“Mons is perhaps worth talking about, because it is a charming town.” That was how Victor Hugo described it. If you’re tempted by a visit to Mons, take his word for it and you will be charmed.
Mons, European Capital of Culture in 2015, has a number of museums that make the most of current or historic artistic trends, but also of science and history. Lovers of heritage and history should make for the Museum of the Doudou (a must), the Mundaneum – popularly known as the ‘Google of paper’ – or, a short distance away, la Maison Van Gogh in Cuesmes.
As you explore the town you’ll notice that it’s both anchored in the past and thoroughly modern. Its architectural heritage and ancient alleyways give it an historic atmosphere. This heritage runs through its visitor attractions: the Belfry, listed by UNESCO, the collegiate church, the Grand Place
This heritage is traversed and visited: The Belfry, classified by UNESCO, the Collegiate church, the Grand Place, the Garden of Mayeur, Havré castle ... Also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Doudou festival captures the essential spirit of the town and all the locals take part. Also worth visiting are the Mundaneum, the Grand-Hornu and the Neolithic mines of Spiennes.
In the Grand Place, don’t forget to caress the head of the ‘Monkey of the Grand Garde’ with your left hand, which according to local folklore is sure to bring you good luck.
Mons is a vibrant town with many opportunities to celebrate ...