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Cultural capital of Wallonia since 2002, European capital of culture in 2015, Mons is by definition a town dedicated to creativity. Not only have three of the town's gems been listed by UNESCO (its belfry, the Neolithic Flint Mines in Spiennes and the Doudou festival), its many museums constantly evolve to present their collections at their best.
Cycling in Mons
Visitors can rent bikes and ebikes from Visit Mons enjoy the town at a different pace.
Check out the free VisitMons app to find fantastic cycling itineraries in Mons and in its region. One of them will take you to the Borinage where Vincent Van Gogh used to live.
The historical heart of Mons
The town counts stunning arhitectural masterpieces such as the impressive Saint Waudru Collegiate Church, the Gothic Town Hall and the quite unique Baroque belfry, 87 m high.
Mons also features plenty green areas and iconic locations: the Grand-Large leisure port, the PASS (an scientific adventure park in Frameries), the Grand-Hornu, SILEX's (Neolithic flit mines) or even Van Gogh 's home in Cuesmes.
Between tradition and modernity
The Doudou festival is a well anchored and much-loooked forward traditions - both on a religious and folkloric level. Every Trinity Sunday, a 15th century golden carriage is paraded through town. The event precedes a legendary staged fight between Saint Georges and a dragon, called the Lume'con fight. Thousands join to see it.
Mons is well focused on the future too, the Initialis Scientific Park highlights: this hub gathers 20 companies specialised in new technologies (biochemistry, telecommunications, structural engineering, IT).