Mons, a city in Belgium is located less than an hour from Brussels and an hour and a half from Ghent. The city’s close proximity to the French border has long made it a sought after location for those travelling Europe or on a business stay in the area. The population of Mons is just over 95,000. Serviced apartments and corporate accommodation in Mons is a popular choice when staying in the city. Offering more space, flexibility, and privacy than alternative accommodation options, serviced apartments have seen an increase in the city in recent years.
The area of Mons has been settled since the Neolithic period with flint tools being found. Mons began life as a settlement of a Belgian tribe, and later, during the 1800s became a heavily fortified city, but after Belgium gained independence in 1830 the removal of the fortifications happened. Due to its importance as an industrial city, Mons was heavily bombed during the Second World War, however, the city was soon rebuilt and restored to its former glory.
Mons’ economy is now based predominantly around an increasing influx of tourism as well as the high-tech industry. In 2015, the city was the Capital of Culture which brought to focus how Mons had been using culture and history to develop the city and region economically, subsequently, Mons was put on the map for being the place to visit for culture, architecture, and historic sites. Mons was originally part of the Belgian coal and steel hub, but in recent years the city has been forced to diversify into different areas of business.
Mons’ increasing tourist scene and rich history mean that serviced apartments in Mons are the perfect place to start an adventure from and a business stay doesn’t just have to be about work. The Grand Hornu is a modern art gallery on the site of a historic mining plot and can be found just west of the city centre. Other attractions include many national parks, Van Gogh’s former home, and an 18th-century abbey.
Mons railway station provides links to neighbouring cities and France. The city is located along the N56 and the European route E42. The nearest airport to Mons is Brussels Airport which can be found just over an hour and a half away north of the city centre.
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