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Often referred to by the locals as ‘the mountain of art,’ Mont des Arts is a spectacular urban complex and garden in Brussels, Belgium. It’s an unmissable corner of the city for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and curious travelers alike, mainly due to its eclectic mix of diverse collections, captivating architecture, and stunning terraced gardens.

History Mont des Arts, meaning ‘Hill of the Arts,’ owes its name to the numerous cultural institutions gathered in this area. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a densely populated neighborhood. The area has been revamped twice – once for the 1910 Brussels International Exposition, and later in the 1950s when an urban project converted it into the congress center that proudly stands there today.

How to Get There To get to Mont des Arts, it’s a 15-minute walk from the Brussels Central Station. If you prefer public transport, the buses 38, 63, 65, 66, and 71 all stop at ‘Kunstberg,’ right at the hill. Alternatively, you can take the underground (Line 1 and Line 5) to ‘Gare Centrale’ station.

List of Attractions

  1. Belgian Royal Library: Home to over 6 million documents, this is a bibliophile’s dream.
  2. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: This institution unites several art museums under its roof, presenting an extensive panorama of Belgian and foreign art.
  3. Musical Instruments Museum: An architectural marvel with over 8,000 instruments for music lovers to explore.
  4. Square – Brussels Meeting Centre: This conference venue houses underground rooms with superb pictorial works.
  5. Mont des Arts Park: The Mont des Arts Garden offers one of the city’s most memorable vistas.

Ticket Information Most of the institutions at Mont des Arts require admission tickets. Prices vary depending on the institution. It’s best to check directly on the institutions’ websites for the most accurate information. However, the access to Mont des Arts and its garden with its panoramic view is free of charge.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Time: Plan to spend at least half a day exploring the area.
  2. Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes; there’s quite a bit of walking involved.
  3. Eat Local: Don’t miss out on the Belgian waffles and other local delicacies sold at nearby stalls.
  4. Explore at Leisure: Take your time to explore the art and history contained within this urban masterpiece.
  5. Visit Early or Late: The gardens can get crowded during midday, so an early morning or late afternoon visit often provides a quieter experience.
  6. Souvenir Shops: Don’t forget to check out the souvenir shops at the nearby Grand Place, where you can find unique Brussels-themed gifts.
  7. Photography: Keep your camera at hand, Mont des Arts offers some of the best photo opportunities in Brussels, especially from the garden.

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