St. Rumbold's Cathedral
St. Rumbold's Cathedral
4.5
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Rachel N
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
St Rumbolds Catherdral is so impressive and a true feast for the eyes. We loved that there was a small art exhibition on at the time to explore. We also decided to go up the tower - I would definitely recommend this as the views were incredible. The journey up was eased by a few stops to explore the history and artefacts of the cathedral which added interest to the experience.
Written April 11, 2022
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JWidmann
Frederick, MD39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Beautiful gothic cathedral, with tower containing two carillons, both at the disposal of the Koninklijke Beiaardschool "Jef Denyn", the largest and finest such school in the world. The lower carillon (Beiaard) is the "Oude" (old) one, which is tuned in mean-tone, and has the bells of several founders. The upper "neiuwe" (new) beiaard was all cast by Koninklijke Eijsbouts in the Netherlands in 1981, and is in modern tuning. When you hear the clock strike tunes played from the automatic drum, you hear the old carillon's bells. When you hear someone playing, it is usually on the new carillon. Inside the cathedral, you should not miss all of the artwork treasures, and hear the organ designed and dedicated by long-time cathedral organist Flor Peeters. After you see the carillons, you can ascend to the top of the tower and get the finest view of all directions of Mechelen and far beyond from the "Skywalk" on the top of the tower.
Written November 5, 2021
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands7,404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Having been inside, when I was cycling to Santiago de Compostella, I was more then delighted to bring this magnificent cathedral another visit. This time, my wife and I climbed the 536 stairs to the top. Which is definitely a nice thing to do.

Very interesting to learn more about the cathedral, it's origin and purpose over the years. Its history is rich. The view up from the tower is fantastic. You can see both Brussels and Antwerp and of course the views of Mechelen are wonderful too. Due to the Corona measures a mouth mask is mandatory.
Written June 30, 2020
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Mittal Shah
Mumbai, India82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The Cathedral is amazing. It is like any traditional big Cathedral but has been well maintained.

The best part is going at the top of the tower. The view from the top of the tower is amazing. The day we went up was sunny and hence it was even better but whatever the weather the climb up should not be missed.

En route there are good pits stop and take a breath and read and immerse in the history.
Written March 26, 2020
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CHUNARAG
London, UK514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Mechelen is situated in Belgium - one of the Flander' prominent cities of historical interest, the others are Antwerp, Brugge,Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. During the northern renaissance, Mechelen flourished with painters and printmakers, prior to that it was the wool, tapestry, wood carving, sculpting, lace making and carillon, a musical instrument made locally that thrived in this town. The archeological discovery of canoe made from the oak tree trunk and several wooden houses could mean there were early settlers in this wetland. There is also further evidence on the banks of the river of the Roman settlement (ruins and roads) in the 1st century AD. After the Romans left during the 4th century AD, the Germanic tribes inhabited the area. The city of Mechelen was founded in the middle ages on the banks of the river Dijle which flows through the city. It is a pleasant Flemish town that belonged to the Duke of Brabant and today it is the resident of the present Archibishop hence the religious capital of Belgium. Must see: The large Market Square or the Grote Markt scattered with many restaurants, bars, cafes and chocolate shops; City Hall, St Rumbold's Cathedral with the impressive medieval incomplete tower due to the town's financial problems in the 16th century and the typical dutch/flemish gabled buildings built in the 15th and the 16th centuries. The statue of Neptune also a fountain was sculpted by Frans Langhemans a local artist. The impressive medieval City Gate as you enter Mechelen as well as the medieval Dyle Bridge. Check out other eateries situated just outside the Market Square near the Neptune Fountain if you fancy Chinese noodles or Turkish kebabs. Margatet of York, Anne Boleyn, Charles V, John Heywood (english poet), Lodewijk van Beethoven grandfather of Ludwig, to name a few late residents of Mechelen. The locals speak a dialect known as Mechilnian, the other being Brabantic. A real gem in the heart of Belgium.
Written May 8, 2014
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LaraTheCat
Zemst, Belgium75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
It's a really beautiful view, on a clear day you're even able to see the Atomium in Brussels. There are a few stops along the way where you can learn some things about the bells or the tower. It's a very cheap way to spend a few hours, you get an amazing view and learn some new stuff. They provide little games for children along the way up too, which is pretty nice. I would recommend it if you're okay with doing a lot of stairs (i really mean a lot!) and if you're not afraid of heights.
Written April 14, 2019
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RichardN28
Bushey, UK519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
We braved the October weather to climb the c530 steps to see the views at the top. It was a clear (but cold) day so it was worth it. There were a few rooms to stop in on the way up to catch a breather and adnire the architecture / inner workings. It was worth the climb and we could see the Atomium (c15km away) plus all around.
You also got to see the catherdral - well worth a visit.
You paid to go up the tower, but the catherdral was free.
Written October 30, 2012
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Lillymungkorn
Bangkok, Thailand493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
It is a beautiful and transquil place. During our visit, there is a moon exhibition which is very stunning.
Written January 10, 2020
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laorajj
La Coruna, Spain70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The visit to the tower is really nice. It can be only done by the stairs (not elevator). The views from the top are great!
Written August 7, 2019
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Andrey L
Pétange, Luxembourg42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
If you visit this cathedral you should certainly go to the tower. The internal interiors of the church aren't so remarkable in my opinion, as tower's interiors and around 550 steps of the ancient spiral stairs.
Written June 30, 2019
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