The picturesque town of Mechelen sits between Brussels and Antwerp. This medieval city is full of culture with numerous museums, bell-towers, monuments and parks all contributing to its charm. Mechelen is home to St. Janstraat, the most prestigious carillon school in the world, attracting students from all over the world who can take 6 years to complete the diploma course. The students of this bell-ringing school provide the perfect soundtrack for sipping coffee at a sidewalk café in one of the town’s charming squares.
Mechelen has become a center of non-profit and non-governmental organisations in Flanders. Some famous examples of the organisations that have made Mechelen home are Natuurpunt, AFS and the Red Cross. Often this area is chosen for its accessibility by train and the highway. Mechelen lies on the major urban and industrial axis between Brussels and Antwerp. Inhabitants find employment at Mechelen’s southern industrial and northern office estates, as well as at office spaces near the capital and Zaventem Airport.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many pedestrian areas that make this a delightful town to walk in and explore. You can admire hundreds of listed buildings and monuments, many dating back to 16th century. Highlights include Gothic and Baroque churches and the famed St. Rumbold’s Tower. For dining, Dumon on Veemarkt has hearty pub food. You can also get fantastic home-made soup and sandwiches from Soep Sjop on the Bruul near the river.
Mechelen is easily reached by train. From Brussels and Antwerp it takes no longer than 30 minutes. Just outside the main train station you’ll find a bus station with connections to many places in the vicinity. You can also reach the town by taking a bus from Antwerp. The city center is a short walk from the train station. Mechelen is a very compact city, so you can reach most places on foot. There are a few bus routes radiating from the city center just in case your feet get sore.