Deurne (Antwerp Airport), Brussels (National Airport), Ostend, Charleroi, Amsterdam (NL), Rotterdam (NL), Dusseldorf (D), Cologne (D), Paris (F), Lille (F), London (UK), are all reachable in between 15 minutes and three hours of travel (by car, train, etc…)
The Eurostar and Thalys trains linking the city to London (UK), Paris (F) and Amsterdam (NL) make several stops a day at the Antwerp train station (in the city centre).
Rubens, one of the best known artists in the world, lived in Antwerp for a long time. His extraordinary work can be found in several museums and authentic buildings, e.g. Cathedral of our Lady.
The old city of Antwerp was established in the 16th century and the main square with the town hall and the lovely ancient mansions is most probably one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
Antwerp still remains the capital centre for the world diamond trade. More than 85 % of the worlds’ rough diamonds are passing through our City.
More than 1.500 diamond companies in wholesale and retail are based in Antwerp. This makes it the world n° 1 hotspot for jewellery and diamonds.
In the last decade, Antwerp has joined the ranks of leading world cities of fashion, alongside New York, Milan, London and Paris.
Besides shops of famous Belgian designers such as Bikkembergs, Van Noten, Van Beirendonck and many others, you will find many international designers: Yamamoto, etc..
Shopping is one of the main reasons why so many foreign visitors visit Antwerp. Seven shopping areas are located within walking distance and provide shops for everyone’s taste and wallet.
Antwerp is the second largest port of Europe (after Rotterdam). With the river Schelde it has one of the most beautiful riversides in Europe.
Antwerp has attracted visitors from around the world for many centuries. Its gastronomy, hospitality and nightlife are renowned.
In the past decade, Antwerp has grown into one of the most open-minded and best known cities in Europe and worldwide for LGBT travelers and residents.
With numerous LGBT bars, discotheques, restaurants, etc… Antwerp offers a wide choice for the LGTB community.
With international LGBT events such as NaviGAYtion, the EuroGames, the Antwerp Pride Weekend, the IGLTA Convention, it has stepped forward as the LGBT destination in the 21st century.
Even though the Antwerp nightlife continues until the early hours, those in need of rest are most welcome: the city of Antwerp counts about 4500 hotel rooms ranging from 1* to 5* accommodation. In combination with these, there are 2 camping sites, 4 youth hostels and about 100 B&B’s.
The WOGA 2013 team will secure hundreds of beds in the framework of hosted housing, giving participants and visitors the chance to experience local life ‘from within’.
Extra sleeping accommodation on the waves will be a practical addition: cruise ships can supply extra beds along the river bank, right in the historical heart of town.
The province of Antwerp has a total of 9950 rooms in all different categories. This means an overall capacity for 32.778 visitors in the City and Province of Antwerp.
As Brussels, Ghent and Hasselt are very close by, these cities’ rooms in the different categories can be added if necessary.
Antwerp is known for its innovation in all aspects. From fashion to diamonds, from harbour to gastronomy.
After the elections (2006), the new city council declared its dedication to the LGBT community. Governance article 322 states “Antwerp will do its utmost to attract the international LGBTQ community".
The City of Antwerp is well-known for its preventive and alert safety measures in the context of international events. The chief officer of the Antwerp Police Force is openly gay (he was a speaker at the 2008 IGLTA Convention in Las Vegas). The police fully understands the ins and outs of the security policy required for the World Outgames and will instruct the whole police force to make sure that the Antwerp World Outgames will be held in a safe and secure setting.
Add to that the "Diversity" network the Antwerp Police has, with LGBT experts, and you can be sure this network will be present during the main events of the worldOutgames.