The symbol of the Belgian city of Mechelen is undoubtedly the imposing St. Rumbold's Tower. You can climb this historic cathedral tower all the way up the 538 steps to the roof. Along the way, you can visit the six tower rooms where, among other things, the history of the tower is told, the 2 carillons and the original technical rooms are also open to the public. Picture by Harry Fabel What is the overhead crane doing in the Crane Room? Why is there a pile of roof tiles in the Forge? Why is there a clock room but no clock and hands on the outside of the tower? And why are there two carillons? Climb the St. Rumbold's Tower, find out, and discover more than 500 years of Mechelen history in the heart of the city! Picture by Harry Fabel The climb to the top is impressive and intense. Once there, the impressive view from the sky-walk will leave you speechless. On a clear day, you can even see the Brussels Atomium and the port of Antwerp. Discover the climb with this YouTube video.
On this roof in the City of Antwerp, you will find trees, hedges, an English cottage, a dovecote, and even a sheep stable with different kinds of animals. Jan and Kristina Engels have made a perfect compromise between the city and the countryside in their home on the fifth floor. Their roof bears an English cottage complete with trees, hedges, and a real conservatory. The stable dwellers complete the rural home: sheep, chickens, and ducks trot against the backdrop of the Antwerp cathedral right in the center of the city. Picture Google Maps On Google Maps aerial footage, it looks like a small city park. But whoever stands at their door encounters the facades of a 5 story high warehouse from the 1930s. "This is our heaven", say the residents. It's got the best of two worlds, The busy city life and the harmony of nature and tranquility.