Flanders, Belgium’s northern region, is located in the heart of Europe. It’s known for its chocolate, fries and beer, and has been praised worldwide for its impressive heritage and the progressive craftsmanship of its master painters and their descendants.
Flanders may be modest in size, but that’s exactly why it’s wonderful to discover by bicycle, for example. Discover the gems of heritage in their green, natural regions. Flanders is also perfect for exploring cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Mechelen. A multitude of arts, heritage, gastronomy and other highlights at just a stone’s throw from each other.
The 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC23) will take place at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp, Flanders.
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA) is conveniently located in the heart of the city, in the award winning 19th Century Antwerp ZOO (the Garden of Life). Only a ten minutes’ walk from the historic city centre. The venue combines history and modern technology and amenities and can accommodate up to 2,700 participants, with over 25,000 m2 of meeting rooms. The Flanders Meeting and Convention Center Antwerp offers experiences second to none.
Things To Do
The grand square or in Flemish “Grote Markt” of Antwerpen is the heart of the historical city centre. The main focus is the City Hall with its 28 flags for every nation in the European Union.
The Cathedral of our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Kathedraal)
The beautiful medieval Gothic cathedral contains a significant amount of Baroque paintings by local painter Peter-Paul-Rubens, as well as other artists. Walk around the Cathedral to find the statue of a child sleeping next to his dog and discover the sad story of Nello and Patrasche.
Antwerp Train Station
Even when you’re not traveling by train, the impressive architecture of the main entrance hall is an absolute must-see when visiting Antwerp.
MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)
Short for “Museum aan de Stroom”, this is Belgians largest museum. Besides being free for entry, you can take the escalators up to the viewing platform on the roof which offers a great view over the city.
Pieter-Paul-Rubens was Belgians most important Baroque painter. You can find his works in the Cathedral mentioned above, his statue on the “Groenplaats” and his former house is also a museum worth visiting.
The Zoo of Antwerp is not only the oldest zoo in Belgium, but also one of the oldest zoo’s in the world. It is located right next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station and opened every day, all year long from 10h00 untill 18h00.
More info: https://www.zooantwerpen.be/en/
Red Star Line museum
From 1873 to 1935, Antwerp was the port to a better life for over 2 million people. The Red Star Line was a shipping company sailing from Antwerp to New York. The Red Star Line museum tells the story of those people who left for a better life in the United States.
More info: https://redstarline.be/en
Antwerp has accommodation options to suit every taste and budget, with hotels at different star ratings, B&B’s and other accommodation options like hostels. The city currently has rooms in the centre of Antwerp with most being within an easy walking distance of the venue and train station, making it very easy to meet up with other delegates, going out for a meal or arranging brief meetings.
We recommend that you book your accommodation early to ensure availability at a hotel within easy reach of the conference venue. We are currently in contact with all hotels regarding the conference and have added booking links to the Hotel Accommodation Page.
How to Get to Antwerp
You can travel to Antwerp by air, train, bus and car.
Brussels Airport (Zaventem Airport)
Brussels Airport is the most frequently used gateway to Antwerp. From Brussels Airport you can travel to Antwerp:
- By train
The direct train to Antwerp takes approximately 37 minutes and runs twice an hour. Time schedules and fares are available on the Belgian Railways website.
- By bus
Travel in 45 minutes from Brussels Airport Zaventem to Antwerp with Airport Express.
There are two stops in Antwerp:
- Franklin Rooseveltplaats (Platform B5 – on the side of the opera house and 400 metres from the Grand Central Station).
- Crowne Plaza Hotel (Gerard le Grellelaan 10, Antwerp)
- By taxi
Brussels South Charleroi Airport
If you fly with Ryanair, you will probably arrive at Brussels South Charlerloi Airport. From Brussels South Charleroi Airport you can travel to Antwerp by train: first take a bus to the Charleroi train station. To travel to Antwerp, check the time schedules and fares that are available on the Belgian Railways website.
Antwerp Airport – Deurne
Antwerp Airport is a small international airport situated in Deurne (about 6 km from the center of Antwerp). Antwerp Airport offers regular flights between Antwerp and several European cities.
- Bus routes 51, 52 and 53 from De Lijn provide a regular connection with the railway station Antwerpen-Berchem from where national and international train connections will bring you to your destination.
- Take tram 9 at Antwerpen-Berchem to go to the city centre.
- For more info on destinations and flight schedules, visit the Antwerp Airport website.
Antwerp is easy to reach by train. There are two main stations:
- Antwerp-Central Station (15 minutes walk or 5 minutes by taxi to reach Stadscampus)
- Antwerp-Berchem Station (to reach Campus Middelheim, Campus Groenenborger and Campus Drie Eiken).
Read more on Eurolines for destinations, timetables and prices.
Read more on Flixbus for destinations, timetables and prices.
- De Lijn
Within the province and the city of Antwerp transport is organised by the public transport company De Lijn. Buses leave to all parts of the city from Antwerp Central Station. From the bus station Rooseveltplaats which is close to the Central Station. There are direct bus links to various other towns and cities.
Read more on De Lijn for information about trams and buses.
Antwerp lies at the crossroads of the E17, E19, E34, and E313 motorways.
Please consult Smart ways to Antwerp to plan your trip.
- Low emission zones
As of 1 February 2017, Antwerp’s city centre (where the Stadscampus is situated) and part of Linkeroever on the left bank are low emission zones. The most polluting cars are no longer welcome in the city. Check your car
Getting around Antwerp
In Antwerp, there are various ways to get around the city.
Antwerp is a good city for pedestrians, its major sightseeing attractions easily reached from one major street, which changes its name as it goes along. Going by tram is the best way to get around the city. The most useful trams for tourists are lines 2 and 15 that run between Groenplaats, near the cathedral, and Centraal Station. Public transportation information is available from a kiosk inside Centraal Station.
For information for accessibility for people with disabilities, click here.