The symposium will be held at the Lamot Congress and heritage center. Lamot is a unique conference centre situated at the waterside, in the historic centre of Mechelen, Belgium. The former brewery, where up until the eighties the legendary Lamot beer was produced, today is one of the most daring feats of contemporary architecture right in the heart of Mechelen.
How to get to the venue
By bus and/or on foot from the train station
The Lamot Congress center is only a short walk (1.2km, 15 min.) away of the train station.
Exit the station at the front side. Cross the roundabout and follow the main road (N1). Cross the ring road (R12) and follow the 'Kardinaal Mercierplein'. Follow this road (it'll change names to Graaf van Egmontstraat and subsequently, Vijfhoek). Before you cross the water (Dijle), go down the stairs on your right, to follow the Dijlepad. Follow this path all the way to Lamot.
You can also take bus n°1 from the station to Lamot. There's a bus each 10 minutes and the ride will take 8 minutes. Get off the bus at 'Mechelen Korenmarkt'. Follow the Korenmarkt towards the river, take the second street to your left (Van Beethovenstraat) and walk past the Novotel. Lamot Center should be on your right.
Coming from Antwerp
Take exit n°9 (Mechelen-Noord) and follow the N16 to the ring road (R12). Take the right side of the ring road, to Brusselsepoort. Drive into the city centre (Hoogstraat) and use one of the car parks close to Lamot.
Coming from Brussels
Take exit n°10 (Mechelen-Zuid), follow the B101 to the N1 and then take the left side of the ring road (R12), to Brusselsepoort. Drive into the city centre (Hoogstraat) and use one of the car parks close to Lamot.
Host City Mechelen
Mechelen is on everybody’s doorstep. The city is located in the heart of Flanders, midway between Brussels and Antwerp. In Mechelen everything’s within walking distance. As you wander along the narrow streets, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on historical buildings and on so many charming restaurants and cafés that you’ll wish you could eat your way through Mechelen! And for a while at least, you can switch off and quietly daydream, for the centre is pedestrianized. You’ll find that the people of Mechelen greet you and are only too happy to offer a word of explanation. The people of Mechelen are super-proud of their 300 listed buildings, three of which flaunt the UNESCO world heritage label: St Rumbold’s Tower, the Belfry of the Town Hall and the Large Beguinage. The city centre boasts no fewer than eight historic churches, each with its own distinctive style: large or small, Gothic or baroque, Rubens or Van Dyck.
How to get to Mechelen
The national airport of Belgium (Brussels Airport) is the closest to Mechelen (20 km). The easiest and cheapest way to reach Mechelen from the airport is to take the train to Mechelen, which runs every half hour and costs € 8.80. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi outside the airport. A taxi ride to Mechelen will cost you at least € 50.
Some airlines will fly to Brussels South Charleroi Airport (85 km from Mechelen). From there, you can either take a shuttle to Charleroi-Sud train station, where you can take a direct train to Mechelen that runs every half hour. A shuttle-train combi ticket costs € 18.70. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus to Brussels (€ 15.50) and hop on a train to Mechelen (€ 4.80) there.
The train station of Mechelen is located at the border of the city and lies within walking distance of the city centre. There are regular connections to every major city in Belgium and to Brussels Airport. More information on schedules and fares can be found at www.belgianrail.be.
Coming from Antwerp (E19), take exit n°9 (Mechelen-Noord) and follow the N16 to the ring road (R12). Coming from Brussels (E19), take exit n°10 (Mechelen-Zuid), follow the B101 to the N1 and then take the ring road (R12).