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Mechelen is a wonderful place to start finding out about the life of Emperor Charles V. Lying between Brussels and Antwerp, it is readily accessible and everywhere in the central area is easily walkable. From the main square (Grote Markt) go to Keiserstraat, where you will find the Palace of Margaret of York and the Palace of Margaret of Austria. It was in these two buildings that Charles spent much of his early life - where he was educated, experienced life in the Burgundian court and was introduced to the art of government.

For more details go to the Mechelen page of the website.

Another useful site: Visit Flanders

Richard Heath
Richard Heath
Richard Heath graduated in history from the University of Cambridge and was a history teacher for 35 years. He now enjoys travelling with his wife in their VW camper van, exploring historical sites and appreciating all that Europe has to offer.

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