Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Mons

Mons Memorial Museum

A superb museum, this extensive display mostly covers Mons' experience of the two world wars, though the constant sieges of this town's turbulent history are also mentioned. It gets the balance just right between mi…
Top Choice Canal in Mons

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 million it cost. Though you can watch the lift from outdoors, visi…
Church in Mons

Collégiale Ste-Waudru

Within this lofty, airy 15th-century Gothic church you'll find the golden reliquary of Ste-Waudru (hanging above the altar) and the fanciful 1782 Car d’Or, a gilded, cherub-festooned coach used to carry it during St…
Museum in Mons

Silex's

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 covered by a small modern museum, which gives decent informat…
Museum in Mons

Musée du Doudou

Head through the Hôtel de Ville on the Grand Place to reach this museum, dedicated to Mons' riotous Ducasse festival. All aspects of this curious event, as well as background on St George, Ste-Waudru and dragons, ar…
Tower in Mons

Beffroi

The 87m-tall Unesco-listed baroque belfry is a 17th-century marvel billowing with black-and-gold mini-domes. The lift takes you up to only 36m, though the panoramic views are still impressive (you can climb a furthe…
Museum in Mons

Artothèque

Ever thought it was a pity that all those items sat in museum storerooms, never seeing the light of day? Well, this innovative space in a former convent chapel lets you examine a wide range of objects from various m…
Historic Building in Mons

Hôtel de Ville

Mons' splendid 15th-century city hall is the most visually arresting building on the photogenic, café-lined Grand Place. It has become customary among visitors to score a wish by stroking the head of an iron monkey …
Cemetery in Mons

Cimetière Militaire de Saint-Symphorien

Just 5.5km east of Mons, this small cemetery is one of the most peaceful and thought-provoking in Belgium. The resting place of roughly equal numbers of German and British soldiers from WWI, it includes the tombs of…
Museum in Mons

Musée François Duesberg

If you’re a fan of exotic gilded clocks, dazzling porcelain and silver coffeepots from 1775 to 1825, check out the rich collection at this sumptuous three-room museum. It’s in the former national-bank building betwe…