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City break in Mechelen. Active leisure ideas for Mechelen - attractions, recreation and nightlife

Besides exploring interesting historical attractions, Mechelen's guests can enjoy many more entertainments. Not far from the city center is the main city zoo Planckendael, which would be of interest to tourists with children and all nature enthusiasts. The zoo is located in a very picturesque area, once the land it occupied was privately owned by the famous Flemish artist Michiel Coxie. A beautiful landscape garden with a system of artificial ponds and canals was founded here under his leadership. At the beginning of the 19th century, the beautiful estate with a garden got new owners who decided to build elite stables and breed rare horse breeds here.
1. Mechelen can be easily reached from nearby Brussels or Antwerp. There are regular regular rail and bus services between these cities. 2. The city is famous for the variety of … Open
In 1956, the estate was transferred to the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, and soon it was decided to establish a branch of one of the country's largest zoos on its grounds. Now it is one of the largest and most beautiful in Belgium presenting animals from all over the globe. Here you can see Australian capybaras and rare Chilean flamingos, penguins and exotic tropical animals. Like many years ago, the nature park features a beautiful landscape design, animal enclosures are equipped among majestic trees and bushes.
A great place to relax in the fresh air is Tivoli Park. It is another historic park where, besides beautiful plants, you can see several preserved historic structures. Now Tivoli Park is attractive not only for picturesque landscapes but also for its unique collection of rare plants. Summer is the best time to wander through these places. Copyright
If all Mechelen's natural sights do not seem enough, you can always go explore Georges Henri Park in the immediate environs. It is very large and was formed in a natural area many years ago. In the present-day park, you can see many centuries-old trees, the park is well equipped for hiking and cycling. Acquaintance with its several symbolic monuments would be an interesting way to diversify leisure. The park offers specially equipped picnic areas, and thanks to the large scale, you can always find a place for a secluded rest. In summer, interesting recreational centers with rope towns and sports grounds open in many local parks.
Sint-Jan de Doperkerk, Mechelen Technopolis is a popular center among tourists with children in Mechelen. It is something between a science museum and an entertainment center in the usual sense of the word. Interesting activities are organized here for children of different ages. They conduct informative excursions, during which kids can get acquainted with the basics of various sciences and try out some interactive exhibits. The center provides play rooms for the smallest equipped with safe inflatable attractions, as well as several rooms with entertainment for older children.
Mechelen cannot offer an abundance of large shopping centers, but there are many small interesting shops here. On the main city square, you will find a large Het Mechels gift shop where they … Open
In the warm season, active travelers would be happy to explore the nearby town of Boortmeerbeek where one of the country's largest paintball clubs is located. You will find it in a beautiful forest with great playgrounds equipped for visitors. After the game, everyone can enjoy special barbecue sites. Many popular hiking trails start at the sports facility.
Mechelen cannot offer a variety of night clubs, while bars remain popular nightlife spots among locals. Some restaurants welcome visitors until late at night. Beer lovers will be interested in De Gouden Vis Bar delighting them with a wide selection of drinks brought from various regions of Belgium. It serves special beers from the main local brewery, which cannot be tried in other cities of the country. The bar attracts visitors with a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to a large selection of specialties and snacks, you can organize a great late dinner here.
This Belgian town has recently become very popular among Russian tourists. Since ancient times Mechelen has been famous for bell art. Many bells manufactured by local artists are installed … Open
In a beautiful historic building on one of the main streets of the city is the popular bar De Borrel Babbel. Its main visitors are locals who come here to drink a mug of their favorite beer and try original cocktails. At this bar, they often arrange interesting entertainment programs with the participation of local musicians and artists.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Mechelen and surroundings

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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Mechelen
♥   National Park 'Grenspark de Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide' , 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Oosterschelde' , 77.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' , 82.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Loonse en Drunense Duinen' , 82.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Scarpe-Escaut' , 98 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks near Mechelen
♥   Amusement park 'Expo ’58' Brussels, 17.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'ZoetWaterPark' Oud-Heverlee, 26.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Speelstad Rotterdam' Rotterdam, 34.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Bobbejaanland' Lichtaart, 35.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Walibi Belgium' Wavre, 37.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all aquaparks
Water attractions around Mechelen
♥   Water park 'Océade' Brussels, 17.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Aqualibi' Wavre, 38 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Aquafun SunParks' Mol, 54.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Splesj' Hoeven, 60.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'AquaMundo Center Parcs De Vossemeren' Lommel, 64.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Mechelen
♥   Restaurant '’t Witte Goud' Leest. Type - Market cuisine|Modern cuisine. 3.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Kasteel Diependael' Elewijt. Type - Modern cuisine. 7.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Nuance' Duffel. Type - Creative. 7.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Pastorale' Reet. Type - Creative. 8.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'De Schalk' Willebroek. Type - Modern French. 8.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Guide to your best city break in Mechelen - popular places for recreation and leisure. Things to do during the day in Mechelen - attractions, parks, beaches, aquaparks, racing tracks, biking trails or waterski. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) where to spend your time in the evening (bars, discos, clubs, etc.). We share some good ideas and the question 'What to do in Mechelen?' disappears immediately. - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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