Spotlight on Mechelen

issue4-013With an expert guide, Alan Hope takes a tour of the city that takes in breweries, cheese and religious orders

Antwerp’s provincial tourism office has put together a Gouden Carolus cycle route with three possibilities – the basic 58km route and two shorter routes of 27km and 48km. The tour starts at the brewery Het Anker, where parking is available across the road. The first section of the tour covers the city of Mechelen, including sights that are not beer-related, such as the palace of Margaret of Austria and the Hof van Busleyden city museum.