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Fall in love with our charming and friendly city. Surprising, authentic.
That pretty much sums up Mechelen!
Mechelen is situated in the heart of Flanders, midway between Brussels and Antwerp. Whether you are travelling by train, car, or plane, you’ll find that getting to Mechelen is easy. What’s more, once you’re in the city, you’ll realise that you can easily walk from the centre to the beguinage or the green fringe in no time at all. We bet you’ll love Mechelen’s human scale!
IN THE BLINK
OF AN EYE
“This summer I visited Brussels for the first time. I had never heard of Mechelen until someone in my hostel told me I should visit it. It took just 20 minutes to get to Mechelen thanks to the excellent train service. I took a walk through the historic city centre, had a beer at Het Anker and climbed to the top of St. Rumbold’s Tower. And in the evening, I hopped on the train back to Brussels, feeling tired but happy. It was the perfect day trip although I would have liked to stay longer.”
Stroll from one sight to another attraction. All the city’s highlights are within walking distance of each other. Take your time to look around as you walk. Historic buildings and narrow streets will take you on a journey back in time. Get a taste of Mechelen in the city’s many quaint pubs and restaurants. You won’t feel rushed because the city centre is largely car-free. The people of Mechelen are always friendly and will gladly share their insights.
Immerse yourself in the city’s history and combine your visit with plenty of activities that will appeal to the entire family. Visit one of the largest toy museums in Europe, conduct experiments in Technopolis, take a walk with the penguins in Planckendael or explore some of Mechelen’s beauty spots during a children’s scavenger hunt. Then head over to one of the many child-friendly hotels and restaurants where you and your kids will be treated like royals and end your visit with a family portrait on top of St. Rumbold’s Tower!