Mechelen is a major municipality that lies 25 kilometres between Brussels and Antwerp in the province of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium. This industrial hotspot is also regarded as a presiding presence of historical art. Mechelen is renowned for its expertise in the creation of lace, wood carvings and furniture. Deep cultural roots reflected in intricate architecture make this exquisite city a popular tourist destination.
Prominent places of interest are highlighted by St. Rumbold's Cathedral dedicated to the famous Christian missionary and the City Museum, which includes the Brusselpoort, the Schepenhuis and the Hof van Busleyden. Other unique tourist attractions include the Mechelen Toy Museum and Planckendael Zoo. In addition, the Botanical Gardens boast a marble statue of the botanist Rembert Dodoens.
The Mechelen Central Train Station routes from major nearby cities and is a short walk outside of downtown. An additional station in the Muizen area makes for comprehensive city access. Taxis, buses and walking are also efficient ways of getting around.
Inhabitation of the Mechelen area dates back to the Gallo-Roman period with the construction of the cathedral in 1200. The city gained commercial power during the Late Middle Ages due to its contributions to the prestigious cloth trade during that time.