Aquatopia is situated accross the square from the Zoo and you can see the sign on the corner of the Radisson blu hotel .
The entrance fees are not that high and you can recieve many discounts if you posess a student card or a disabilty badge or are a senior citizen we paid E45 for 5 of us.
You do not need a guide or a map to follow as everything is set out to lead you around in one direction, having said this there is a free leaflet available so that you can know what you are seeing as you go around but everything is clearly and informatively labelled as well.
The whole place is set out so that you can see the fish and sea creatures from all angles, you can crawl under where the rays are and step into coves where there are moray eels and of course you can walk all around and under the sharks, you must look all around you at all times or you will miss something clever that the decorators have done...look up too! .
On the top level where some of the reptiles and spiders are you can watch a talk from a guide who will show you and let you touch certain of the safer snakes and spiders if you like, the times for these shows is shown in the reception area and if you are with a large group you can ring ahead and book your own show.
You can dine in the attached restaurant and even see the sharks from there too, this restaurant is snack/fast food only so dont expect too much.
There are several steps and some escalators but there are provisions made for disabled visitors also
There is a small souvenier shop at the end but be warned things cost much more than you think!
This is a very nice and informative passtime and we spent almost 2 hours here.
This brand new complex has 35 aquariums featuring a fascinating collection of exotic fish and animals in their natural biotope. Sharks, piranhas, stingrays and octopuses. The fish and other sea creatures will take you on a marvellous voyage through a tropical rain forest, along rivers, underwater caves and coral reefs, to the depths of the ocean.
A real treat for adults and children, the aquarium enables everyone to learn more about the fascinating underwater world in a relaxed manner. The educational programmes, interactive features and multimedia applications will teach you all about the wonders of the water world. A visit is informative and will make you aware of the protection that water and its 'inhabitants' need these days.
Tip: for nature lovers who feel like meeting more animals after their visit to Aquatopia, a combination ticket gives access to the Zoo.
Mon. -Sun.: 10.00 - 18.00
(Last access at 17.00)
Closed on 25 December
weekdays: adult: 11,45 Euro
age: 4-12: 8 Euro
until age 3: free
weekends and public holidays: adult 12,45 Euro
age 4-12: 9 Euro
until age 3: free
Compare to aquaria in other countries, this one is a bit small, but it's nice to go there if you've got the time. It's a good opportunity for taking pictures of all kind of fish.
But if you go there is the use of earplugs maybe a good idea, because of lots of screaming kids: aarrrrrggghhh!!!
AQUATOPIA has opened his doors october 2003.
In a part of the Astrid park plaza hotel an
aquarium complex has been constructed.
You know what it's like? Beautiful fish in al
colors you can imagine. Some special
decorations...And of course the sharks
always look bigger on the poster and the
tunnel is ridiculous. But quit a nice and
A bit expensive if you ask me...
We were round in less then 2 houres and
we are quit interested.
(a good alternative is the zoo , but soon there
will be combitickets available)
(it is forbidden to take pictures with flash)
Aquatopia is open every day from 10 - 18 h.
Last visitors are allowed at 17.00h.
All visitors to Aquatopia are entitled to the special price of EUR 1.00 per hour (usually EUR 1.20 per hour), which corresponds to the price of a parking meter.
Indoor parking can also be easily found in the area around Astrid square..
Beside Astrid Park Plaza Hotel, this aquarium is situated. There are verities of fish are on display in the fish tanks. All you can have for as little as Euro 9.50. They also provide guided tour, you need to book it in advance, but do you really need that guided tour unless you are a fish lover. For me it was enough as it was all written about the kind of fish on each fish tank.
Across from Grand Central Station, on Queen Astrid Square, a new attraction has found its home in Antwerp. Aquatopia will lead you into the world of waters and their inhabitants. On a tour through a collection of beautifully decorated halls you will be lead from the tropical jungles to the ocean floor. A variety of beautifuly coloured tropical fish has been gathered to serve as a feast for the eye. Several interactive spaces add to the joy of the visit Current prices : adults 9,45 Euro / children (till12) 6,45 Euro. Family (2 parents + 2 kids -12 ): 25,95 Euro. Family (2 parents + 3 kids - 12): 30,95 Euro. reduction for zoo members is now available as are combi tickets Zoo-Aquatopia (ad: 20 Euro, -12's:13,50 Euro) Opening hours: daily from 10AM - 6PM, except Xmas day (last visitors admitted 5PM) (more photos to be found here)
At "Aquatopia" the story of the ocean is told in a journey through different environments where fish and other marines animals can be observed in their natural habitats.
Aquatopia is located in the heart of Antwerp (Asstridplein, Plaza hotel) near the central station.
For more information visit their site
Their terrifying set of teeth turns this species into fearsome predators. In reality, they are far less dangerous than their reputation makes us believe.
What the beauty of underwater world brought to us here, has a direct impact on civilization. This is because, man often constitutes danger to the conservation of some species.