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Flemish Art Cities - Five brothers and sisters with their own characters. Completely different, but with a common history. Five quirky Flemish art cities, which together have world-class heritage.

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Flemish Art Cities - Five brothers and sisters with their own characters. Completely different, but with a common history. Five quirky Flemish art cities, which together have world-class heritage.

Flemish Art Cities
Mechelen is one of a number of Flemish Art Cities. Visit these cities and you cannot fail to succumb to the charms of the lovely historic centres brimming over with monuments and to enter into the typical Burgundian spirit of ebullience and joie de vivre. Mechelen's central location makes it the perfect base from which to visit other cities of art. For example, Mechelen is under 25km from Antwerp, Leuven and Brussels. Bruges and Ghent may seem a long way off, but if you take the train, you'll be in Ghent in less than an hour and in Bruges in one-and-a-half hours. In fact, you'll be there before you know it!
Now the second city in Belgium and the second port in Europe, Antwerp was one of the largest cultural and commercial centres in Europe in the 17th century. The city still has many outstanding buildings dating from this period. Antwerp is also world famous for being the capital of the diamond trade. To see in Antwerp: MAS (museum about the history of the city), Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the zoo, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the port, Rubens' House, the Fashion Museum, the Red Star Line Museum, etc.
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Antwerp
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Now the second city in Belgium and the second port in Europe, Antwerp was one of the largest cultural and commercial centres in Europe in the 17th century. The city still has many outstanding buildings dating from this period. Antwerp is also world famous for being the capital of the diamond trade. To see in Antwerp: MAS (museum about the history of the city), Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the zoo, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the port, Rubens' House, the Fashion Museum, the Red Star Line Museum, etc.
Capital city of beer, good taste and shopping enjoyment, but also the guardian of religious and cultural heritage and centre of expertise and innovation. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned city-tripper, a cultural values hunter or a fervent shopper, you will always find your needs more than adequately met in Leuven. To see in Leuven : the Town Hall, the Saint-Peter’s Church, the M-Museum Leuven (historical and contemporary art), the Oude Markt, a Brewery visit, the University Library, the Botanical Garden, the Great Beguinage…
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Leuven
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Capital city of beer, good taste and shopping enjoyment, but also the guardian of religious and cultural heritage and centre of expertise and innovation. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned city-tripper, a cultural values hunter or a fervent shopper, you will always find your needs more than adequately met in Leuven. To see in Leuven : the Town Hall, the Saint-Peter’s Church, the M-Museum Leuven (historical and contemporary art), the Oude Markt, a Brewery visit, the University Library, the Botanical Garden, the Great Beguinage…
The capital of Belgium and of the European Union, Brussels was also one of the capitals of Art Nouveau at the start of the 20th century. It is also the comic book capital, with its comic book route bearing witness to the inventiveness of Belgian illustrators, and it is also the capital of surrealism boasting great names such as Magritte, Scutenaire and Mariën. To see in Brussels: the Grand-place, the Museum of Ancient Art, the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sts-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the European district and the Parlamentarium, the Galeries Royales, Manneken-Pis, the Belgian Comic Book Centre, the Horta Museum, Mini-Europe, the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), etc.
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Brussels
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The capital of Belgium and of the European Union, Brussels was also one of the capitals of Art Nouveau at the start of the 20th century. It is also the comic book capital, with its comic book route bearing witness to the inventiveness of Belgian illustrators, and it is also the capital of surrealism boasting great names such as Magritte, Scutenaire and Mariën. To see in Brussels: the Grand-place, the Museum of Ancient Art, the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sts-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the European district and the Parlamentarium, the Galeries Royales, Manneken-Pis, the Belgian Comic Book Centre, the Horta Museum, Mini-Europe, the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), etc.
The birthplace of Charles Quint, Ghent used to be the capital of the powerful County of Flanders. Built at the confluence of the Scheldt and the Lys, Ghent benefits from a sumptuous architectural heritage as well as an extremely dynamic industrial and university centre. To see in Ghent: The Quai aux Herbes, the belfry, the Halle aux Draps, the Counts' Castle, St-Bavon Cathedral and the famous painting of the Lamb of God, the STAM (Ghent City Museum), the Town Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK), etc.
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Ghent
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The birthplace of Charles Quint, Ghent used to be the capital of the powerful County of Flanders. Built at the confluence of the Scheldt and the Lys, Ghent benefits from a sumptuous architectural heritage as well as an extremely dynamic industrial and university centre. To see in Ghent: The Quai aux Herbes, the belfry, the Halle aux Draps, the Counts' Castle, St-Bavon Cathedral and the famous painting of the Lamb of God, the STAM (Ghent City Museum), the Town Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK), etc.
The "Venice of the North" has nothing to envy from its Italian colleague, with its canals, its many medieval buildings and its Béguinage. A city with a prosperous trade and world famous lace work, Bruges saw the invention of the stock exchange, the first building of which can still be seen. To see in Bruges: the belfry, the Groeninge Museum, the Memling Museum, the Béguinage, Saint-Sang Basilica, the Gruuthuse Museum, the Hanse neighbourhood, etc.
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Brugge
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The "Venice of the North" has nothing to envy from its Italian colleague, with its canals, its many medieval buildings and its Béguinage. A city with a prosperous trade and world famous lace work, Bruges saw the invention of the stock exchange, the first building of which can still be seen. To see in Bruges: the belfry, the Groeninge Museum, the Memling Museum, the Béguinage, Saint-Sang Basilica, the Gruuthuse Museum, the Hanse neighbourhood, etc.
The many palaces and ancient buildings which line the banks of the Dyle bear witness to the architectural treasures of the city which was at its zenith in the 15th and 16th centuries. The seat of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, the town also offers some very beautiful religious buildings, such as the cathedral, several churches and the béguinages. To see in Mechelen: St-Rombaut Cathedral, the Grand-Place, the Grand Béguinage, the Town Hall, the Royal Tapestry Manufacturers De Wit, the Hof van Busleyden, the Palace of Margaret of Austria, the Toy Museum, etc.
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Mechelen
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The many palaces and ancient buildings which line the banks of the Dyle bear witness to the architectural treasures of the city which was at its zenith in the 15th and 16th centuries. The seat of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, the town also offers some very beautiful religious buildings, such as the cathedral, several churches and the béguinages. To see in Mechelen: St-Rombaut Cathedral, the Grand-Place, the Grand Béguinage, the Town Hall, the Royal Tapestry Manufacturers De Wit, the Hof van Busleyden, the Palace of Margaret of Austria, the Toy Museum, etc.