Arrondissement of Mechelen

The Arrondissement Mechelen is one of three administrative arrondissements in the Belgian province of Antwerp. It covers an area of 510.22 km ² with 329,395 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2012) in 13 municipalities.

It is also the administrative and judicial district.

Communities in the Arrondissement of Mechelen

  • Berlaar
  • Bonheiden
  • Bornem
  • Duffel
  • Heist -op -den-Berg
  • Lier
  • Mechelen
  • Nijlen
  • Cherub
  • Puurs
  • Sint- Amand
  • Sainte-Catherine -Waver
  • Willebroek


The area of ​​the arrondissement Mechelen belonged to the late 18th century to the reign of Mechelen, which was part of the Austrian Netherlands. In 1790, the United Belgian States originated from this temporarily. During the First Coalition War the area was occupied in 1794 and united because of measures taken by the French National Convention on October 1, 1795 decision by the French Republic. The administration and the judicial system has been adapted to the still new French system and set up departments, arrondissements and cantons refer to the relevant communities. The Arrondissement Mechelen (French Arrondissement de Malines ) belonged from 1795 to 1814 to the department of Deux- Nèthes and was divided into cantons or justice of the peace districts Duffel, Heist -op -den-Berg ( HeystopdenBerg ), Lier ( Lierra ), Mechelen ( Malines, 2 cantons) and Puurs ( Puers ).