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Mechelen

Trip Planner Europe  /  Belgium  /  Flanders  /  Antwerp Province  /  Mechelen
(4.4/5 based on 2,200+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, zoos & aquariums, museums
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. Make the most of your holiday in Mechelen by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Belgium family vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Mechelen

Visitors to small-town Mechelen are served by medium-priced hotels in the historical center. This entire area is walkable, so it won't be hard to find accommodations close to the main attractions. For a room with a little more culture and character, try staying in a bed and breakfast run by locals.
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