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Mechelen (map) is a historically important city located in the center of Flanders. It lies about halfway between Antwerp and Brussels. From 1506 to 1530 it was the capital of the Netherlands under Margaret of Austria. In 1559 it became an archbishopric, a sign of great importance.

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Mechelen is one of Flanders’ prominent cities of historical art, with Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and Leuven. It was notably a centre for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance, when painters, printmakers, illuminators and composers of polyphony were attracted by patrons such as Margaret of York, Margaret of Austria and Hieronymus van Busleyden.

Mechelen Toy Museum (map) is a museum containing a unique collection of past and contemporary toys on a total surface of 7,000 m². The museum was founded in April 1982, and since 1998 it is a recognized museum.

*St. Rumbold’s Cathedral (Sint-Romboutskathedraal, map). The largest of the 8 churches in Mechelen, with a high tower. Notable works of art include the carved wood pulpit from 1723, painted triptychs dating to the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and an image of “Our Lady of Miracles” which has been in the cathedral since the early 16th century. The cathedral is part of a multi-site UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Palace of Margaret of York (map) when widowed of Charles the Bold, now the City Theatre; the oldest renaissance building north of the Alps, Palace of Margaret of Austria while as regent of the Netherlands still raising the later Charles Quint, then for centuries the Supreme though now a lower Court of Justice; in one of these palaces, Anne Boleyn was educated for some time as well.

Market Square (Grote Markt, map). The cathedral cutting across one end and the City Hall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) at the opposite end, with restaurants and cafes lining the sides between the two.

Palace of Margaret of Austria (Palais de Marguarette d’Autriche, map). An unassuming set of buildings on Keizerstraat that was effectively the seat of government during Mechelen’s time as capital of the Netherlands. Today it houses government offices, but the interior courtyard is worth a brief visit to admire the tranquil and well-organized gardens.

Palace of Busleyden (Hof van Busleyden, map). Hieronymus of Busleyden afforded himself this eponymous Court in a rich renaissance style, making it one of the most beautiful buildings in Mechelen.

St. Jean Church (Sint-Janskerk, map). One of the 8 historic churches in Mechelen, with a notable Reubens painting/triptych “Adoration of the Magi”. The painting of the crucifixion by Wauters is also very impressive.

Today it is a vibrant town, mixing trendy and traditional. The city center is about 15 minutes walk from the train station. Mechelen is a very compact city, so you can reach most places on foot.

If you’re around on a Saturday morning there’s an open market in the Grote Markt (map) and the Botermarkt (map). There are a lot of food stands (cheese, meat, seafood, produce, some prepared food) but also some others (basic clothing, shoes, linens).


#1 Visit Bruges

Bruges’ historic center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage, renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval architecture.

#2 Visit Ghent

Whether exploring its medieval landmarks, enjoying a boat ride on the river, or savoring the local cuisine, Ghent offers a unique experience.

#3 Ghent Festival

The Ghent Festival, also known as the Ghent Festivities (Gentse Feesten), is one of the largest cultural festivals in Europe.

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BUS: De Lijn operates bus and tram services throughout Flanders, while the Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (SRWT/Tec) operates services in Wallonia. Brussels has its own public transport company called STIB/MIVB, which operates buses, trams, and the metro within the city.

TRAIN: Belgiantrain.be – Use the official journey planner operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium to find train itineraries and prices. + ThalysSNCFEurostarDeutsche Bahn

AIRPORT: Brussels Airport, also known as Zaventem due to the town in which it is mainly located, is Belgium’s main airport. Brussels South Charleroi Airport, about 50 km (31 mi) south of Brussels, mostly serves low-cost carriers.

Visit Mechelen for Explorers.

Glad you found us! Can you already imagine yourself lounging on a sunny terrace, a refreshing Gouden Carolus beer in hand? What a great prospect, right? Because in Mechelen, we strongly believe in the philosophy of enjoyment. We aim to get you off the beaten path.

So take a stroll past the many trendy shops, restaurants and pubs. Explore our city by SUP or discover Mechelen’s beauty spots during a game of golf. And remember to end your visit in style! Once you have climbed the 538 steps of St. Rumboldt’s Tower, you can enjoy a stunning view with your head in the clouds.

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Apply for a visitor visa. Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Belgium.

Mobility Planner.

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Brussels Museums.

Brussels Museums (brusselsmuseums.be) is the non-profit association that brings together more than 120 museums in Brussels.

Smart Mobility Planner – door-to-door routeplanner for the whole country, covering all forms of public transport.

beertourism.com – web’s most comprehensive guide to Belgian beers and breweries written especially for beer aficionados.

Resto.be – restaurant search engine and reviews for all Belgium.

Benelux Travel Forum – Ask your travel questions.