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Welcome to Mons: The cultural capital of Europe.
Located in the Walloon Region of Belgium, Mons is the capital of province, Hainaut and benefits from an interesting geographic situation. Indeed it is located at 240 km north-east of Paris, 60 km southwest of Brussels and 180 km west from Aachen.
Founded in the VII th century by Clotaire II, Mons has been nominated as capital of Hainaut from the IX th century by the famous Franks king, Charlemagne. Therefore, the city became important.
Thanks to its large university and its various high schools Mons settles a significant numbers of startups. The city is also recognized for being a cradle of innovation. Google has installed a large storage center and Microsft, its main research center in Belgium.
Benefiting from a rich cultural and architectural heritage, the city became since the beginning of 2015, the cultural capital of Europe.
Information and facts
With more than 300 events organized in the honour of being the cultural capital of Europe, Mons is undoubtedly the attraction of the year in Europe. Among the attractions here are the events not to miss:
The Van Gogh exhibition: It will take place in the newly renovated BAM museum (25 January-17 May).The focus is on the period Van Gogh spent as a preacher among the mining communities of the Borinage, just south of Mons, with many of van Gogh’s early drawings, copies of paintings by other artists, and letters written to his brother, Theo.
The Belfry: Victor Hugo described it as “a huge coffee pot surrounded by four smaller tea pots.” Now a Unesco world heritage site, it has just been restored, so you can heave up to the coffee pot-shaped top for a spectacular view.
The Ducasse de Mons: comononly called Doudou, is of course the top event. The Doudou has its origin in the Middle Ages. The plague appeared in Mons in 1349. City authorities organized a procession with the Waltrude's shrine. It is a a festival organized on the Trinity Sunday (57 days after Easter). The festival has two parts. The first one is the procession honouring the descent and the uprising of the Waltrude’s Shrine. Saint Waltrude is the patron saint of Mons. The second part of the festival is The Combat of Saint George or Lumeçon. This event brings together all people from Mons and its environs, they use to join the party every night in many pubs of the city.
For more information about the events in Mons, consult: http://www.mons2015.eu.
Shopping street: The city is endowed with a beautiful shopping street. It is fully pedestrian and is composed of major brands and small local shops. Waffles that you will find are really delicious.
“Les Grands-Pres”: With more than 80 commercial signs, this shopping mall is one of the biggest in Belgium. There are many restaurants, bar where you could try the Belgian gastronomy. And the most important, local beer.
Shopping centres: The city is also lined with large shopping centers where you can find the famoust stores and make good business.
Great Place: If you want a drink or taste the best beers of the world in a beautiful setting. The great place of Mons, endowed with a charm without equal, is made for you..
“Marche aux Herbes”: For party people the “marche aux herbes” is the best place.Indeed it offers wide range of pubs and clubs.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport: Great shuttles Mons www.flipco.com
SN Brussels Airlines: 10% discount (excluding tax and fee) for travelers from Europe to Brussels. www.brusselsairlines.com.
By bus: Since the neighboring localities: The itinerary or schedule is available on www.infotec.be.
By train: The Mons Railway Station is only 10-minute walk from the downtown.
Belgium: SNCB network (special advantageous formulas Mons 2015 B-Excursion program). www.sncb.be/mons2015.
From abroad: Direct train Paris-Mons Thalys. Thalys ticket "Any Belgian Station" allows t o go to Mons from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf. www.thalys.com.
By car: Mons is served by the highway E19 / E42, exit 24.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour.
It is an oceanic climate like for the whole western part of Belgium, due to the proximity of the North Sea that regulates time though the thermal inertia of its water. It is influenced by either soft damp air masses from the sea, either by dry air masses from the European continent.