Mons is the capital of the Belgian province of Hainaut, in the region of Wallonia. Its Dutch (Flemish) name is Bergen, not to be confused with the namesake city in Norway. Mons is the European Capital of Culture for 2015, together with Plzen.

Get in

Screen door of the Mons Royal Theate


By train

There are regular train links with Brussels and other major Belgian cities

By car

Take the Mons exit from the E19/E42

Get around

The city is serviced by free shuttle service that runs between 0700 and 2100. The shuttles run along three circuits, all of which terminate at the train station Gare B. All run past Sainte Waudru and the Grand Place.


The city hall


the Petit Doudou actors in the procession of the Golden Car
The Van Gogh House


The belfry
Mons seen from the countryside

Go next

Mons is the Capital of the Province of Hainaut, and is a good base to explore the region.

The historic town of Nimy is a few kilometers to the north up the N6.

The Grand-Large Marina is close to the IMAGIPARK amusement park, and is a good place to start a canal tour of the local waterways.

The MAC's in Grand-Hornu (via TEC Bus lines 7 and 9) is a beautiful museum in a superb historic industrial coal site. Visit also the places near Grand-Hornu where Vincent Van Gogh lived.

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