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Mechelen

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Zoos · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar. Pedestrian zones lined with cafes provide a scenic backdrop for having a coffee or strolling through town. While it may not be as popular as some other Belgian tourist destinations, Mechelen is a place to escape the crowds during the summer months and experience Flemish history and culture. Visit the foremost cathedral in the country, explore Gothic and Baroque churches, and view architecture dating back to the 1500s. Find what you're looking for from your Mechelen holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy Belgium trip maker site.
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Popular things to do in Mechelen

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St. Rumbold's Cathedral ©
Architectural Building
St. Rumbold's Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
ZOO Planckendael ©
Zoo
ZOO Planckendael
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kazerne Dossin ©
Specialty Museum
Kazerne Dossin
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Technopolis ©
Theme Park
Technopolis
4.1
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Mechelen

Domaine Des Grottes De Han ©
Cave
Domaine Des Grottes De Han Han-sur-Lesse
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
Citadelle de Dinant ©
Historic Site
Citadelle de Dinant Dinant
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Bastogne War Museum ©
Military Museum
Bastogne War Museum Bastogne
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Walibi Belgium ©
Ride / Activity
Walibi Belgium Wavre
3.5
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Mechelen

Grote Markt ©
Landmark
Grote Markt
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Brouwerij Het Anker ©
Brewery
Brouwerij Het Anker
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dijlepad
Landmark
Dijlepad
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Horlogeriemuseum ©
Specialty Museum
Horlogeriemuseum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Mechelen

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Vismarkt ©
Historic Walking Area
Vismarkt
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk ©
Religious Site
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Sint-Pieter-en-Pauluskerk ©
Church
Sint-Pieter-en-Pauluskerk
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sint-Janskerk
Religious Site
Sint-Janskerk
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Mechelen

Speelgoedmuseum ©
Specialty Museum
Speelgoedmuseum
3.5
Duration: 4 hours
De Nekker ©
Water Park
De Nekker
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Mechelen

Museum Hof van Busleyden ©
Art Museum
Museum Hof van Busleyden
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Schepenhuis Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Schepenhuis Museum
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

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