Ijzerenleen

Ijzerenleen, Mechelen: Address, Phone Number, Ijzerenleen Reviews: 4/5

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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium25,044 contributions
Picturesque but not as old as it looks
Aug. 2021
The ‘IJzerenleen’ takes its name from the cast iron balustrades of a canal in the middle of the street, vaulted in the 16th century. Today these elegant Gothic structures seem to be used mainly to attach bicycles. A rather bizarre modern fountain with gilded fish heads by Jean-Paul Laenen reminds of the time when a fish market was held on Ijzerenleen.

Today IJzerenleen is a lively and pleasant street (or elongated square) lined with restaurants, cafés and shops although, like everywhere else, traditional shops, tend to disappear one by one. Recently drugstore ‘het Verguld Schaap’(the Gilded Sheep) closed after hundred and eighty five years, but you may still spot the unmistakable shop sign at Number 14.

Unfortunately, in September 1914, a German bombardement destroyed most on the buildings around IJzerenleen. Reconstruction in a historicizing style in the 1920s created a lovely ensemble that is much younger than it looks.
Written September 4, 2021
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Christophe Wybo
Harelbeke, Belgium368 contributions
Nice architecture
Sep. 2019
Nice patrician-buildings in the heart of Mechelen. Do you find the house of fischermen? Not that difficult to find...
Written September 8, 2019
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,500 contributions
Gorgeous facades
Jan. 2019 • Friends
The buildings on this square have gorgeous fronts. Just don't drive here because you will get a big fine!
Written January 6, 2019
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Colin B
Gold Coast, Australia166 contributions
Beautiful Restored Row of Houses
Sep. 2018 • Friends
This street was badly damaged in both world wars. After the first war it was rebuilt in a 'Flemish' style with the odd hint to modernism of the time. The buildings are brick and stone with some detailed work on them. The original Ijzerenleen was the fish market and there are now hints towards that. It is not totally car free but there is little traffic allowed these days which is great for pedestrians and cyclists of which there are many. It has become lined with eating houses and cafes. You can zip off one of its side lanes to find other interesting things. A must for your Mechelen visit.
Written October 13, 2018
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Jan D
Mechelen, Belgium89 contributions
Some many historic buildings
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Beautiful place to visit: lots of authentic well kept houses. Very well restored marketplace with lots of explanation. AND car traffic very limited.
Written September 18, 2018
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Coralikestraveling
North Holland Province, The Netherlands42 contributions
Medieval houses in Belgium
May 2018
Unique medieval houses in the center of Mechelen, Belgium. You can find here restaurants and also shops.
Written June 19, 2018
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,069 contributions
A pleasant shopping street.
Jun. 2018 • Couples
This is a pleasant shopping street leading off the Grote Markt. It has a decent selection of shops as well as cafes, restaurants etc, and the style of the buildings give it an attractive look.
Written June 16, 2018
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Albrecht R
Tournai, Belgium198 contributions
nice shopping street
Jul. 2017 • Business
A nice shopping street in the very nice city of Mechelen, at a second away from the 'Grote Markt'. For the smokers and cigar lovers; definitely pay a visit to the very old cigar and tobacco shop in this street. They also offer a selection of spirits to go along.
Written January 22, 2018
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Nice shopping street
Oct. 2017 • Solo
Although the houses only date from after WWI, they are build in neo-styles, to make them look like a medieval part of the town. And it works wonderfully well. This part of the city was in use during the middle ages for fishing, and the iron railing to prevent people from falling in, are still there. The water however has long been gone. Now, it is a shopping street, with largely the same shops as you have in other Flemish cities.
Written October 17, 2017
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Peter T
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium202 contributions
Nice area, not to crowdy
Jan. 2017 • Couples
I come here now and then and it is always nice to stroll around here, look at some shops and drink a nice coffee at a in or outside coffee bar.
Written January 18, 2017
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