The people of Mechelen are super proud of their 300 listed buildings, three of which flaunt the UNESCO world heritage label: St Rumbold’s Tower, the Belfry of the Town Hall and the Large Beguinage. The city centre boasts no fewer than eight historic churches, each with its own distinctive style: large or small, Gothic or baroque, Rubens or Van Dyck.
In Mechelen everything’s within walking distance. As you wander along the narrow streets, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on historical buildings and on so many charming restaurants and cafés that you’ll wish you could eat your way through Mechelen! And for a while at least, you can switch off and quietly daydream, for the centre is pedestrianized.
I’m going on a city trip and I’m taking… the kids with me! Combine a spot of history with activities the whole family will warm to. You can visit one of the largest toy museums in Europe, experiment at Technopolis, walk among the penguins in Planckendael and discover the city’s most picturesque nooks on a children’s trail.