With a population of 80,000, the city of Mechelen is located in the south of the Antwerp province, on the banks of the River Dyle and the Louvain Canal. The city is bursting with history and boasts a large number of listed buildings as a testament to its importance, including three town halls or Schepenhuizen (Alderman's Houses).
Its most famous civil monuments are the Grand-Place (main square), the Palaces of Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria and the Beguine convents, as well as the Brusselpoort (Brussels Gate). The city of Mechelen is easily accessible, as the E19 motorway that links Brussels and Antwerp runs right through the municipality.
In terms of daily life, Mechelen boasts several football, basketball and even handball clubs. The city is also an important educational hub, with nearly 18,000 children attending nurseries, primary and secondary schools, as well as over 20,000 students and apprentices in non-compulsory education.