Situated between the Grand and Royal Palace the Mont des Artes is a charming traditionally designed landscaped area. Walking it is hard to imagine that the area was once one of the most heavily populated areas of Brussels. Because the area begin to decline King Leopold II bought the entire area and wanted to develop it into his Mont des Artes (hill of arts). After some initial troubles the area was finally developed into a series of pleasant gardens with fountains in time for the Universal Exposition in 1910. Over the ensuing fifty years the park was demolished and new buildings were constructed on each side of the Mont Des Artes. The current traditional looking garden on the square was designed by landscape architect René Péchère in the 1950's.
The Mont des Artes offers some great views of Brussels. The Brussels Town Hall as well as many other buildings in downtown are viewable from the top of the hill. The area is best viewed during the day due to limited lighting at night.
“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”
— Rene Magritte (1898-1967) Belgian Surrealist artist
Mont des Arts, or Kunstberg, the Flemish name for this historic site, situated between the Royal Palace and the Grande Place, in the center of Brussels, means hill of the arts.
Before the end of the 19th century the densely populated area was known as Quartier Saint Roches (Sint-Rochuswijk in Flemish). Léopold II, King of the Belgians bought the whole neighborhood with the goal of making the hill into a center for the arts. Old buildings were demolished, but without enough financing the site turned into an urban blight. The king wanted the neighborhood to make a good impression during the Universal Exposition held in Brussels in 1910. He ordered Pierre Vacherot, a landscape architect, to design a garden, meant to be temporary, on the hill. The resulting park featured a monumental staircase with cascading fountains from Place Royale to Boulevard de l’Empereur.
Both locals and tourists loved Mont des Arts. By the end of the 1930’s new plans for the Mont des Arts were on the drawing board; this park was demolished as part of an urban renewal project. Between 1956 and 1958 the park and the surrounding area was built up with NeoClassical buildings, including the Royal Library of Belgium and the Congress Palace and a formal garden designed by landscape architect René Péchère.
The Mont des Arts offers sweeping views of Brussels; the spire of Hôtel de Ville at the Grand Place dominates the view. On a clear day, even the Atomium can be seen. Tourist attractions such as the Musical Instrument Museum (MiM), the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of St Michael are located within walking distance from Mont des Arts.
This was one evening of circus in the Mont des Arts (3 Sept 2005 from 5pm till 10.30 pm).
About 10 'stands' with shows repeated a few times and 20 companies moving on the site.
It had everything to please: impressive, beautiful, harmonious, humoristic, ... in one word, it was a large Circus show.
Sorry, a picture cannot represent much of the dynamic aspect of circus... I'm sure that VT will support movies one day ;-).
Mont des Arts - Kunstberg
The Mont des Arts is a gathering place for youth people in the Capital. And often a place or passing events.
From there you have a superb view over the heart of the city. Located between the Palais de Justice, the Marolles district and the Grand Place.
On the right side(from top) the clock tower. In the center a beautiful park to eat your sandwich, and left side the national library: the Albertine (see the following tip)
Le Mont des Arts est un lieu de rassemblement des jeunes de la Capitale. Et bien souvent un endroit ou se passe des événements importants.
On y a une vue superbe sur le coeur de la citée. Situé entre le Palais de justice, le quartier des Marolles et la grand Place.
A droite (en venant d'en haut) la tour de l'horloge, Au centre un joli parc pour manger son sandwich, et à gauche la bibliothèque nationale: l'Albertine (Voir le "tip" suivant)
If you are in Brussels, have a walk in Mont des Arts area. This includes palaces, many institutions but some architectural wonders as well. And of course, you visit parks in center too.
Amongst parks and gardens, try Jardin de l'Albertine, not that far from Gare centrale. It's a nice one with lots of fountains, a lavender field & benches where to sit. Some unusual encountering sometimes, nice views on Brussels town hall and on some nice buildings surely...
In summer, could be a nice place to flee away fom the sun, or to have some tan (your choice!)... Used to find it not as crowded as Parc Royal. Well, I love to hear the murmurs of those little fountains in Jardin de l'Albertine while reading, lying on a bench, having a chat. So peaceful and yet, it is in the city. Could be a well-needed place in the center to relax after walking the center all day long if you're on budget or if you don't like bars.
