Happaert House - A hidden pearl in the heart of Antwerp
Happaertstraat 25, 2000 Antwerp, Anvers, Brussels, Belgium
For centuries the noble residence of mayors, knights, artists, professors and other dignitaries, Happaert House is now open to members of the public as well. Welcome to this stately home; a home full of history and character; a place where your family or your organisation may also one day write history. The story of Happaert House is riddled with famous names and personalities who have lived, worked, studied and invented here. And that grandeur is still clearly tangible today. When knight and mayor, Jan Happaert laid the first cornerstone in 1520, Antwerp could justifiably claim to be the centre of the world. The Happaerts ruled over the city, in fact, throughout the Golden Age. From this very house. And even when Princes of Orange took over power in Antwerp, the Happaerts remained loyal to their city and continued to supply members to the office of mayor up until 1684. During the turbulent 18th and 19th centuries, the house was extended by the Delft family. The noble Dutch family’s coat of arms can still be seen today, proudly hanging next to that of the Happaerts. Since then, the house has continued to offer inspiration to generations of notable residents, including its last inhabitant, Professor Couvreur. The latter chaired the commission which laid down a set of new spelling rules in Dutch in 1954 in the form of the famous “Green Book”. Today, Happeart House continues to be a place that inspires new ideas, refreshing insights and powerful decisions. We welcome our guests in this noble home which is rich in history in the heart of the Antwerp city. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere that is the House Happaert: a place where life is always fantastic! Whether it be in the spacious courtyard or one of the many beautifully appointed rooms by an open fireplace, there are several places where people can relax and sit quietly together. This luxurious, welcoming and stylish setting is ideally suited to virtually any form of meeting, event or holiday The House Happaert can easily accommodate groups up to 14 people either for a single day or an extended period. (Receptions up to 100 people) The House Happeart is located in the middle of the historical part of Antwerp. There are unlimited bars and restaurants to discover such as Sir Anthony Van Dijck, which is one of the most famous restaurants with Michelin stars. If you fancy art and culture, all the important museums and theatrehalls are within walking distance. Want to go shopping? No problem! One street away from the House Happaert starts the fashion street for youngsters but also the chic boutiques like Dries Van Noten. There are activities for the entire family! Transport will not be any problem while visiting The House Happaert because trams, trains, taxis and bicycles are to be found just around the corner.