Mechelen, Beers, Bells and Tapestries

Mechelen is a small and picturesque city that is big on charm and history, thriving with quaint shops, car-free areas and pleasant little squares. The grace of centuries-old palaces and majestic churches appeals to everyone. There are no less then 336 listed buildings and monuments, including eight gothic and baroque churches from the 14th-17th century. The Begijnhofkerk is especially unique, with its feminine art schemes and pastel colours.

Mechelen is a city for all ages. Young people can actively enjoy themselves in the Toy Museum or the Tivoli Children's Farm, whereas the young at heart can entertain themselves at the Anker, one of the oldest operating breweries in Belgium. Students from all over the world come to learn to play church bells at Mechelen’s carillon school. Sitting outside on the terrace of a cafe sipping a local beer while listening to the bell music coming from the sky is nothing short of delightful. It is also home to one of the last remaining places in the world that restores and repairs antique tapestries, at Royal Manufacturers De Wit.
Map of Flanders displaying the city of Mechelen

Info Point

Hallestraat 2-4-6, 2800 Mechelen T: +32 70 22 00 08
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Top 5 things to do

  1. St. Rumbolds Tower
    Climb up the 514 steps of the St. Rumbolds Tower which offers breathtaking views of the city from its new sky walk.
  2. Mechelen Tapestries
    Discover the art of tapestry at De Wit Royal Manufacturers.
  3. Golden Carolus - Brewery The Anker
    Eat, sleep and drink at the Anker, famous for its Golden Carolus Beer.
  4. Fish Market
    Hang out at Vismarkt (fish market), a quaint square with lots of cosy restaurants and bars.
  5. Mechelen Cuckoo
    Try the local delicacy, the Mechelen cuckoo, served with fresh vegetables, Mechelen beer sauce and roasted potatoes.
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