the ground floor of the museum. Plantin, a Frenchman who hailed from the region around Tours, moved to Antwerp around 1550. His printing house would go on to become a multinational, with branches in Leyden and Paris. Get to know Plantin the family man, the publisher, the CEO, the merchant and the printer of masterpieces.

Masterpieces on the first floor

On the first floor, the emphasis is on the printing house, with which Plantin and his descendants put Antwerp on the map. Discover the important role this Antwerp printing house played in the development of mankind through ten masterpieces that helped shape the world. It is easy to see why the museum was recognised as a UNESCO Memory of the World.

New museum depot and reading room

Christopher Plantin’s house was the first museum ever to be recognised as UNESCO World Heritage in 2005. As a result, an architecture competition was organised for the design of a new museum depot and a new reading room. NoAarchitecten designed the depot and the reading room.

A new façade

The designer of the new-build’s wooden façade, the artist Benoït Van Innis, was inspired by the old typecases in which the type was stored. At the same time, his design refers to the architectural style of the existing neo-Renaissance façades in Heilige Geeststraat.
Thanks to the new exhibit, you can regularly see new and different items from the museum’s magnificent collection. There is also more space for temporary exhibitions and the facilities for groups and schools will improved.

Briefly closed, only to reopen again

As of 4 April 2016, you can only visit the ground floor of Museum Plantin-Moretus as the museum is undergoing renovations. The entire museum will close on 30 May but will reopen again on 30 September. More than ever, you will be able to experience the amazing story of the visionary publisher Christopher Plantin and his in-law, the Moretus family.

Opening weekend

‘Who in God’s name is Plantin’ and the many references to the Plantin and Moretus families in the city are the leitmotiv for the opening campaign which is currently running in Antwerp. Kastaar, an Analogue Print Factory, regularly appears in the city with a mobile printing press.

On 30 September, the museum will be open again to the public. Radio station Klara provides a live broadcast from the museum between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. At 7.00 p.m., the doors open for an impressive opening weekend. The museum, Born in Antwerp and Flanders DC organise an opening party on and around the Vrijdagmarkt, one of Antwerp’s most creative squares.

Anyone can join in the festivities during the opening weekend. The museum is freely accessible all weekend:

  • On Friday 30 September from 7.00 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
  • On Saturday 1 October from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
  • On Sunday 2 October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Rent a bike at The Plaza Hotel

Enjoy Antwerp just as the locals do – get on a bike!

Bicycles can be hired at The Plaza Hotel reception:

12.00 € full day

6.00 € 3 hours

Ask our reception team or book via book@plaza.be

The Rubens House

Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work.

The Rubens House is still a very fine evocation of 17thcentury reality.

This artist’s home enables your visitors to discover Rubens’ multifaceted talent: the painter, architect and diplomat, the collector and scientist, the husband and father.