Mechelen Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Askla
  • Things to Do
    by Askla
  • Things to Do
    by Askla

Mechelen Things to Do

  • Walk along the Dijlepad.

    A walk alongside the water in the heart of the city, on the floating part of the Dijlepad, gives another impression of the cityscape than the usual street views. Any kind of water in a city always lighten it up compared to the often cramped feeling one gets in modern city centres.The Dijlepad goes between Haverwerf and the Kruidtuin (Botanical...

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  • The Salmon House.

    The Salmon House got its name from the Fishmonger's Guild who had their guildhall in the house. Between 1530 - 36 they had the facade of the guildhall altered to early-renaissance style, one of the first examples of this style in the Southern Netherlands, that Mechelen then belonged to. The house is situated along Zoutwerf (number 6?) the southern...

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  • Three old beautiful houses.

    At the Haverwerf you will find three very beautiful and interesting houses. They are interesting because they are representative of the evolution of dwelling-houses in the 16th and 17th centuries. From left to right one see Baroque, timber and Gothic, the latter also with early-renaissance features. They are called, in the same order, St Joseph,...

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  • Former crane bridge.

    Turning one's back towards the old houses at Haverwerf you have a quite new bridge (1986) in front of you. The bridge isn't much to talk about, but the place could be interesting. It used to be the site of a wooden crane built in the 15th century. It was operated by "crane children" and used for onloading ships. It was demolished in 1887.

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  • St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

    Construction of St. Rumbold's Cathedral started shortly after 1200. The tower, financed by pilgrims, was erected between 1452 and 1520. It was meant to be 167 metres high but had to be finished on a lower level due to financial problems. In the tower theer are now two sets of carillons with 49 bells each. The bells, (which are all original) have...

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  • The City Hall.

    On the eastern end of the Market Square stands the magnificent City Hall. It consists of two parts: the cloth hall with an unfinished belfry and the Palace of the Great Council. The belfry remained unfinished from the 14th until the 16th c. when a roof, that was intended to be temporary, was provided. The reason to the halt of the building works...

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Mechelen Hotels

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  • Martin's Patershof

    Karmelietenstraat 4, Mechelen, 2800, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Novotel Mechelen Centrum

    3 star hotel offering 122 rooms. The hotel is located downtown, a few minutes away from the major...

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  • Hotel Ve

    Vismarkt 14, Mechelen, Antwerpen, 2800, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Mechelen Restaurants

  • Perfect Location For A Riverside Lunch

    I'd fancied a light lunch. The sun was shining, and because there was still a cool chill to the early-June breeze the relatively sheltered nook of De Akker, on the buzzy Vismarkt square, was my chosen spot. I grabbed a recently-vacated riverside table and got the benefits of both sun and wind-shelter - perfect!The menu has a bit of something for...

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  • Specialists in game

    My friend and I had dinner here on our free evening after the conference ended, and were very pleased with our choice. It isn’t the cheapest restaurant in the city but we found it very good value for the quality, and quantity!There is no English menu but the waiter (who I suspect is also the owner) was very helpful and offered to translate anything...

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  • A delightful taste of Greece

    Nightlife Spot: ZorbaIn the center of this lovely city, right behind Saint Rombuldus cathededral, this most wonderful restaurant is to be found. Cosely tucked away in an inner courtyard along "Nieuwwerk", it welcomes its customers in an agreeable atmosphere, along with three other establishments. Upon entering one is immediately greeted courtiously...

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  • Grand Café Lamot (second visit)

    We had lunch here again. The salads were still tasty and fresh but the place was so dirty! There were crumbles under all of the tables and in general on the restaurant floor. And these crumbles were certainly not from one morning! I couldn't even put my bags on the floor. The salad was good but I'm not going there again.

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  • Grand Café Lamot

    Trendy restaurant in the heart of the city. It's huge, all glass and very airy. With a bit of luck you're given a table with view on the river Dijle. There's also a lovely summer terrace outside, along the river. There were four of us (VT friends!). Three of us ordered different salads, which all looked very attractive and tasted delicious. Gonnie...

