The city’s surroundings offer multiple fascinating excursions. Among others, you can discover:

  • The centre canal with its hydraulic 19th century lifts, classified by UNESCO
  • The most beautiful animal park in Europe (Pairi Daiza, only 20 minutes from Mons – www.pairidaiza.eu)
  • The big museum of contemporary art of the French speaking side of Belgium on the fabulous mining site of Le Grand Hornu (www.mac-s.be )
  • Scientific adventure parks your children will love (www.pass.be)
  • The Chateau d’Havré and its rose garden
  • The splendid park of Mariemont and its museum, which always hosts interesting exhibitions
  • The Chateau of Beloeil, also known as the Belgian Versailles
  • The site of Saint Denis and the Hauts Pays that will remind you of the Ardennes

Or you can also go for a journey through le Borinage, following the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and visit the places where he once stayed.


Discover more about Mons on VisitMons.be and Mons2015.eu