Mont des Arts (Arts Mountain), Brussels

Mont des Arts (Arts Mountain), Brussels

The Kunstberg or Mont des Arts, translating as a "hill/mountain of the arts", is a historic site in the center of Brussels. The showcase square was created for the Universal Exposition in Brussels held in 1910. It featured a park and a monumental staircase with cascading fountains descending the gentle slope from Place Royale down to Boulevard de l'Empereur/Keizerslaan.

The original square was destroyed during the post-war construction frenzy, known as Brusselization; between 1954 and 1965, the square and its surroundings gave way to massive, severely geometric postmodern structures, such as the Royal Library of Belgium and the Congress Palace. The Mont des Arts offers one of Brussels’ finest views. From the vantage point on a hill, the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall in Grand Place is clearly visible. On a sunny day, the Koekelberg Basilica and even the Atomium can be seen as well.

Major museums are located within walking distance of the Mont des Arts: the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), displaying a collection of over 2,000 musical instruments from many countries and from different time periods, with some pieces over 500 years old; the Royal Museums of Fine Arts containing over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings spanning from the early 15th century to the present; and the Magritte Museum, dedicated to showing the works of the famous Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.
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Sight Name: Mont des Arts (Arts Mountain)
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium (See walking tours in Brussels)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Mont Des Arts Cultural Walk

Mont Des Arts Cultural Walk

Mont des Arts, meaning "hill of the arts", is one of the most important cultural sites in Brussels. A classic among the city’s vantage points, it offers a fine city garden and restored showcase of architecture, in addition to several great museums.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
The European Quarter Walking Tour

The European Quarter Walking Tour

Along with Luxembourg and Strasbourg, Brussels is one of the European Union’s de facto capitals. The office blocks of the European Quarter are mainly concentrated along and between two wide boulevards – rue de la Loi and rue Belliard – which Léopold II built to connect his Parc du Cinquantenaire with the city center.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Grand Place Walking Tour

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World-famous for its imposing Baroque-style buildings, such as the Town Hall, the King's House and the House of Dukes, the Grand Place of Brussels a whole is indisputably a masterpiece of human creative genius, with a special quality of homogeneity and coherency.

The buildings around the Grand Place, all different but built within a very short period, admirably illustrate the Baroque...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Brussels is a major European metropolis with a remarkable history and cultural heritage, renowned for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as for its historical and architectural landmarks, some of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. The history of Brussels is closely linked to that of Western Europe, during which the city has evolved from a small rural settlement to an important...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Brussels Beer Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles

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