Mons Travel Guide

  • St Waltrude - Mons
    St Waltrude - Mons
    by solopes
  • Grand Place - Mons
    Grand Place - Mons
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  • Mons Monkey
    Mons Monkey
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Mons Things to Do

  • Grand Place

    Mons unfolds around a nice and wide square, dominated by City Hall, but very harmonious and with interesting buildings around. Some restaurants and esplanades give life to the place even in the cold days that we had (cold but sunny, what, in this latitude, is a blessing this time of the year).We were using a car, and the gentle restrictions to...

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  • Spanish House

    This house, built according to Spanish architecture in the 16Th century, and Gothic details, uses mainly brick. It was used after a fire, in 1548, that forced construction with cheap material, resistant to fire. It was restored in 1919-1920, and nowadays it houses "Maison de Presse" another designation commonly used.

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  • Statues

    There are a few statues in Mons, not many nor particularly remarkable. For instance, king Leopold II has a statue discreetly placed close to St Waltrude church.

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  • Royal Conservatory

    Occupying a former convent from the 17Th century, this University is one of the three actually in Mons. It was adapted to its new function, but seem from outside, it seems to have respected the historic look, integrating well the old quarter of the city.

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  • Royal Theatre

    This Neo-classical building built in 1841 is one of the remarkable buildings in Grand Place. It was conceived by a local architect, Charles Suri, and several times renovated. I appreciated much the three cast iron gates, with golden medallions

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  • Stained Glasses

    One of the most remarkable details in St Waltrude church are the stained glasses. With more than 20 coming from the 16Th century, it is the largest collection of old stained glass in Belgium.

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Mons Hotels

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  • Best Western Hotel Lido

    Rue Des Arbalestriers 112, Mons, Hainaut, B-7000, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Ibis Mons Centre Gare

    Boulevard Charles Quint 27b, Mons, Hainaut, 7000, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Mercure Mons

    Rue des Fusilles 12, Mons, Hainaut, 7020, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Mons Restaurants

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  • Our restaurant in Mons

    I use to suspect restaurants in main squares - they use to sell location more than food, for a price. It happened also here, but it was a nice surprise - dinner was very good, and the price very moderated.Next day we were looking for a place to lunch? Can you guess were did we go?Yes, Jeffe again, and again with a positive impression

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  • The Perfect Way to End a Tour!

    Just the place one would imagine meeting friends for a drink after shopping, a hard day of work or even after a tour of the city's center. We sat at a table along one wall of the restaurant near the big windows overlooking the Grand Place. The spiral staircase was just along side. Stairs in Belgium seemed to be a bit different than most in the USA....

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  • A Few Out of the Way Places

    Three restaruants my friends took me to, which might be missed by a tourist, were enchanting spots with wonderful food. I didn't get a picture of them, but they are worth knowing about: (1.) 'La Maison du Berger' (The Shepherd's House),Route d'Ath 171, B-7050 MonsPhone: +32.65.22.63.02. http://www.lamaisonduberger.com/A Greek restaurant, with...

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Mons Nightlife

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  • An Unexpected Sight!

    Many places along the walking streets of Mons are alive at night with energetic people. The restaurants and pubs are open late into the night and this is the place to go for a wonderful evening with friends or to meet people!Besides being wonderfully historical, Mons is definitely a University town and the weekend nights are full of happy and...

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  • A bit of Morocco

    Hey, this is new and I like it! A Moroccan teahouse and chicha place! Original, especially for Mons! The interior, staff and music are Moroccan so no problem imagining yourself in this place of the world. On the menu: mint tea (which is delicious), coffee and all sort of juices. No alcohol of course. If you're into it, you can smoke a chicha with...

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  • Mons meets Cuba

    The Cubar is a nice place to start your evening. As the name tells you, the place has a lot of links with Cuba and wants to bring some Cuban atmosphere in Mons. It's situated in a cellar. The interior is quite nice (photo of Che, publicity for Bodeguita del Medio, salsa music, ...), but the plastic benches are ruining it a bit. On the menu:...

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Mons Transportation

  • Question about trains from Mons to...

    Hi I am planning on staying in Mons and would like to get the train from Mons to Brussels and back again. I don't like travelling on underground trains, so could anyone tell me if this train would be overhead all the way?Many thanks

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  • Travel by Train

    The train station, (Gare) in Mons is situated conveniently near the town center and an easy way to travel from one city in Belgium to another for day trips.Traveling by train is fun, relaxing and efficient. There are several ticket options and of course the Eurail Pass was, at the time I was there, a traveler's best bet. One of the advatages of the...

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  • Travel Around by Car

    Having the use of a car, though not necessary, would be useful. Of course, if it is your plan to stay in / around the Grand Place, a car would be of little use. To see some of the other interesting things around Mons, a car is needed. The center of Mons is a small area ringed by roads that were once the walls of the city. Some towns have one main...

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Mons Shopping

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  • Oriental jewelry, scarves, home deco

    Baroc is a boutique located Rue des fripiers... Its early-twenty-century building is charming, with high ceiling rooms. 3 boutiques: Baroc accessories, Baroc home furniture, Baroc café...Nice place to "be lost" as you can enjoy the babbling of a fountain in the boutique while wandering from a corner to another... Clever and pleasant layout.....

