Vibrant and beautiful
Mechelen is a city between Brussels and Antwerp in the Flemish-speaking northern Belgium. The vibrant town boasts beautiful, medieval buildings from a time when the city was renowned for its arts scene, attracting painters and musicians from all over Europe. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral, a 14th-century belfry and the two beguinages are not to be missed for their historical relevance.
Did you know…Mechelen was once the capital of the Netherlands and among the most important cities in north western Europe from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance.
Hof van Busleyden Museum
A majestic Renaissance palace in Mechelen, where you can follow in the footsteps of Hiëronymus van Busleyden and Margaret of Austria to delve into the history of the city, mastership and craftsmanship in the museums ever-changing collection.
Technopolis, the Flemish science centre
Visitors can carry our experiments themselves to discover the how and why of everyday technology and science. The museum explains and demystifies everyday and more complex items in an easy to understand manner.
A place of remembrance – this was a waiting room for death for more than 25,000 Jews and gypsies from Belgium and Northern France during the Second World War. The museum shows the story of the Holocaust in Belgium
Stroll along the Dijlepad
St. Rumbold’s Cathedral
An energetic weekly Saturday morning market is one of the best ways to soak up the city’s authentic culture. Take the time to taste local dishes, shop with the locals and purchase bargains.
Visit a range on animals while learning about environmental importance and conservation. Planckendael hosts exotic animals like rhinos, bison and various antelope species and located on the grounds of Planckendael Castle. The zoo offers a large playgorund, sandpit and areas for kids to play.
Het Anker Brewery
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