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 than 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.
You can reach the entrance via cobble stones that are easily passable. You might need help to open the rather heavy door with tight space, as well as on the slope after it. There is a lowered information desk suitable for wheelchair users. Most leaflets and brochures are well within reach. The exhibition rooms on the ground floor and second floor are accessible, although you might sometimes need help to open a door or to operate an experience element. There is an accessible lift. The adapted toilet is spacious enough for wheelchair users; safety rails are fitted. The wash basin however doesn’t accomodate wheelchair users. Some documents can be borrowed in braille or in large letter script, they can also be used for guided tours (schedules of churches…).