On our boat, you get an excellent view on the inner city of Mechelen
Our tours take off near the footbridge between “Vismarkt” and “Haverwerf”. Than we go under de “Kraanbrug” (Bridge of the Crane) and through the beautiful Yachting club. Further on outside the old city ramparts, we see the remarkable Old Public Swimming pool, build in 1915. Also the lock, with a direct access to the North Sea, by the river “Schelde”. Now we are going back in the inner city, with all the modern apartments and lofts along the river, the place to be in this town.
Then we sail along the former brewery Lamot, and we go under the “Hoogbrug” the oldest stone bridge in Flanders (1230). A bit further we see old warehouses, where in earlier days shipyards were installed. Also further on the old Monastery of Diependael, where already in the 12th century our first hospital was active.
Once we passed the old “Fonteinbrug” (Fountain Bridge) we are in the calms of the botanical garden, and, at the end, the rest of some old watermills.
Back now, with a magnificent view on the two churches along the river: the Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk, and the Church of Our Lady by the Dijle. After that, we see the old wooden facades of “De Steur” (the sturgeon), “De Waag” (the scale), and in Renaissance style: “De Zalm” (the salmon).
And so, after 40 minutes, we come back at the jetty, and the Fish market, with all his cosy bars and terraces.