I tried a report on Jardin de l'Albertine in Brussels center, Mont des arts area. All information on how to access there is the report as well. Have a look!
The ?Arts Hill? leads to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. A formal little park makes the link between the Renaissance-Gothic setting of the Grand?Place and the classical Place Royale and Palais de Charles de Lorraine. You?ll find a lot of teenagers practicing their skate-boards abilities at the feet of the statue of one of the most revered member of the Belgian monarchy: King Albert Ist. He was the grandfather of the present day king, Albert II, and led the Belgian army during World War I and set up the resistance army in the little corner of Flanders that the Germans were not able to take (because the army flooded the polders to stop their advance). He was to be known as the ?Roi-Chevalier? or Knight-King and died tragically when he fell while escalading a rock in the south of Belgium at Marche-Les-Dames.
His wife, queen Elizabeth, who was a Grande Dame and patron of the arts, had her own monument on the other site of the street, facing her husband's. On the right side is the Royal Library Albert 1st (see off the beaten path) but it was removed to rebuild the little square. She should be back shortly.
You'll also find the graceful Museum of the Music Instrument, a jewel of Art Nouveau, on the way up to the Place Royale. Once The Old England store (it still bears the name), this beautiful building is a great place to take the kids and discover instruments and open their ears to music. It also has terrace on top with a bar and the view from there is magic (when the Belgian weather is not playing tricks on you, which is not a given).
Back to Mont-des-Arts, once you climbed the stairs, turn around and admire the view... Not bad, uh?
The "Mont des Arts", in the centre of Brussels very close to the Central Station and Grand-Place is the cultural heart of the city.
Suggestions: Concerts at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Museum (permanent collections or temporary exhibitions), museum of the cinema (everyday projection), museum of musical instruments, royal library, ...
On sundays, a pass (11.0/5.5 EURO) gives access to concerts and museums.
The picture was taken from the hill ("Mont") during the Circus event "Le mont des Arts du Cirque") on 3rd September 2005. We see the "Giant Wheel of Devil" in front of the "Jardin de l'Albertine") and the tower of the town hall (Grand place) in the Background.
The stairs of "Mont des Arts" lead to the Place Royale and to a lot of wonderful houses and museums like The instrument museum Old England. If you are close the the Central Station, don't hesitate to climb them, you won't regret what you will see!
Almost halfway between the Royal Park and the small garden of Petit Sablon, you find an extraordinary area.
It is also an ideal way to get from the lower city centre (Grote Markt) to the higher Part of Brussels (Coudenberg).
In this neighbourhood you find all kind of museums, concert halls, theatres and historical monuments.
Coming from the Albertina plein (Place de l'Albertine) you can walk up via the stairs in the small park, and like this you will reach the museum area.
The area around "Le Mont des Arts" is the cultural heart of Brussels. On and around the "hill" there are different kinds of must-sees, like the Palace of Fine Arts, Bozar, the National Library, the Musical Instruments Museum, the palace of Charles of Lorraine, ...
You can climb the stairs from the Place Albertine, next to the Central train station up to the Place Royale. From the top, you have a nice view over Brussels, as you can see on the picture.
If you are in Brussels, have a walk in Mont des Arts area. This includes palaces, many institutions but parks in center as well. And off course, pay attention to architectural wonders too.
Amongst streets not to be missed, try Rue Ravensteinstraat, Rue Coudenbergstraat, Rue Montagne de la Cour, they are not so far from Gare centrale. Go there, you will be surprised to see the buildings of various styles but all picturesque. Some unusual encountering sometimes, nice views on Brussels town hall and on some nice buildings surely...
I tried a report on those streets in Brussels center, Mont des arts area. All information on how to access there is available in my report as well. Have a look!
After the climb of the stairs, you won't regret it because towards the city center, you will have a great view on the houses near the Grand Place! This is m y favorite view!
The Monte Des Artes is a walk way/park from the museums by the Royal Palace down to the Grand Place area