Without using too much Hyperbole it is possible to call Mechelen Belgium’s most underrated city. It has one of the country’s most impressive cathedrals, lots of stunning churches and it is the seat of the country’s archbishop. Add in riverside walking, art galleries, good food and stunning Baroque houses and you have all the ingredients of a European classic.
It may not have the same allure as Bruges and it may not be as atmospheric as Brussels but it is also less crowded and far more affordable. If you have been to the above-mentioned cities and are willing to give another Belgian city a chance; you should head to Mechelen straight away.
Lets explore the best things to do in Mechelen:
1. Admire the St-Romboutskathedraal
The name of this cathedral is certainly a mouthful but don’t let that put you off.
Standing tall in the Grote Market, but visible throughout the entire city, the St-Romboutskathedraal stands just shy of 100 metres tall.
Summiting the tower involves climbing 500 steps and can take over half an hour even for those with good fitness levels.
The views from the top of well worth it however, just try to visit on a dry day as there is no shelter from the elements at the top.