Must See Sights Of Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen, Belgium located almost halfway between Brussels and Antwerp is renowned world over for its carillon (bells) concerts. There is a carillon school which offers training to students from all over the world to play church bells. It is also famous for its tapestry, furniture, and horticultural industries. The many sights and sounds of Mechelen are exhibited in its Gothic cathedral with carillons, town hall, and museums. Furthermore it is worth spending time in the lively shopping areas.

There are more than 300 listed heritage buildings which can take a day at least to see. Most noteworthy are 8 Gothic and Baroque churches from the 14th–17th centuries.

Mechelen, Belgium

Looking at the photos from Mechelen’s Grote market I wonder, “will I be there again!” It is rightly titled as the heart of Mechelen. Ringed by cafes and bars, there are some wonderful facades to drool over. Mechelen, few centuries back was a significant center for weaving, using wool imported from England. And the cloth hall here was the heart of the city’s trade. Its proximity to sea and a good network of canals made it an ideal trading center.

Saint-Petrus-and-Pauluschurch, Mechelen, Belgium

Patrolling policemen on horses.

Street scene Mechelen

Street Scene Mechelen

Grote Markt, Mechelen, Belgium

Grote Markt is located in the center of the city is surrounded by such impeccably restored 15th and 16th century Flemish townhouses. Additionally there are several places to eat where you can sit down and enjoy the scenery. On one side there is the cathedral, and on the other – the medieval city hall.

Flemish townhouses Mechelen Belgium

Flemish townhouses Mechelen

Mechelen Town Hall

Most impressive are the facade details of Mechelen Town Hall.

Facade of Mechelen Town Hall

Facade of Mechelen Town Hall

Facade has three lions, two dragons, one eagle seated on the Beiaerd. This was formerly the town hall of Mechelen, Belgium.

Other places worth a visit are Toy Museum, a children’s farm. While the grown ups can visit the Anker, one of the oldest operating breweries in Belgium.

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