Our running tour in Mechelen will leave you energised for sure. Not only do you get a good workout, but you also have an opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. In addition to a beautiful, historic centre, Mechelen has many green areas too. Overall, whether you come on a day trip, participate in a conference or are here for business, you will explore the very best of what this hidden gem has to offer. Moreover, this tour is for all levels at a gentle pace. Therefore, the distance can vary. If you are an experienced runner, we recommend you to book a private tour, so you can tailor your experience. Please send your request by filling out our contact form.
Mechelen is a true jewel and ideally located for a day trip from Brussels and Antwerp (each less than half an hour) or Ghent (1 hour) by train. It should be noted that the city has 2 stations: the main train station Mechelen (15 min. walk to the city centre) and a smaller one called Mechelen-Nekkerspoel (10. mins walk). From Mechelen station you can also take bus 1 to the Main Square (Grote Markt).
Once the centre of wealth in the Late Middle Ages and capital of the Burgundian Low Countries in the 16th century, Mechelen is today a booming city with plenty of attractions and must-see quarters. Moreover, it was awarded the European Green Leaf Award in 2020, which it shares with Limerick, Ireland. The Award is an initiative from the EU and praises cities that are focusing on sustainability and green growth, for instance. Consequently, you do do not want to miss out on the chance to explore this place!
Our running tour in Mechelen is one of the best things to do to discover the city. For that reason, there is no fixed itinerary, so you can tailor it to your needs and interests. As a result, no tour is ever the same. First, you start with a brief introduction and warm-up at the city’s most beautiful square (Grote Markt). Here you can let your guide know your preferences. Do you wish to stay in the centre? Or perhaps you want to go where the locals go running? Second, we start the main run. It covers Mechelen must-sees and landmarks. For example the 13th century St. Rumbold’s Cathedral, Bruul (the shopping district), Ijzerenleen (where the old fish market was located), the new fish market (Vismarkt) and Dyle path (along the Dyle river) to name a few.
However, Mechelen is more than just a pretty centre. The city has many green spots too that are a runner’s paradise, also for locals. One of these is the Vrijbroek for example. This green lung around the edges of the city is 65 hectares and lets you admire some beautiful plants and a pond in the middle. Equally stunning is nature reserve Mechels Broek, where trail running is key. This area is 100 hectares and gives you pretty views of the Mechelen skyline. Running in Mechelen is definitely worth your while! Last but not least, we finish this tour with a cool down and stretch.
This fun activity combines sightseeing and running and is therefore suitable for all levels. We make stops regularly for historical facts, a sip of water and photo opportunities. Get ready for this outdoorsy event and to work up some sweat!
It is possible to book a private running tour in Mechelen. If you prefer a different running time, wish to tailor your tour, want to bring your children or a group of friends or if the minimum number of participants is not met, a private booking offers you an ideal situation. An extra fee is charged per person. You can call +44 (0) 7783 152151 or fill out our contact form for more information. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
|All year round|
|Monday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Thursday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Friday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||07:00 am, 10:00 am, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm|
|Last Admission||6:00 pm|