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At Visit Mechelen, we make sure that you won’t miss a thing while you explore our Burgundian city. You can walk through Mechelen on your own or with a group, with a guide or follow the app. The Sense-ations booklet offers good discounts and suggests plenty of fun places for a tasty treat. Pop into our office in Hallestraat to discover what’s on offer and kick off your Burgundian experience.
Out and about
in the city
"We regularly take a city trip on the weekend. And we always enjoy a nice culinary surprise. Thanks to the Sense-ations booklet we got to taste all kinds of Mechelen specialities. It’s such fun and what’s more, you get to meet the locals too. We also used the discount voucher for a visit to the lovely Winter Garden, which was a nice bonus"
The taste of Mechelen
Museum Hof van Busleyden
Mechelen, then and now
in each and everyone of us
Are you a real epicurean? Then embrace your inner Burgundian in Mechelen. The Burgundian era was an exciting time for Mechelen as the Burgundian capital of the Low Countries. Prominent figures such as Margaret of Austria and Emperor Charles V lived here for many years, leaving their mark on the city. Philosophy, culinary and visual arts, music, science, and architecture developed at a rapid pace. You can still feel this wind of change in Mechelen today. Here regional products are produced and sampled with expertise. The city’s artisans and craftsmen perpetuate a centuries-long tradition. And you can immerse yourself in the city’s amazing Burgundian past in the Museum Hof van Busleyden.
Belgians are the original epicureans. We love to eat and Mechelen is the place to be if you enjoy good food and a delicious beer. Here artisans and craftsmen produce unique regional products, including traditional cheese and real Mechelen beer. Consider visiting the Vleeshalle, where you can really get a good taste of Mechelen. Talk to the local traders who are experts at what they do and who will tell you all about their products.
The taste of
Walk over to the Large Beguinage and pop in to Het Anker, the city brewery next door. Once you taste their internationally-acclaimed Gouden Carolus beer, you’ll immediately understand why it won so many awards. Het Anker is one of Belgium’s oldest breweries. Even Emperor Charles was a fan of “Mechelsen Bruynen” or Mechelen ales. Don’t forget to order the brewery’s Gouden Carolus Single Malt whiskey, which they distil onsite after your visit.
Het Anker brewery
Re-experience the Burgundian Netherlands in the new Museum Hof van Busleyden. The stunning historic building is reopening soon and will take you on an interactive journey to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Experience the tumultuous lives of the Burgundian kings, the emerging innovative ideas, and the arts and crafts of this period. Discover how this important era in the city’s history continues to influence Mechelen even today in the museum’s contemporary project spaces.
Hof van Busleyden
You really should visit Koninklijke Manufactuur De Wit as it has the most extraordinary collection of tapestries. Artisans have been cleaning and repairing antique tapestries here for four generations. On Saturdays, they welcome visitors. A perfect opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes in the workshop, to admire antique and modern tapestries and even attend a weaving demo.
Manufactuur De Wit