It is a very charming, little medieval city which has preserved most ot its original aspects. The city’s authorities are also working hard to preserve it and make it a place worth living in. They not only preserve the historical aspects, but are ensuring it is pleasant to visit, live here. Many places are reserved for pedestrians, there are numerous flowers all around MECHELEN. They also organise many cultural happenings such as Maanrock festival at the end of august (2 days music festival in the heart of the city with 3 different podiums in different locations scattered around the city). The 2005 edition was so successfull the police had to block the center of the city for security reasons linked to the crowd which had floded to MECHELEN. This summer, they also organised music concerts in one of the city parcs every thursday night during 2 months. All free ! As well as the Ottertrottenfestival in the beginning of the summer in the northern outskirts.
over 7 years ago
The city hosts a world famous chime school, and is separated in 2 by the Dyle river. The canal to LEUVEN is also desserving MECHELEN.
It is also very dynamic has an economic region : it has 2 industrials parks at it’s outskirts with same high profile companies such as biotech.
MECHELEN is also ideally situated at the heart of one of the most richest region of Europe, half way between BRUSSELS (capital of the European Union, with many international organisations and multinational headquarters) and ANTWERP (famous for its sea harbour and diamond business, important industrial and logistical node). Both cities are situated at 25 km, as is LEUVEN/LOUVAIN. In the 3 city/town you find renowned universities. The LEUVEN university is even one of the oldest of Europe (around 700 years old).
BRUGGE/BRUGES or GHENT are only an hour drive away. As is ROTTERDAM, one of the biggest seaport in the world. PARIS is 4 hours away by car, but only 2 hours by train.
The Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) and Deurne regional airport (Antwerp) are both located at less then 30 min by car.