During a period in the fifth and sixteenth centuries, the Netherlands were ruled from Mechelen, and the city fulfilled the function of administrative capital of the Netherlands (established by Margaret of Austria). This period has contributed to the extensive art collection and several remarkable buildings.
The city has the second highest number of listed buildings in Flanders, including four UNESCO entries: St Rumbold’s Tower, the Grand Beguinage, the Belfry and the Carillon Culture with the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn, the oldest and largest carillon school in the world.Many other places of interest:The children’s toys Museum, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Winter Garden Ursulines, Kazerne Dossin, 8 Historic churches, and nature reserve “Mechels Broek”.
Weekly market on Saturday morning on the large market. Every first Sunday of the month, the shops in the city center open their doors from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.