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  • Around the Grote Markt

    Many of the historic buildings which surround the beautiful open space of the Grote Markt house bars and cafes, and these make a great place for people watching both in the day time and evening. During our brief visit we found time to sample two of them. A sunny afternoon saw us slipping out of the conference for a couple of hours to do a bit of...

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Mechelen Nightlife

  • Friendly bar

    Comfortable old bar in the city centre, plenty of beers to choose from and still open when we left well after midnight. Liked the chicken theme there too.

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  • The smallest pub in town...

    In the shadow of the cathedral in a tiny corner of Nieuwkerk you will find De Borrel-Babbel This is a really great tiny little pub with a warm and cosy interior. A lot of wood , a beautifull iron stair....be in time , 20 people inside and this place is packed.Quit a large choise of drinks...and ofcourse a few 'Mechelse' beers in that list.

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Mechelen Transportation

  • The Belgian Rail Pass

    Note - Since VT have decided to promote our "Country" pages as a sort of city and town gazetteer then there's no point is writing this tip as part of a Belgium page. Therefore it'll appear in exactly the same form on all my Belgian locations which have a train station.The best way to travel around Belgium, in my opinion anyway, is by train. The...

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  • An easy train journey from Brussels.

    I took the train from Brussel-Midi to Mechelen. There are several trains every hour during daytime so no problem getting a ticket, which I bought from an automat in the station. The cost was 4,50 € each way. Journey time about half an hour. The railway station in Mechelen is situated at Konnig Albertsplein, south-east of the city centre. I post the...

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  • Getting Around By Bus

    The Mechelen and area bus network is run by the De Lijn company with the main bus station next to the railway station. There's also a second group of bus stops in the square next to the Veemarkt.The buses serve the immediate surroundings and there are also services to and from Antwerp, although if travelling centre-to-centre the train is a faster...

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Mechelen Shopping

  • Hi-Tech Tradition!

    This was an interesting little find - an automated bakery outlet.Basically it is a hi-tech vending machine with its wares; breads and cakes, in glass fronted boxes, each of which is numbered. Prices are displayed at the side and what you do is feed your coins into the slot, use the keypad to enter the box number, then the electronic catch is...

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  • Interesting Shops, Equally Interesting...

    Even though I wasn't there to do any shopping I could help but notice that the main streets in the old city centre host a wealth of interesting looking independent shops. Most of the shops seem to be aimed at locals, rather than tourists, with all the basics such as bakers, butchers, greengrocers as well as some very upmarket fashion and accessory...

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  • Beer & chocolate!

    There are two essential purchases in my view on any visit to Belgium – beer and chocolate. Luckily in Mechelen you can find both within a few steps from the Grote Markt. On its south side you have a choice of three excellent chocolate shops: Leonidas, Neuhaus and Godiva. All looked to have a great selection. We went first to Leonidas where my...

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Mechelen Local Customs

  • The Moon Extinguishers

    Mechlinians are known throughout Flanders as "Maneblussers", a mocking nickname which translates as "Moon Extinguishers".This came about after an incident on the night of the 27th January 1687. It seems a local guy was walking home from the pub that evening and when passing the Rumbold Tower saw what appeared to be fierce flames flickering behind...

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  • More Belgian Humour

    This statue of Neptune was produced by the local sculptor Frans Langhemans in 1718 to sit atop one of the city's new water fountains on the Vleemarkt. Neptune is depicted sitting on three loaves of bread but legend has it that he was too lazy to eat and so wasted away.The locals call the statue "Vadderik" which means "fat sluggard". Also note the...

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  • Belgian Humour

    Belgians aren't attributed with having a sense of humour, but nothing could be further from the truth. It's just that their sense of humour is a tad warped - just the same as mine.Here's Mechelen's answer to Brussels's little boy pisssing:The cafe is appropriately called, "Cafe Belge".

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Mechelen Warnings and Dangers

  • Palace of Justice-City in female...

    The actual palace of Justice in Mechelen.Two women held sway in Mechelen five hundred years ago: Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria. Did time change ?Nevertheless-the two ladies on the picture are accused for different reasons :The right one ( nickname Helga) for driving a Peugeot Cabrio instead of a Honda S2000The left one - Sharrie - for...

