Musée International du Carnaval et du Masque


For the low-down on the extraordinary Binche carnival, visit this museum just above the Grand Place. Aside from its Binche collections, this atmospherically lit museum has some exquisite masks and costumes from Africa, South America and Melanesia.

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1. Strépy-Thieu Boat-Lift


The world’s tallest ship lift (completed in 2002), raising or lowering gigantic ‘baths’ 73 vertical metres, is on a pharaonic scale, as was the €150…

3. Beffroi de Thuin

7.17 MILES

Looming high above the village is Thuin's 1639 stone bell tower topped with five slate spires and numerous gilded baubles. Apart from the (loud!) bells…

4. Abbaye d’Aulne

7.94 MILES

With origins in the 7th century, but destroyed post–French Revolution in 1794, this atmospheric monastery is a mixture of picturesque ruins, surviving…

5. Silex's

8.13 MILES

Six kilometres southeast of Mons, a peaceful agricultural scene covers what was a major Neolithic flint-mining site. One of the most impressive shafts is…

6. Distillerie de Biercée

8.91 MILES

Around 6km south of Thuin, the Distillerie de Biercée is a great opportunity to see inside one of Wallonia's classic fortified-farm complexes. This one is…

7. Mons Memorial Museum

9.64 MILES

This superb museum mostly covers Mons' experience of the two world wars, though the constant sieges of this town's turbulent history are also mentioned…

8. Hôtel de Ville

9.95 MILES

Mons' splendid 15th-century city hall is the most visually arresting building on the photogenic, café-lined Grand Place. It has become customary among…