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  • Design and trendy kitsch

    The shop is a real pleasure for the eye!!! You feel like in another word with special modern furnitures and accessories inspired by the 60ies or 70ies! If you like to decorate your house with flashy colors or a white and black cold design, you are in the good place!

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  • Shopping centre

    Since the 25th of September 2003, Mons has its own big shopping centre. 30000 m² of shopping: imagine!There are over 70 shops in this centre, a big part of them sells clothes. But you can also find perfume shops, pubs, a travel agency, ...It's a great place to spend a couple of hours!It is situated just at the border of the highway, so it has a...

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Mons Local Customs

  • Mons/Bergen?

    Belgium has two official languages, French and Flemish. This can add to the normal confusion of traveling in a country where the language is not the same as one's own.Especially if you know the name of a place in only one of the languages and if the town is smaller or more remote. Mons is located in the French area of Belgium and it seems that...

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  • Sun Lovers Solution!

    There are many over-cast and rainy days in Belgium, which I like very much, but my Belgian friends prefer a sunny day and frequently comment on the state of the weather. Coming from perennially sunny San Diego, I do like sunny days, but also appreciate the coolness and over-cast. In fact, since this trip I have really appreciated days with a...

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  • Festivities

    There are several local festivities, such as ‘Ducasse’, originating from the 14th century, which takes place every year on Trinity Sunday. The major events are the colourful Golden Chariot’s Procession with the reliquary of St. Waltrude and the ‘Lumeçon’, the fight of Saint George against ‘le Doudou’ (= the dragon). The aim of the young people is...

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Mons Warnings and Dangers

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    by Mahieu Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Some years ago, Mons was frightened by a couple of murders that happened here.
    The person guilty of committing these crimes, cut his victims in pieces and put them in litterbags. He left the bags in streets that had a special signification like ' Wood of Horror', ' Intestin Street', etc. The victims were usually prostitutes, drug addicts, ...

    Even more scary: the killer still hasn't been found! Luckily, the murders have stopped!

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Mons What to Pack

  • What to take?

    -a rucksack -layers of clothing-an umbrella or a raincoat you can wrap in your bag -a camera-extra batteries

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  • Packing List

    Do not forget your beer opener, it takes a creative person to open a bottle of Kriek (cherry beer) in a dorm room. Also a laundry bag because maid service will put your dirty clothes in the bidet. Also to stave off homesickness bring a spice from your home several of my Louisiana friends and I 'fixed' McDonalds fries by cajunfying them with some...

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Mons Off The Beaten Path

  • In Search Of....

    If you've read some of my pages you might know already that one of my favorite things to do is search for something special to me in a new city. This has always added some really nice surprises while reconnoitering an unfamiliar area.In Mons it turned out that I had to find a new tip for my cane--which I lost on a week-end trip visiting friends in...

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  • The Mayor's Garden

    Behind the the Gothic Town Hall, through a short tunnel you'll find the lovely 'Jardin du Mayeur' (the Mayor's garden.) This inner court yard is a tranquil oasis for the Mayor, citizens and tourists alike and there is no charge to enter. Several of the towns museums can be found here as well, such as, the Museum of Ceramics, the War Museum, and the...

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  • Parc Paridiso is a little out...

    Parc Paridiso is a little out of Mons. My friends father asked me and my friend if we wanted to 'feed the birds in the park' We were expecting to be dropped of in a city park with some breadcrumb instead we were dropped of at 'Disneyland' for birds its a huge habitat with knight reenactments and a bevy of bird related activities. If you like birds...

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Mons Sports & Outdoors

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    by ptitetoile Updated Mar 17, 2004

    Climbing is one of the nicest and complete sport ever.... You need flexibility, strengh, logic, confidence in the other and in your self, the capacity to go always further than what you see or what you can...
    When I was teenager living in Mons, I was fond of that sport even if I could not do it very often : I dreamed a lot of time to have a climbing place in my hometown to practice when I want...And what a great surprise when this climbing hall came in 1996! I was of course one of the first addicted to this climbing hall and went most of the time 3 times per week. In the beginning, I went there alone, but I found there also a lot of friends and it became a little bit my home. The owner & manager of the hall, Robert , is a very sympathic guy, like all the other employees in fact. They organise also some events like parties to create a good atmosphere between climbers. Unfortunately, I don't climb a lot anymore since I left Mons to live in Brussels, but it is always with emotion that I look back at this happy period of my life.

    Equipment: Sport clothes, climbing shoes, climbing equipment.
    You can rent it if you don't have any.

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  • Dancing

    Dancing of course!I think that I would never go to Mons if it wasn't the location of the first world Championship for over 55 dancers. Well, it was quite an experience, and Mons revealed itself as a good environment Don't you guess?Dancing in a lovely city, as I already said!

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  • Royal Treatment!

    One of my fondest memories was having the opportunity of stepping out on to the Royal Balcony to view the Grand Place below. I'm not sure if it was part of the "Package" offered in the Tour or not. In any case, I felt quite Royal for the moment. There were a few other Royal moments for me in Mons, but this was the best. That is me, on the left...

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  • Wide Enough for Horse and Carriage!

    This photo is of a carriage gate that caught my eye. These houses across the street from Sainte Waudru Collegiate Church once belonged to the 'Canonesses,' rich women who joined the religious community initially founded by Sainte Wandru. The Canonesses were influential in the town from the 11th century until 1794 when they were suppressed....

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