Discovering Zoutwerf: Mechelen's Historic Riverside

Located along the picturesque river Dijle in the heart of Mechelen, Belgium, lies the historic Zoutwerf. This quaint and enchanting area, dating back to the 13th century, boasts a rich history and architectural splendor that continues to captivate visitors from near and far.

Beautiful preserved historic buildings along the Zoutwerf in Mechelen

The story of Zoutwerf begins in the 13th century when it was initially known as "Werf." However, in 1301, after Mechelen acquired the salt staple rights, the area was renamed "Zoutwerf" or "Salt Wharf." This change marked the beginning of its legacy as a bustling hub of trade and commerce, where boats unloaded precious cargo, including salt, along its cobblestone streets.

One of the most striking features of Zoutwerf is its well-preserved historic buildings, each with its own unique charm. One such architectural marvel is "De Zalm," a house that stands as a testament to the area's glorious past. With its ornate facade, it transports visitors back to the times when it was a thriving center of trade. 

In den Grooten Zalm at the Zoutwerf in Mechelen

Walking further, you'll encounter Huis 'De Kevie,' a baroque townhouse from the 17th century. Ravaged by World War II, it was painstakingly rebuilt in 1952 under the guidance of architect A. Roose.

Huis De Kevie along the Zoutwerf in Mechelen

Today, Zoutwerf stands as a harmonious blend of the old and the new. The city of Mechelen, recognizing the historical importance of this area, has taken steps to preserve its heritage. Recent efforts have been made to restore and rejuvenate the Zoutwerf, ensuring that its charm remains intact for generations to come.

Location; Zoutwerf, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium.
Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

We're a family of five from the picturesque scenery of Belgium. Come along with us as we share stories from our journeys so far. And if you're curious about any of the places we've visited, don't hesitate to ask. Your dream European getaway is within reach, and we're here to make it extraordinary!

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