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Halfway between Antwerp and Brussels, hidden in the heart of Flanders, lies a classic pearl along the Dijle River. Between the hustle and bustle of the big cities, Mechelen allows you to sample its rich history. With its lovely historical city centre, Mechelen is a unique location which always has something to experience, for young and old. Go exploring and be surprised by the no fewer than four listings on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Mechelen offers you a combination of rural rest and the exciting life in the city. Enjoy a unique experience on the Sint-Rombout Tower skywalk. Stick your head in the clouds and tower high above the bustling Grote Markt. Or rent a bicycle and take in the rest and the charm of the Vegetable Area around Sint-Katelijne-Waver, where you can relax amidst protected landscapes and monuments. Mechelen guarantees you a sunny disposition and a brilliant vacation!
Top things to do in Mechelen
Have you always wanted to try your hand at landing an aeroplane? Would you dare to take a nap on a bed of nails or ride a bicycle along a high wire 5 metres above the ground? Experiment to your heart's content with numerous interactive displays. Freeze your shadow, sprint against a leopard…. All this is possible at Technopolis, where science and technology have never been such fun!
Boat trips along the Inner Dyle
Leave by boat from Haverwerf, sail through the marina and the 'turning dock' and on through the historic centre, experiencing Mechelen from a different perspective! Along the way, you'll pass (among other things) the Fish Market, the Large Bridge, theBotanical Garden and Fullers' Mill and you'll see how the people of Mechelen live in historic and modern waterside buildings. What heaven it must be to have a house on the Dyle! The boat trips take place from April to September.
St Rumbold's Tower (inside)
Building work by the Keldermans family of architects on this imposing Mechelen monument began in 1452. Times and circumstances changed and as a result the tower was never completed. But this did not prevent the 97-metre tower becoming the symbol of Mechelen and a UNESCO world heritage site. The city's most important documents used to be kept in this fortified tower, which was also the belfry. The bells in the tower served to tell the townspeople the time and to sound the alarm in the event of danger. The tower also made a good vantage point: from here you could see the enemy arriving from a long way off. You can visit the tower. You will find that it has six rooms, each of which serves a different purpose. In the tower you can admire a working timepiece and two carillons from close to. Unique in Europe, the Skywalk affords a panoramic view of the Grote Markt, the city and surrounding area and is a well-deserved reward for your exertions.
St Rumbold's Cathedral
St Rumbold's Cathedral was built in the thirteenth century. From the outset it was larger and more impressive than all the other parish churches and later on it became 'the church of the archbishops'. Originally there was a triple-nave cruciform church on the site of the vast cathedral. Only after a series of building campaigns did the church become our city's star attraction. In the religious wars in the sixteenth century the church took some hard knocks. Much of the old interior was lost to iconoclasms and plundering. Calvinist rule at the end of that century removed all references to Catholic worship. But the church had even more storms to weather. In the Second World War Mechelen was bombed and in 1972 a huge fire broke out. St Rumbold's Cathedral withstood them all. The inside of the cathedral is breathtaking. You can admire Anthony van Dyck's painting 'Christ on the Cross', along with works by (among others) Michel Coxcie, Gaspard de Crayer and Abraham Janssens. The real showpiece, however, has to be the high altar by Lucas Faydherbe which dates from 1665.
Kazerne Dossin is a very special place of remembrance for Belgium. As 'SS Sammellager Mecheln', the Dossin barracks was a waitingroom for death for more than 25,000 Jews and gypsies from Belgium and Northern France during the Second World War. A brand-new museum has been built to record the historical significance of this place for present and future generations and to illustrate themes like racism, exclusion and human rights. The combination of the human rights theme and the historical story of the Holocaust in Belgium makes Kazerne Dossin a project of European interest. The new museum was designed by leading architect and former Flemish Government Architect bOb Van Reeth.
This Mechelen property is located near St. Rumbolds Cathedral and Mechelen Cathedral. Another nearby point of interest is Brusselpoort. This Mechelin, Belgium hotel has breakfast, a dining hall, and a front desk open 24 hours a day. Laundry service is available. Safe deposit boxes are available at the front desk.
Situated in a convenient position for business or leisure travel, the NH Mechelen Hotel, Belgium also combines modern style and great value for that perfect visit. Its location in the heart of Mechelen's historical district makes this 3-star hotel very popular with professional guests looking for short or long term accommodation. The hotel is also easily accessible to Antwerp, Brussels, Lier and Louvain. Elegantly styled throughout, the NH Mechelen hotel features an extensive range of amenities and facilities. On the first floor of the hotel there is a conference room with plenty of natural daylight and with a capacity of up to 12 people. The pleasant breakfast room can also be used as a meeting and function room in the afternoon. Hotel amenities include a stylish lounge bar and parking services. Business guests will especially enjoy the wireless Internet access, while family travelers are sure to appreciate the spacious guest rooms.
Best Western Hotel Gulden Anker
If you are looking for quietness and relax, together with the best facilities and luxurious amenities in Mechelen, then the 4 star Best Western Hotel Gulden Anker in Mechelen is the perfect accommodation for a business or leisure stay in the Belgium's Antwerp province. Best Western Hotel Gulden Anker enjoys a strategic position in Mechelen, Belgium, close to the E19 Brussels - Antwerp exit, within 20 minutes of the Zaventem airport and within walking distance of the railway station. Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the stylishly furnished restaurant that offers both French and regional cuisine. Outstanding cuisine is served at the elegant hotel's restaurant, where a fine selection of menus is also available for functions, gala dinners and business luncheons. This 4 star Mechelen hotel offers a wonderful atmosphere, with charming interiors and a welcoming staff. On-site features are thoughtfully designed for guest comfort and include spacious and refined accommodations, an excellent restaurant and a conference centre with state-of-the-art office equipment.
Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre
Location. Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre is located in central Mechelen, close to St. Rumbolds Cathedral, Veolia Stadium Achter de Kazerne, and Brusselpoort. Nearby points of interest also include Vrijbroekpark Provincial Country Park and Planckendael Zoo. Hotel Features. This 3-star property offers a meeting/conference room, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, an elevator (lift), and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Guestrooms. 69 air-conditioned guestrooms at Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre feature coffee/tea makers and windows that open. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies.
Novotel Mechelen Centrum
Location. Novotel Mechelen Centrum is a business-friendly hotel located in Mechelen, close to St. Rumbolds Cathedral, Brusselpoort, and Vrijbroekpark Provincial Country Park. Additional points of interest include Veolia Stadium Achter de Kazerne and Planckendael Zoo. Hotel Features. Novotel Mechelen Centrum's restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility and a steam room. This 3-star property offers small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. This Mechelen property has 6 meeting rooms. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, a snack bar/deli, and currency exchange. Guestrooms. 122 guestrooms at Novotel Mechelen Centrum feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with down blankets. Furnishings include double sofa beds and desks. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Cable television is provided. Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls. Recreational amenities at the hotel include a steam room and a fitness facility.