Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Mechelen, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 12 sights
Distance 3.2 km
Ascend 39 m
Descend 44 m

Explore Mechelen in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Mechelen

Sight 1: Schepenhuis

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Schepenhuis Original uploader was BrianKgs at nl.wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Schepenhuis of Mechelen, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, is a building where the city's aldermen held their meetings in the Middle Ages. It is located on the edge of the Grote Markt, between the latter and the IJzerenleen and is considered the first stone 'town hall' of Flanders.

Wikipedia: Schepenhuis, Mechelen (EN), Website, Heritage Website

36 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 2: Margaretha van Oostenrijk

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Margaretha van Oostenrijk

Archduchess Margaret of Austria was Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1507 to 1515 and again from 1519 to 1530. She was the first of many female regents in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (EN)

209 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 3: De Maan

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Beeldsmederij De Maan is a Mechelen puppet and puppet theatre for young and old. The artistic and general director is Stef De Paepe since 2013, and the scenographer is Paul Contryn, puppeteer and maker, and son of Louis Contryn. It is a non-profit organisation that receives support from the Flemish government, the city of Mechelen and the province of Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Beeldsmederij De Maan (NL), Website

144 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: St. Rumbold's Cathedral

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St. Rumbold's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic metropolitan archiepiscopal cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium, dedicated to Saint Rumbold, Christian missionary and martyr who founded an abbey nearby. His remains are rumoured to be buried inside the cathedral. State-of-the-art examination of the relics honoured as Saint Rumbold's and kept in a shrine in the retro-choir, showed a life span of about 40 years and a death date between 580 and 655, while tradition had claimed 775 AD.

Wikipedia: St. Rumbold's Cathedral (EN), Website, Url, Heritage Website

138 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Aartsbisschoppelijk paleis

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Aartsbisschoppelijk paleis Vlaamse Gemeenschap / CC BY 4.0

The Archbishop's Palace of Mechelen is the residence of the Archbishops of Mechelen. It is located on the Wollemarkt in Mechelen, near the Grote Markt. The palace dates back to the 18th century and has seen numerous renovations. The style of the building is classicism, which is reflected in the following characteristics: sober façade construction, a lot of horizontalism and a U-shaped floor plan. The palace shows influences of Italian architecture. At the back there is a very large garden.

Wikipedia: Aartsbisschoppelijk Paleis van Mechelen (NL), Heritage Website

200 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Sint-Janskerk

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The Sint-Janskerk is a 15th-century Gothic church in Mechelen. This church is dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. The spire is 55.5 meters high and is surrounded by four small turrets

Wikipedia: Sint-Janskerk (Mechelen) (NL), Heritage Website

426 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 7: Sint-Pieter-en-Paulkerk

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St. Peter and Paul's Church is a Baroque church on the Veemarkt in Mechelen, built between 1669 and 1694 according to plans by the Jesuit Antoon Losson. Officially, it is called the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on Visitation to St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Next to it is the Court of Cambrai, the former residence of Margaret of York and on the other side the Court of Savoy, the former residence of Margaret of Austria.

Wikipedia: Sint-Pieters-en-Pauluskerk (Mechelen) (NL), Heritage Website

374 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 8: Museum Hof van Busleyden

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Museum Hof van Busleyden is a museum in the Belgian city of Mechelen, housed in the City Palace Hof van Busleyden. Since 1936, the Stedelijk Museum Mechelen has been called Museum Hof van Busleyden since 1936. After a major restoration, the museum reopens in the spring of 2024 with a renewed fixed set -up, re -arranged gardens and new temporary exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Museum Hof van Busleyden (NL), Website, Opening Hours, Heritage Website

622 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 9: Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet

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Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet

The Kazerne Dossin Holocaust memorial is the only part of the Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights established within the former Mechelen transit camp of World War II, from which, in German-occupied Belgium, arrested Jews and Romani were sent to concentration camps. The aforementioned museum and documentation centre are housed in a new purpose-built complex across the public square.

Wikipedia: Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre (EN)

585 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 10: Begijnhofkerk Sint-Alexius en Catharina

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The Begijnhofkerk is a church that is part of the Begijnhof of the Belgian city of Mechelen.

Wikipedia: Begijnhofkerk (Mechelen) (NL), Heritage Website

94 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Groot Begijnhof Mechelen

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The Great Beguinage of Mechelen was founded in the 13th century and has been located within the city walls since the end of the 16th century.

Wikipedia: Groot Begijnhof Mechelen (NL), Heritage Website

411 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 12: Van der Valk Hotel

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Van der Valk Hotel Michiel1972 / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Swimming Dock in Mechelen was a swimming pool from its opening in 1924 until its closure in 2001. Since then, the building, which was built in the Art Nouveau style, has been empty. The building, located on the Rode Kruisplein and on the retaining dock of the Binnendijle, is a protected monument.

Wikipedia: Zwemdok (Mechelen) (NL), Website, Heritage Website


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