Perched proudly on its mound in the heart of the Hainaut province, the Belgian city of Mons is the perfect location for an enriching city break. This characterful place is compact but beautiful, and what it lacks in size it makes up for with its unique ethereal charm. The city pulses around its ancient Grand-Place, a large cobblestone square lined with gorgeous terraces, shops, cafes and restaurants. The sumptuous Gothic town hall, or Hôtel de Ville, is a big draw for architecture fans, who stop by to marvel at the intricate details on the façade. Curiously, it is custom to pat the head of a bronze monkey - of disputed origin - that resides in front of the building. Doing so is said to bring good fortune. The Hôtel de Ville is topped with a stunning 17th century UNESCO-listed Baroque belfry, which you can climb for panoramic views of the Mons skyline. As well as sightseeing, visitors can explore a handful of modern museums, an abandoned castle and catch a live concert at L'Alhambra music venue. Visit after Easter and partake in the festivities of the Ducasse de Mons, a peculiar but unmissable religious festival where locals recreate the combat between Saint George and the Dragon.

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Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

Chateau d'Havre

Sainte Waudru Church

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