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Mechelen Travel Guide

Mechelen is one of Flanders prominent cities of historical art. The city lies on the major urban and industrial axis Brussels–Antwerp, about 25 km from each city. With  +/- 84.000 inhabitants it’s the 5th largest city in Flanders. The spoken language in Mechelen is Dutch, but many people will speak some english or french as well.


Travel to Mechelen

Mechelen is located in the middle between Antwerp and Brussels and therefore has excellent train connection between both cities and the rest of Belgium. Trains are operated by NMBS/SNCB. For more information visit the Belgium Public Transport Guide.

Discover Mechelen

Things to see in Mechelen

  • Visit the “Grote Markt”
  • Climb the tower of the Saint Rombouts Cathedral
  • Walk over the Ijzerenleen, the “Champs Elysées” of Mechelen
  • Visit the Haverwerf for it’s beautiful houses

Things to do in Mechelen

  • Visit the Planckendael Zoo
  • Visit Technopolis
  • Visit the Toy Museum

Mechelen tourist map

Where to next?

20km to Antwerp

20km to Leuven

30km to Brussels