Just a stone’s throw from Mechelen you’ll find yourself surrounded by scenic countryside, but you will also see scars of the First World War. Each of the villages around the city-on-the Dyle has its own identity: from picturesque village squares, through peaceful hiking and cycling country, to Burgundian agricultural communities. In the pages that follow you will discover what characterizes the villages and which particular sights you should look out for, with tips from local residents. Your visit to Battel, Heffen, Hombeek, Leest, Muizen and Walem starts here!

Discover the villages of Mechelen with these detailed cycling and walking routes.

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