Mechelen is a Flemish city located between Brussels and Antwerp in northern Belgium. It is one of Flanders’ most prominent cities of historical art and was notably a center for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance. Did you know that Mechelen was at the heart of the revival of the carillon, the musical instrument typically housed in church bell towers, in the early 20th century. To this day it is home to the most famous carillon school in the world!
This city is definitively worth visiting, for a day or better for a couple of days, so you can totally explore this beautiful city. I went there last week to visit the city to do some sightseeing, and from Brussels by train, it took only 22 minutes. There are a lot of things to see in the city center, like the Grote Markt or Grand Place and also Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral, La Senne, Hof van Busleyden, Haverwerf, Het Kunstuur, The Palace of Margaret of York, The Palace of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic province, the Belgium Technopolis (center for hands-on Science and Technology), and certainly many more.
Here are some pictures that I took last week in Mechelen.