This important sight in Ghent is a castle with a very turbulent past, closely intertwined with the complex—often stormy—political and social history of the city.Read more
For some critical months, the greater Mons was home to the world-famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh. A place that also took hold of a soft spot in Victor Hugo's heart, the streets and atmosphere of Mons have no equal.
Day 1: Arrival in Mons
Check-in at Hotel Dream or similar (not included)
Enter the entrance of an old chapel. You will be greeted by the staff of Hotel Dream upon your arrival. Each room is designed adhering to a special Belgian theme. Look around you. Relax and appreciate a quality 3-course dinner at a Michelin and Gault & Millau recommended Bistro de Jean-Phi.
Day 2: Explore Mons
Visit Belfry tower and Maison Losseau
Maison Losseau will lead you to the mansion of worldly knowledge and the impressive mind of a curious. The Belfry tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for centuries it came to represent the wealth and influential power of the town. Its architecture style will feed your arty appetite. Your morning has been productive. A table is reserved for you at Le Carillon for an enjoyable lunch.
Bike to van Gogh's
Collect your rental bike in the city and bike to Van Gogh's temporary home. Van Gogh decided to become the painter we know of, and this happened only after his stay in Borinage. Visit his once humble home while he was a preacher. The Borinage was also often a topic of his paintings.