Small and picturesque, steeped in history
Mechelen, the former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands, is just 10 minutes by train from Brussels Airport and conveniently located between Brussels and Antwerp. This small, picturesque city offers plenty of charm and is steeped in history. You’ll also find plenty of quaint shops in the city’s many car-free areas and lovely squares.
Mechelen is home to a whopping 336 listed buildings and monuments, including eight gothic and baroque churches that were built between the 14th and the 17th century. As such, it is the Flemish city with the largest number of monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Here you’ll also find plenty of modern hotels within walking distance of the city’s well-equipped conference venues. Challenge your delegates to climb the 538 steps to the top of the tower of Saint Rumbolds’ Cathedral and surprise them with a cocktail on the Skywalk as they take in sweeping views of the city below.
Who are your guides in this video?
Bart Somers is Mechelen's beloved mayor for more than 20 years. In 2016, he won the World Mayor Prize, the election for best mayor in the world.
Aleksandra Nowak is Senior Events Manager at WindEurope. She is originally from Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. And yet she is really impressed by Mechelen as a conference city.
Jan Simons is MICE & Partnerships coordinator at Meet in Mechelen. In a previous life, he transformed Lamot from a run-down brewery into an innovative conference venue.
Mechelen is just 11 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, an airport accessible for delegates from all over the world.
Flanders Heritage Venues in Mechelen
Fancy a conference in one of these magnificent venues?
VISITFLANDERS Convention Bureau will be happy to give you all the information you need, and offer your association or PCO free support, no strings attached.
Local partners at your service
The City of Mechelen and its official convention bureau welcome your conference with open arms.