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    Mechelen, the religious capital of Belgium (because of the seat of the Cardinal), was build near the river Dijle and the Leuven canal. The town has an interesting history, dating back to the dark ages, which has left many architectural masterpieces to admire. The first train on the European continent drove between Brussels and Mechelen, in 1835.

    Today, the city offers many shopping facilities, as well as museums and artwork. The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, with many open space and terraces. Apart from that Mechelen has the ambition of being the most child-friendly city of Flanders, establishing many facilities and activities for children. (e.g. Technopolis and the Toy Museum)

    Mechelen is a Dutch-speaking city in the province of Antwerp, Flanders. 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.

    Places of interest are:

    St. Rumbold's Cathedral) with its dominating tower (UNESCO World Heritage)
    The Church of St. John the Evangelist and the church of Our Lady across the river Dijle
    The domed baroque Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswyck by native architect Lucas Faydherbe, of whom Some sculptures can also be found in the cathedral - he was a pupil and leading assistant of Rubens.
    The Brusselpoort, last remaining of the city's twelve gates
    The Schepenhuis, oldest stone-built city hall in Flanders and historical seat of the Great Council or Supreme Court
    The gothic-renaissance Hof van Busleyden where Jeroen alias Hiëronymus van Busleyden received Erasmus, Thomas More, and the later Pope Adrian VI. These three recently restored buildings together now house the City Museum
    The Palace of Margaret of York; the oldest renaissance building north of the Alps. In one of these palaces, Anne Boleyn was educated for some time as well
    The Lakenhal (hall for merchants of woollen cloth) and the 14th century Belfry (UNESCO World Heritage) beside it
    For the shopaholics : shoppingstreet Ijzerenleen
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    • Kazerne Dossin – Memorial
      0.92 Km from Mechelen
      The Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights is a museum in Mechelen, Belgium, which was established on the site of a German assembly camp where Jews and Gypsies were gathered before being taken to concentration camps to the east.
    • Planckendael Zoo
      3.85 Km from Mechelen
      Planckendael is a zoo, located on the grounds of Planckendael castle in the village Muizen in Belgium. In 1956 the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (KMDA) bought the estate Planckendael. Planckendael keep exotic animals like rhinos, bison and various antelope species, but also several local species. Planckendael also has extensive leisure facilities: For children there is a large separate play area.
    • Duvel Moortgat Brewery
      10.56 Km from Mechelen
    • Beerschot Tennis Club
      13.19 Km from Mechelen
      The Beerschot Tennis Club, now known as the Royal Beerschot Tennis and Hockey Club is a club founded in 1899 in Kontich, Belgium, located in neighboring Antwerp. It hosted the tennis events for the 1920 Summer Olympics.
    • Arboretum Wespelaar
      13.38 Km from Mechelen
      Arboretum Wespelaar is an arboretum in Wespelaar, Belgium. The arboretum was started in 1984, as an extension of the dendrological collections of Philippe de Spoelberch, to the north of his estate of Herkenrode. In 2007, the arboretum and its collections were donated to the Foundation Arboretum Wespelaar which was set up to guarantee the future of the collections and arrange for their opening to the public in 2011. Some 2000 different taxa can be seen on the 20 hectare grounds. The arboretum br...
    • Expo 58
      17.15 Km from Mechelen
      Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair (Dutch: Brusselse Wereldtentoonstelling, French: Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles), was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958. It was the first major World's Fair after World War II.
    • Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum
      17.89 Km from Mechelen
      Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum (Dutch Beeldentuin Middelheim Museum) is a sculpture park of 30 acres in the park part of the Middelheim Nachtegalen Park at Antwerp.
    • KSK Heist (women)
      18.50 Km from Mechelen
      KSK Heist is a Belgian football team from Heist-op-den-Berg, who also has several women's teams in provincial divisions. This ladies team is part of K.S.K. Heist, which is affiliated to the KBVB with number 2948 and has blue and white as their club colours. The women's department is the formal FC Astrio Begijnendijk, a topclub in the early years of the official women's football in Belgium in the early 70's.
    • K.S.K. Heist
      18.50 Km from Mechelen
      51°04′00.13″N 4°44′02.91″E Koninklijke Sportkring Heist is a professional Belgian association football club from the city of Heist-op-den-Berg in the province of Antwerp. They are affiliated to the Royal Belgian Football Association with basic number 2948 and has white and blue as their traditional colours. The club plays at Gemeentelijk Sportcentrum and is currently in the Second Division. All in all, Heist spent 9 seasons at the third level of Belgian football, from 1987–88 to 1993–94, and fro...
    • De Koninck Brewery
      19.81 Km from Mechelen
      De Koninck Brewery (Brouwerij De Koninck) is a Belgian brewery based in Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch). The glass in which De Koninck's flagship beer is served is called a bolleke, although this term is most colloquially used to refer to a glass filled with the beer itself and is the way the beer is ordered in bars.

    Points of Interest near Mechelen

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    • Musée d'Extrême-Orient
      This captivating complex comprises three buildings - the Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion and Museum of Japanese Art. The architecture may not be in accordance with today's taste but this is where you will find Chinese earthenware and Japanese artefacts of the Edo period (1600 - 1868). Entrance fee is €4 for adults, €3 for students and €1.50 for children.
      Musée d'Extrême-Orient Avenue Van Praet 44, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Atomium
      The Atomium is a magnificent sight to behold in Brussels. It is about 5 minutes walking from Heysel-Heizel metro station and opens from 10 am to 6 pm every day. The ticket sale closes by 5:30 pm while the restaurant at the top is opened till 11 pm. The Atomium consists of nine spheres and five of them are open to the public.

