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Mons, also known as the cultural capital of Wallonia and the actual capital of the Hainaut Province, is located in the southwest of Belgium, 1 hour by train from Brussels.

Getting There:

There are 2 direct trains from Brussels (North, Central and Midi stations) per hour and a ticket costs 8.70 euro.


Mons Townhall

In Gothic style, having been built between 1458 and 1477.

The Belfry

It stands 270 feet high. It is listed as a World Heritage Site Unesco.

The Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru

15 th to 17 th century - Gothic style of Brabant. It contains some splendid 16 th c. alabaster statues by Jacques Du Broeucq.

The treasury of the Collegiate Church is one of the most beautiful collections of gold and silverware in Belgium (12 th - 19 th c.)

Decorative Arts Museum François Duesberg

This is an authentic decorative arts museum with not only a prestigious collection of clocks with exotic themes (1795-1815) which is unique in the world, but also exceptional gilded bronzes, porcelain, crockery, gold and silverware, bookbinding and unusual rare objects.

Van Gogh's house

Van Gogh lived for some time in Mons before moving on to Provence. His house, an authentic and preserved environment, now houses a permanent exhibition of reproductions and an audio-visual show in various languages (EN, F, NL, D).

Where to Eat in Mons
La Cinquieme Saison (Mons) La Table des Matieres (Mons)

La Table du Boucher(Mons)

D'Eugenie a Emile
(Baudour near Mons)

(Quaregnon near Mons)
Hostellerie Le Prieure Saint-Gery * (Beaumont near Mons)

L'assiette au Beurre
(Frameries near Mons)

Les Gourmands * (Blaregnies near Mons) L'Imperatif (Maisieres near Mons)

Other Places of Interest

Pairi daiza

The grounds of an ancient abbey have become a magnificent ornithological park where birds and flowers, age old trees, mysterious ruins, the largest aviary in Europe and an enormous greenhouse (63000 sq.ft) will ravish your eyes.

Scientific Adventures Parc (Pass)

The Pass is a museum dedicated to science, technology and society.
Exhibitions and shows are covering an area of 130,000 sq.ft., inviting visitors to interact, to make the most of their curiosity and to reach an opinion about the role of science and technology in our society.

Beloeil Castle

The Château de Beloeil has been the home of the Princes de Ligne for 6 centuries.It contains an impressive collection of art from the 15 th to the 19 th c. including the famous library of over 20000 books.T he 18 th .c. park (25 ha) is one of the most beautiful French gardens of Europe.

Suggested Hotels

Suggested Restaurants

Tourist Office of Mons