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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.

Kazerne Dossin

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

Take a stroll along the Dijlepad to explore the water ways of Mechelen. Located within the centre of Mechelen, it’s easy to access and ideal to do at a leisurely pace to enjoy the sights and sounds.

St. Rumbold’s Cathedral

A 13th-century cathedral offers breath-taking offerings including the painting ‘Christ on the Cross’ and the showpiece high altar which dates from 1665. The attached St. Rumbold’s Tower offers 360-degree views of the city.

Grote markt

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.  


ZOO Planckendael

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

Organise a tour of the brewery which brews traditional Belgian beers and whisky made from beer. The site also includes a hotel and a brasserie with the beers available on tap any many dishes cooked using beer.

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