Mechelen is a modest but historically significant Flemish city nestled between Antwerp’s massive seaport and Brussels’ ever-expanding capital.
However, it is not dominated by these heavyweight destinations.
In fact, you could argue it manages to ring out loud and clear above both of their clamour.
Not just because it is the home of the Royal Carillon School of Jef Denyn, but also because it is a centre of Flemish arts, with intriguing past and wonderful architecture (with more ‘listed’ structures per square metre than even Bruges).
The bell-tower (or carillon) at Mechelen was only half-finished when it was built, but it is still the world’s oldest and largest bell-ringing school.