Its carillon school is world-renowned, training students from all over the world in the art of playing carillons, sets of 24 or more bells hung in church towers.Shops downtown are often housed in buildings with the old-style Flemish architecture, but offer edgy fashions sure to appeal to the younger generation.Mechelen is developing into the center of non-profit or non-governmental organizations for Flanders.
This is mainly because it's very easily reachable (by train or by highway) but not as expensive as Brussels. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels.
Inhabitants are called "Maneblussers" (moon-extinguishers). The story goes that one day long time ago the moonlight was shining on the unfinished St.-Romboutstoren and that some people thought it was burning. Just outside the main train station you'll find a bus station with connections to many places in the vicinity. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!
The whole city was mobilized to extinguish the fire but there was no fire to extinguish. From Brussels and Antwerp it takes about 25 minutes. The city center is about 15 minutes walk from the train station.
Mechelen is a very compact city, so you can reach most places on foot.
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