The Belgian city of Mons is the capital of the Province of Hainaut and it can be easily used as a base to explore the region and the surrounding area. Mons is not even that far from Brussels itself, which is only about an hour maximum on the train. There is plenty to do and see in this quaint city -- there is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the almost-ninety-meters-tall Belfry, which was erected in the seventeenth century. There are several stunning churches to be visited; St Waltrude is above all very special, due to its treasury room, which is open to the public to visit. Mons is an university town, which it makes it lively and full of young people, especially in certain times of the year.
There are various accommodation options in Mons, most of which are hotels, but there are options for hostels in Mons that offer great-value-for-money rooms. Your chosen Mons hostel is not difficult to find at all; it will be quite modern and very well located. Hostels in Mons also offer rooms with private facilities for who prefer to have more privacy.
In Mons, it's also possible to visit a house where Van Gogh lived for a while, and there also is a museum dedicated to the artist. It would be nice to visit Mons during its annual festival called Doudou, which involves various activities, including the procession and the combat of Saint George. Apparently the Doudou procession passes in front of your chosen Mons hostel, which is a bonus for whomever stays there.
Only two kilometers east of Mons, there also is a World War I burial ground; the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is also very nice to visit and to go to pay respects to those who lost lives during the war.
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