Halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, Mechelen is full of places to visit alone, with family or friends. Stroll through the alleys and discover historical monuments that will take you back in time.
Take advantage of the unique architectural sites that the city offers, such as the Lamot site, a former brewery renovated in Convention and Heritage Centre.
Then climb the steps of the Saint-Rombaut Tower. From its height of 97 metres, the tower offers a unique panorama of the city.
Do you love toys? Mechelen has one of the largest toy museums in Europe.
Immerse yourself in interactive science fun at Technopolis and explore the unique places the city has to offer.
Mechelen and its history have also been influenced by many influential ladies. It is thanks to enterprising women that we owe the Ursuline Institute to Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Wavez (Wavre-Notre-Dame).
The Institute, created to host a boarding school for young girls from good families by the Ursuline Sisters, is today an exceptional place which houses a school complex and conventual. The building contains unsuspected treasures, which attract many visitors.
The establishment is composed of different architectural styles ranging from Neoclassicism to Art Nouveau. Its winter garden, perfectly preserved, is a superb masterpiece of Art Nouveau. The wonderful display of light and colour is well worth the detour. The dome is also full of animals and plants. The Art Nouveau stained glass garden is a listed monument, unique in Belgium.
Before leaving, taste the flavours of Mechelen such as the cuckoo of Malines.
Culinary speciality par excellence of the city, the hen of Mechelen is a poultry with firm flesh that originated from a cross between the native hen with cuckoo-coloured plumage and an Asian hen. Deliciously tender, this dish goes wonderfully with a refreshing Gouden Carolus. Bon appetit!