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  • 1 Plankendael Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    chaussée de Leuven 582 B - 2812 Muizen

    This vast garden planted with flowers and fine trees is home to over 1 000 animals. Note the rare or endangered species, tropical bird aviaries and lakes with many water fowl.

  • 2 Cathedral of St Rumbold Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Onder den Toren B - 2800 Mechelen

    This Gothic building has an outstanding tower (as wide as its nave) housing two carillons, of wonderful proportions with powerful yet light vertical lines. The harmonious cathedral interior is surprisingly large. Among the many works of art, note the..

  • 3 Grote-Markt Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 2800 Mechelen

    The Grand-Place is overlooked by the cathedral tower in the north-west and lined by fine 16C, 17C, and 18C façades with crow-stepped or scrolled gables. The Town Hall buildings of the Grand Council Hall, Aldermen's House and Post Office stand on the ..

  • 4 Hôtel de ville Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt 21 B - 2800 Mechelen

    The Town Hall occupies three adjacent buildings: the late-Gothic (16C-19C) Grand Council Hall, with a central façade topped by turrets and its 14C uncompleted belfry, the 14C Aldermen's House (Schepenhuis), now housing the city archives, and the Post..

  • 5 Manufacture Royale de Tapisserie Gaspard de Wit Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Schoutetstraat 7 B - 2800 Mechelen

    These works, founded in 1889, bear the name of the founder's son, Gaspard de Wit, who invented the "numbered card" (black and white card outlining tapestry design colours). The guided tour covers workshops in which old tapestries are restor..

  • 6 Église St-Jean

    Religious buildings

    St-Janstraat B - 2800 Mechelen

    This 15C church has Baroque furnishings and especially a 1619 Rubens triptych, The Adoration of the Magi. In the central panel, note the contrast between the gentle profile of the Virgin (inspired by the face of Rubens' first wife, Isabelle Brandt) a..

  • 7 Hôtel de Busleyden

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Frederik de Merodestraat B - 2800 Mechelen

    This 16C brick mansion was built for one of Emperor Charles V's councillors. It is topped by a turret and stands at the back of an arcaded courtyard adorned with lawns. It now houses the Bell-Ringing School and Town Museum.

  • 8 Palais de Marguerite d'Autriche

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Keizerstraat B - 2800 Mechelen

    This Gothic-influenced Renaissance building stands around a pretty arcaded courtyard. It was built by Rombaut Keldermans in the early 16C and houses law courts since 1796.

  • 9 Bailles de Fer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ijzerenleen B - 2800 Mechelen

    This long market square is named after the wrought-iron balustrades that protected the old 16C canal and is lined with beautifully restored façades.

  • 10 Quai au Sel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Zoutwerf B - 2800 Mechelen

    This quayside has interesting façades, especially the 16C fishmongers' guild Salmon House front. The pediment above the door bears a carved golden salmon.

  • 11 Porte de Bruxelles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Brusselsepoort B - 2800 Mechelen

    This gate is the only remains of the 14C ramparts. It is flanked by two towers with pointed roofs from the 17C.

  • 12 Église N.D au delà de la Dyle

    Religious buildings

    Onze Lieve Vrouwstraat B - 2800 Mechelen

    church houses Rubens' triptych of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes.

  • 13 Quai aux Avoines

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Haverwerf B - 2800 Mechelen

    Three picturesque old houses stand opposite the Fish Market (Vismarkt), near a small bridge: St Joseph's House, the timbered Devil's House with caryatids and Paradise House, whose tympana depict Adam and Eve.

  • 14 Former St Truiden Abbey Refuge

    Religious buildings

    Schoutetstraat 7 B - 2800 Mechelen

    This 16C building's crow-stepped pediment and pinnacle stand out against tall trees and its pink brick walls are reflected in the duckweed-covered canal. At the end of the Schoutetstraat, the restored former Tongerlo Abbey 15C refuge now houses a tap..

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