President’s Reception

Thursday 22 February 2018  -  18h00 - 20h00

The president would be honoured to welcome congress participants and assistants
to the reception that will take place in the beautiful 'Keldermanszaal' in the city hall of Mechelen.

A 5 minute walk from the Lamot congress venue will lead you through the cite centre to the city hall.
A route description can be found at the registration desk on Thursday.

The reception is free of charge but registration is required (see registration form).

Social Programme

If you have climbed them before, you will know that braving the 538 steps of Saint Rumbold’s Tower is definitely worthwhile. The skywalk offers breathtaking views of the grand surroundings of Mechelen. When the weather is clear, you can even see the port of Antwerp and the Atomium in Brussels.

The 'Grote Markt' is the central square in Mechelen. It is bordered by dozens of historic buildings, such as the City Hall, the Clothmakers' Hall and the Belfry.

The 'Schepenhuis' is one of the oldest buildings in Mechelen and a show-piece of the city’s illustrious past. The building now houses the Mechelen city museum.

Palace of Margaretha van Oostenrijk
Margaretha van Oostenrijk, the aunt of Emperor Charles V, ruled the Low Countries between 1507 and 1530. Today, her palace serves as Mechelen’s courthouse. 

The Great Beguinage
The Great Beguinage of Mechelen shows you the life of the beguines in a unique architectural setting. The charm of the small streets and the magnificent architecture are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage.

Mechelen’s churches
Mechelen has eight churches, all of which are well worth a visit, both for their architecture and for their masterpieces. Do you like Rubens? Then, you can marvel at ‘De aanbidding van de drie wijzen' (The Adoration of the Magi) in Sint-Jans church and 'De wonderbare visvangst' (The miraculous draught of fishes) in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijle church. 

Technopolis is an interactive centre, where you can unravel a whole series of scientific mysteries. For example, if you would like to land an airplane, or compete with the speed of a dragonfly, then Technopolis is the place for you to be. 


Get together party

Friday 23 February 2018  -  19u30

"The Get Together Party” is the place to be on Friday Evening.
Location: Salons Van Dijck, Frederik de Merodestraat 33, Mechelen

We welcome you and your partner at 19h30. After a delicious diner we invite
you to dance. 
DJ Bruno will guide us through the night. Lights out at 02h00.

Social Programme

Dossin Barracks 
During World War II, the Dossin Barracks were used by the Nazis to gather people together before they were deported. Since 2012, the barracks house an impressive holocaust and human rights museum, a memorial and a documentation centre. 

The Anker Brewery 
The Anker Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. It is known throughout the world for its brewers hall with the enormous copper hop boilers – and, of course, for its famous Gouden Carolus beer. Cheers! 

Dijle pathway 
Mechelen’s charm lies in its characteristic architecture, but also in the tranquillity along the Dijle River. The floating pathway along the inner Dijle, between 'Haverwerf' and the Botanical Garden, allows you to discover the city from another perspective. See a different side of Mechelen - the backs of the old houses! A walk alongside the water in the heart of the city is a unique and relaxing experience. 

Toy Museum Mechelen 
The Toy Museum boasts one of the largest collections of toys in Europe. You'll find toys from all over the world, from early toys to modern. There's much more to a museum visit than just looking: you can play traditional games and relive historical events such as the Battle of Waterloo as if you had been there in person.
Which of these toys did you play with yourself? And would young children still do so today? The museum brings memories of childhood flooding back for young and old. 

Planckendael is a zoo and amusement park that covers an area of 40 hectares. The complex is a paradise for the entire family: more than 1000 exotic animals, toys, suspension bridges and even places to walk in the tops of the trees. 

The shopping triangle 
Don’t miss the opportunity provided by your holiday or business meeting to go shopping! Mechelen has a variety of luxury boutiques in the triangle that’s formed by the Bruul, the IJzerenleen/Guldenstraat and the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat. This very pleasant circuit also takes you past the famous Mechelen merchants, such as a cheese maker, a chocolate confectioner, a cigar shop, a boutique of women’s accessories, a designer … just about everything your heart desires!