Mons, the capital of the province of Hainaut with its historic heart has many attractions and a remarkable heritage, moulded by history and marked by human activity over thousands of years. It is also a land of art and culture, tradition, scientific adventures and exceptional natural sites. You will love the city centre and the main square with its terraces! End the evening in one of its excellent restaurants within everyone’s means.
Not to be missed: The Sainte-Waudru Collegiate Church, a jewel of Gothic architecture, the famous baroque Belfry, listed by UNESCO as world heritage, the Town Hall, the Mayor’s Garden, the Waux-Hall park and the numerous museums. On Trinity Sunday, do not miss the “Doudou” (popular name given to a week of collective jubilation that takes place in the town of Mons) and its procession, the Ascension of the “Car d’Or” and its battle called “Lumeçon” (both listed by UNESCO as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity).
You prefer to ride a bike? No problem! The “Cyclists’ House” offers you bicycles to rent. With the “RAVEL” network (4 km away from our farm), you can have hours and hours of bicycle rides!
Mons, an ancient mining area has a pleasant landscape and gives you the opportunity to climb up the nearby slag heaps. As a reward once on top you’ll have a magnificent view of the city of Mons and its neighbourhood.
If you like golf, our house is only 8 km away from the Royal Golf Club with 27 holes and the “Mont Garni” with 18 holes. There are a lot of sports activities in the area. We can inform you. Maps available on the spot.
Our surrounding area offers you a lot of various visits’possibilities for you and your family. For instance the hydraulic boat lifts in Strépy-Bracquegnies, listed as UNESCO World Heritage, and the nature reserves in the area, like “Marionville” in Quaregnon and “Mer de Sable” in Stambruges.
Park Pairi Daiza (formerly park Paradisio) with its huge diversity of exotic animals is great for all ages and its Indonesian garden, the biggest in Europe, gives you the opportunity to spend a relaxing and recreational day.
In Mons and its area you’ll find various museums, churches and other interesting sights, as for example “Le Grand Hornu” with its mining cottages that are remains of the 19th century and have been completely renovated.
Every Tuesday and Thursday in Saint-Ghislain, the museum of “fun fair” tells its secrets. If you like the markets, what about going to the italian market in Quaregnon on Monday morning and to the flower market on Friday morning and Sunday morning in Mons ?
If you want to know more about the different visits, attractions or beauty spots and restaurants Ton and Ingrid are at your disposal and will answer all your questions.