A sunny Sunday in Mechelen

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The old area of Mechelen

Mechelen is a Dutch-speaking city and municipality in the province of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel (a few kilometers away), as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dijle flows through the city, hence the term 'Dijlestad' (Dijle City).

Mechelen lies on the major urban & industrial axis Brussels-Antwerp, about 25 km from each city. Besides at Mechelen's southern industrial and northern office estates, many inhabitants find employment at offices in or industry near the capital, or at industrial plants near Antwerp's seaport.

Mechelen is compact city spun in a medieval web around the gigantic Cathedral tower, the city centre offers an inviting range of squares, terraces and shops, all within walking distance of each other.

The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbolds Cathedral) with its dominating tower

The St. Rumbold’s Tower – the symbol of Mechelen par excellence – welcomes visitors to the city from afar. It towers over more 300 listed monuments in the city centre, including 8 historic churches. The belfries of the City Hall and St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and the city’s Large Beguinage have all been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

One of the best places to visit is the Het Anker. This small private brewery has built a global reputation for its local beers such as Gouden Carolus and Cuvée van de Keizer. Its Mechelschen Bruynen, a brown ale, was the favourite beer of the Renaissance Emperor Charles V, who grew up in Mechelen. He even shipped casks to Spain when he became Charles I of Spain.

   

      

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The old area of Mechelen
The old area of Mechelen
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. R…
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. …
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. R…
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. …
The main post office on Grote Markt
The main post office on Grote Markt
The main post office on Grote Markt
The main post office on Grote Markt
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. R…
The Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. …
House on Grote Markt - back side o…
House on Grote Markt - back side …
Statue on Grote Markt on the way t…
Statue on Grote Markt on the way …
Art on the Fish Market
Art on the Fish Market
The Dijle flows through the city, …
The Dijle flows through the city,…
A wonderful house with olive trees…
A wonderful house with olive tree…
A restaurant boat on the Dijle tha…
A restaurant boat on the Dijle th…
A restaurant boat on the Dijle tha…
A restaurant boat on the Dijle th…
The Dijle flows through the city, …
The Dijle flows through the city,…
Purple flowers caressing the house…
Purple flowers caressing the hous…
A house boat on the Dijle that flo…
A house boat on the Dijle that fl…
A private garden in the city - nex…
A private garden in the city - ne…
Inside Het Anker
Inside Het Anker
One of the many good beers from He…
One of the many good beers from H…
Het Anker seen through a Margriet …
Het Anker seen through a Margriet…
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
The Ancher in Het Anker
The Ancher in Het Anker
Mechelen
photo by: Vlindeke