During a period in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Netherlands was ruled from Mechelen, and the city fulfilled the function of the administrative capital of the Netherlands (established by Margaret of Austria (1480-1530)). This period contributed to the extensive art collection and several remarkable buildings.

Many of these beautiful and remarkable buildings now house beautiful museums or you can just visit them

In any case, you will certainly find what you are looking for in and around Mechelen regarding your cultural interpretation of your stay, we have already made a selection below of what we think is worthwhile.

  1. St. Rumbold's Tower
  2. Hof van Busleyden Museum
  3. Barracks Dossin
  4. Palace of Margaret of Austria
  5. Great Beguinage
  6. 8 Historic churches
  7. Winter garden Ursulines (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver)
  8. Dyle path

But it doesn't have to stop there ... go for a walk and pass all the sights with our Burgundian walk “In the footsteps of Margareta” here download or take a nice walk along the 8 Historic churches here.

Extra tip: on the website of Visit Mechelen you will find many more cultural activities.


Mechelen, the capital of the Burgundian Netherlands in the distant past ... but fortunately we are still Burgundian, what a wonderful selection of nice restaurants we have in our city, something for every price category and taste, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a nice café.

Plenty of choice ... below are some of our tips:

To dine:

  1. La Boya
  2. M-Eatery
  3. La Vigna
  4. The Chick
  5. Lam'eau
  6. Tinèlle
  7. Cosma
  8. Meat hall
  9. The Fortuyne
  10. Pinxtos

Breakfast / Lunch:

  1. Sweet!
  2. Foom
  3. Bar Bib
  4. Midday
  5. Grà


  1. The Golden Fish
  2. Kaffee Zapoi
  3. Kuub
  4. Unwined
  5. O'Fiach


Mechelen is alive, and you notice it! You shop there outdoors, in small specialty stores or at well-known brands.

Immerse yourself in the city's diverse range of shops.

In the center everything is within walking distance!

Shopping in Mechelen is much more than walking on the famous shopping street de Bruul. For example, be surprised by the trendy boutiques in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat or discover various products and crafts at authentic traders.

You can find more information about shopping in Mechelen here.