Small and Picturesque, Big on Charm and History
Mechelen, former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands, is just 10 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, and conveniently located between Brussels and Antwerp. This small and picturesque city is big on charm and history, teeming with quaint shops, car-free areas and pleasant squares.
It is home to no less than 336 listed buildings and monuments, including eight gothic and baroque churches from the 14th-17th century. Mechelen is the Flemish city with the largest number of monuments on UNESCO’s World Heritage list!
It is also home to modern hotels within walking distance of well-equipped meeting rooms. After your meeting, climb the 538 steps of Saint-Rumbolds’ Tower and enjoy a cocktail on the Skywalk while absorbing the breath-taking views of the city.
Or do like Belgian musician and songwriter Stromae did when planning his recent marriage, and consider Martin’s Patershof, a former Franciscan church in the heart of Mechelen that has been rebuilt into a magnificent four-star hotel, complete with high-tech facilities for meetings and conferences of all sizes.
Top 5 things to do
Climb the 514 steps of St. Rumbold’s Tower for a breathtaking view of the city from its new sky walk and a glimpse of its famous carillon.
Medieval Flemish tapestries are regarded as the best in the world. Discover the art of tapestry at Royal Manufacturer De Wit.
Eat, sleep and drink at The Anker, a family-owned brewery, distillery, brasserie and hotel, famous for its Golden Carolus Beer.
Relax at the Fish Market, a quaint square with numerous traditional and modern restaurants and bars.
Be sure and try the local delicacy, the Mechelen Cuckoo, served with fresh vegetables, Mechelen beer sauce and roasted potatoes.