The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Brussels
The Belgian capital is so much more than the capital of the EU, with its diverse array of architectural landmarks, art-filled museums and artsy vibe. Located right in the heart of the city, Hotel Amigo (a home away from home for the world’s great and good) offers its guests a world of experiences. We will help you venture out to the beautiful historical cities of Bruges, Ghent and Anvers; choose from a colourful array of stylish hats at the studio of Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne, and guide you to a host of unexpected artworks.
FLANDERS TOUR: BRUGES, GHENT, ANTWERP
Discover the beautiful historical cities of Bruges, Ghent and Anvers. Once a town swarming with merchants and traders, Bruges was a major trading centre in Medieval Europe as well as an art centre of the western world. The best way to explore this city, known as Venice of the North, is by taking a boat down its romantic canals, but you can also meander down the cobbled alleyways of the historical city centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The quaint city of Ghent is home to the famous masterpiece the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers, and Antwerp is not only the second-biggest port in Europe but has also been a centre of the diamond trade for centuries.
UNEXPECTED ARTWORKS IN THE EU CAPITAL
Art in the Belgian capital is a tale of the unexpected. The city has become so synonymous with the EU and NATO that it is easy to overlook the art on offer in this diverse city. Don’t miss the splendid portrait of John F. Kennedy on a piece of the Berlin Wall which now stands next to the headquarters of the European Commission. Likewise, make sure to seek out the smaller leading contemporary art galleries, such as Office Baroque, which is located in a stunning Art Nouveau former brewery and hosts established and emerging American and European artists.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG
To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg's death, Rudolf Hecke has launched a book on Gainsbourg’s life in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam in which he describes how ‘Gainsbarre’ considered the Hotel Amigo his Belgian home. Guests are invited to follow in Gainsbourg’s footsteps at the Hotel Amigo and on the streets of Brussels in a specially curated package inspired by the book. Stay in one of Gainsbourg’s favourite rooms, savour one of his favoured cocktails and take an exclusive tour guided by Hecke. This offer is subject to availability; please book at least three days before your arrival.
Enter the world of the Belgian milliner whose elegant creations have graced the heads of the likes of Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. Specialising in the design of hats, jewellery, handbags and other accessories, Fabienne Delvigne is the go-to designer for members of the Royal Families of Belgium, The Netherlands, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and Sweden, and has been awarded the official patent of Belgian Royal Warrant Holder. She collaborates with fashion houses like Giorgio Armani and Chanel, and has even made designs out of chocolate and crystal. But there’s plenty for everyday wear too, and you’re bound to find a hat or bag that matches your personality. As part of this delightful experience, guests will learn how to create a hat and will enjoy tea with Fabienne in her home/atelier.