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  • Girls, do not wear high heal shoes!

    As the whole city centre is cobble-stoned, it is not recommended to walk in high heal shoes.I lost one heal of mine!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Mechelen Off The Beaten Path

  • Not Really "Off The Beaten Path" -...

    Nekkerspoel is regarded as a suburb of the city of Mechelen but in fact is probably where the city originated. This is where the first traces of civilised inhabitation of the area were be found, on the loop of the River Dijle before Mechelen grabbed the limelights, or should I say moonlights - HA!The railway station at Mechelen Nekkerspoel is...

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  • Walk through some nice small streets

    Mechelen is not a large city. Try to walk into some small streets and discover the beauty of it. As the city is not too large, you will easily end up at a familiar place. But maybe it is wise to take a map, you can get one at the touristoffice for 0,50 Euro.There are also a few nice citywalks, signposted but you can also get a paperguide at the...

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  • Jungle Fever

    In the vicinity of Mechelen, Animal Park Planckendael can be found in the town of Muizen (which is Flemish for "mice"! What's in a name , right?). Originally having been conceived as a quarantaine and breeding facility for the Antwerp Zoo, it is now a semi independent animal park. In contradiction to its larger and more known cousin, the Antwerp...

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Mechelen Sports & Outdoors

  • KV Mechelen

    A home game for local football team KV Mechelen was too tempting for me. 20:00 kick off time gave us plenty of time for a good meal first, then a short walk from town to the stadium.A good noisy and enthusiastic crowd watched a 2-0 home win against Dessel, making Mechelen look a good bet for promotion at the end of this season (06/7).Enjoyed my...

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  • Walking in Vrijbroekpark

    When you would like to have some fresh air in Mechelen, while not going to far away from the city, the Vrijbroekpark is the place to go.

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  • De Ronde van Belgie/ The tour of Belgium

    On May 24th & 25th (2003), Mechelen was the scene were the tour took place.On May 24th, there is a individual time race with start and arrival at the Brusselpoort in Mechelen.

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Mechelen General

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • The Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk

    As with the tower of St Rumbold's Cathedral the dome of the Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk had been intended to be much taller than it ended it up, and for exactly the same reasons - marshy ground and insufficient funds.It is still a rather magnificent building and by all accounts the interior is well worth a visit especially for the bas-reliefs...

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  • Fulling Mill and Lockhouse

    On the bridge that crosses the river at Vijfhoek, towards the south of the old city centre, you'll come across this intriguing little structure. This is what's left of the city's fulling mills and their accompanying set of locks. Fulling is the process by which woven cloth was cleaned and finished and during Mechelen's height as a major wool...

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The Market Square.
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The Schepenhuis.
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Brusselpoort.
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An Ideal Spot For A Beer While Awaiting Your Train
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Het Schepenhuis
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The Oddbod Of A Town Hall
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Margaret of Austria's Palace
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Margaret of York's Palace
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Ideal For An Afternoon Beer - Cafe 't Pleintje
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Another Interesting Building
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Enjoy A (Short) Riverside Walk
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The Oldest Stone Bridge In Flanders
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Enjoy A Drop Of The Local Brews
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A City For Meandering
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Visit The Historical Centre - The Grote Markt
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A Posh Public Loo And Free!
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The Modern Vismarkt
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The Original Vismarkt
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Het Brusselpoort
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The Tourist Information Office
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No Need For A Tour Guide!
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Finding Your Way Around The City
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Getting Around By Bicycle
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Only On Saturdays!
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De Mijlpaal (The Milestone)
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Midway Between Brussels And Antwerp
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De Wit Royal Manufacturer of Tapestry
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Belgian Malinois Shepherd Dogs.
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'Planckendael'
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Cityhall
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Technopolis - Do-Center for Sience and technique
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Tapestry
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Tourist centre & guides
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H 30
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To Mechelen by train
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Antwerp by train
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Sint-Katelijnestraat
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A little shrine
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Grote Markt
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Various churches
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