Mechelen a city in the shadow of Antwerp and Brussel. A small city that is enjoying the good life. On a sunny day in May, I decided it was time to discover Mechelen. In this blog I will tell you what you can see in one day in Mechelen.
Mechelen from the water
What could be more fun to discover a city from the water. It was pretty busy that day. The best thing is reserve a time in advance on a sunny day at the weekend. Then you know for sure that you have a spot on the boat. A boat trip on the Binnendijle is a nice experience where you can also enjoy the beautiful Mechelen. You are about 45 minutes away.
Walk the Dijlepad
A nice free alternative (or just both) for the boat trip is the Dijlepad. This is a wooden path that has been built over the Binnendijle. Discover Mechelen from a completely different perspective and view the back side of the old houses. The path is about 2.4 kilometers long.
Walk through the Klein and Groot Begijnhof.
Oooh, how beautiful, cozy and old is it here. You really should not miss a walk through this part of Mechelen. It takes you back in history of this city. If you like nice beautiful doors, you should take a look over here.
Climb the St. Rombouts Tower
Oke, it was not the best idea, so do not climb this tower when it is 28 degrees. I was stubborn and wanted to climb this tower and I can tell you that the view was worth every drop of sweat. Wow! In total I had to climb 536 stairs (and also 536 down, together 1072) so I had my workout. Just do it…because the skywalk is so cool.
Relax in the Botanical Garden (Kruidtuin)
Between all the hectic moments you can relax in the Botanical Garden. At this place, you just sit down and enjoy the peace around you. On summer days there are a lot of people from Mechelen with a blanked and some food and drinks. A walk through this garden is not a bad idea either.
The colored houses of Mechelen
A visit to Mechelen is not complete without a visit to the colored characteristic houses on the Havenwerf. All houses have a special mening. From left to right: the left houses (red/orange) is the ‘House Sint-Jozef’, in the middle (black/brown) stands for the ‘De Duiveltjes’ and at the right is the ‘Het Paradijs’. Each house had its own architectural style and specific characteristics
Mechelen Muurt (street art)
Street art is something I always have to discover, also in Mechelen. A project that was created by city artist Gijs Vanhee. Together with nine other national and international artist, Gijs Mechelen has given a boost. The street art route “Mechelen Muurt” is a nice route through the city. You are walking for one hour.
Walk across the Big Market in Mechelen
What cities in Belgium are best known for (not only for the beer and chocolate) are the impressive centers of the city center. Also the Big Market of Mechelen is one not to mis. Walk across the Big Market and crash somewhere for a drink. Enjoy the view and the people walking by.
Ooh and I got a hug from someone who was giving free hugs.
Eating and drinking in Mechelen
Eating and drinking in Mechelen is good, maybe to good. My belly made over hours and the was really delicious.
Drink a home-made ice tea at the Vismarkt
The Vismarkt is a wonderful place to relax after a walk on the Dijlepad or a cruise on the Binnendijle. Sit down at one of the cozy cafes and order a home-made ice tea.
Lunch at Sister Bean
A cozy lunch room where you can use the buffet at the weekends. For only €20,- you can enjoy unlimited food. The place is also extra nice and colorful. Be sure to take one of the home-made ice tea her as wel.
Drink a Belgium beer at the Gouden Vis
If you make a cruise on the Binnendijle you will see this place. After a tip from a friend to drink a beer at the Gouden Vis, it also turned out to be this place. We ordered a delicious Belgium Rose beer and toasted on a successful day. Keep in mind that you can’t pin over here.
Mechelen is a nice city
Yes, that for sure. Mechelen is a city that you must visit once. In one day i visit a number a major attractions. It is bustling here with old buildings and if full of history. I will definitely go back again to discover more. After all, it’s only an hour drive for me. Lucky me!