Unlike most other cities in Belgium, the general closing day for most sights is Wednesday, making Mechelen a great place to visit on Mondays. If your time is limited, key strolling areas are IJser and the Grote Markt, Schoutestraat for its fine 'refuge' mansions, and the lanes of the Begijnhof area. The medieval gatehouse, Brusselpoort, viewed down Hoogstraat, is also worth a snapshot.