      You can catch a glimpse of the city on the upper sphere and if the sky is very clear, you can see up to Antwerp. There is a sphere for kids and your child can be allowed to catch a nap there. In reality, only three spheres are usually open to the public - the top sphere housing the restaurant, the middle sphere that plays host to the snacks bar and the bottom sphere. You will be amazed with the 2,970 lights used to illuminate the Atomium at night. Ticket costs €11 for adults, €2 for children from 6 to 11 years, €9 for teachers, €8 for children from 12 to 18 years, students showing their ID and seniors from 65 years while children under six years will enter for free.
      Atomium Square de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Antwerp International Airport (ANR)
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      Antwerp International Airport (ANR), Luchthavenlei, B-2100 Antwerpen, Belgium
    • the Old Hack
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      the Old Hack Rue Joseph II 176, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Le Berlaymont
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      Le Berlaymont Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Brussels

      As the artistic heart of the EU, Brussels is necessarily multicultural, a vibe that’s only accentuated a feeling that the city’s always been divided – half French, half Flemish - though both halves seem to enjoy their mussels and take their ‘pomme frites’ with an unusual and hefty side of mayonnaise.

      The Belgian capital even has an African quarter where you can snack on dried caterpillars, though the more obvious features are in the winding medieval alleyways of the lower city and the stately buildings and boulevards of the upper half. The famous Manneken Pis (a statue of a little boy engaged in endless urination) is the lower half’s primary attraction, while you’ll also find the ornate columns of the Grand Palace highly picture-worthy, and the multiple artistic museums (incorporating anything from cartoons to renaissance portraits) are world class. The new Magritte-museum is worth visiting. Don't miss the unique statue a few kilometres out of town centre: The Atomium. A futuristic monument what was built for the World Exposition in 1958.

      The upper half, on the other hand, hides numerous parks, the glorious Royal district (which hides the Palace of Justice) and eventually leads to the bustling ambience of the ‘European District’, home to all things EU and a businesslike ambience to suit. The whole thing was polished to a glimmering shine as part of Brussels successful bid to become the European capital of culture in 2000, and to date the city’s aging buildings manage to look as shiny and new as they have in years.

      Of course, it wouldn’t be Belgium without a huge array of succulent smelling chocolate shops, each home to its own long-practiced specialties and selling what invariable amounts to the richest and most addictive chocolate you’re ever likely to try. The chocolates play their role in Brussels addictive café culture, too, appearing next to your coffee on the riverside, while Brussels beer customs – another of Belgium’s alluring exports – are strong and vibrant, too.

      Belgium’s Europe-wide reputation is that the country’s boring, and somehow less worthy of visiting than nearby Holland or romantic France. While Brussels certainly has a slower pace to it, there’s no denying that it’s now at the heart of European progress, and the city center and its highly personalized products are as alluring as anywhere.

      Brussels is the capital of Belgium with a population of about 1 million while the population of Brussels cosmopolitan district is about 2 million. The official languages of the city are French and Dutch but those who speak French are in the majority. As a result of this, there are two names for every street and they may not sound the same.

      English is also commonly spoken due to the presence of some international institutions like the European Parliament, NATO and European Commission. However, it is important for you to note that tourist or general information is not written in English. Majority of train stations make use of French and Dutch for public announcements but larger stations like Zuidstation/Gare Du Midi will include English and at times German. On trams, buses and metros, English is used at the last resort for passing across information like terminal stops and line transfers. If you think you don't understand what is being said, you should ask from those close you.

      Brussels, Belgium
    • Council of the European Union
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      Council of the European Union Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Jeanneke-Pis
      Jeanneke Pis is a contemporary fountain as well as statue situated at the eastern part of the Impasse de la Fidélité / Getrouwheidsgang (Fidelity Alley). It depicts a small girl in short pigtail hair squatting and peeing in an apparent, contented manner. It was erected in 1987 and has been a source of amusement for strollers since then.
      Jeanneke-Pis Impasse de la Fidélité 10-12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Art & History Museum
      This museum is one of the best places to be in Brussels. It boasts of an array of art items from various civilizations of the world. It was founded in 1835 and the gate fee is €5 for adults.
      Art & History Museum 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace)

      The Statue of Europe, also known as Unity in Peace, is a statue which indicates the harmony of Europe. It is located at the backyard of Convent Van Maerlant Van Maerlant Street, in the European Quarter of Brussels and it validates the slogan of the European Union (EU), Unity in Assortment.

      Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace) Rue Van Maerlant 26, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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    Climate near Mechelen

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    Graphic showing average weather in Mechelen in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 3.1 68 37.6 26.8
    Feb 3.4 52.3 38.1 20.6
    Mar 6.3 50.1 43.3 19.7
    Apr 9.2 53.3 48.6 21
    May 13.7 54.9 56.7 21.6
    Jun 16.2 67.7 61.2 26.7
    Jul 18.1 80 64.6 31.5
    Aug 17.4 75.3 63.3 29.6
    Sep 14.9 67.7 58.8 26.7
    Oct 10.7 75.3 51.3 29.6
    Nov 6.2 75.6 43.2 29.8
    Dec 3.9 77.2 39 30.4

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