As you know, I’m a big fan of parks. City parks especially, as they give allow you a break from the usually busy city they’re in and are great places to just sit and think, read a book or watch people walk by. So when I visited Mons in the south of Belgium, I had to go check out the Waux-Hall park.
Waux-Hall Park in Mons, Belgium
The Waux-Hall Park is located right outside the big ring road around the historical center of Mons. It was designed by landscape artist Louis Fuchs (website in Dutch) in the middle of the 19th century as commissioned by a few wealthy citizens of Mons. Works started in 1862 and were finished two years later. In 1892, the city of Mons bought the park and it has been a city park ever since.
Waux-Hall Park is 5 ha. large and has some special trees, like a walnut tree and a Turkish hazel, but more impressive are the 100,000 flower bulbs that cover the park in colors every spring.
There are walking paths taking you criss-cross through the park and past several sculptures, but there’s also a playground for children, an exercise trail, a tennis court and a cafe. Oh, and you can try your hand at canoeing on the ponds!
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Free downloadable walking route for Mons
I put together walking route that shows you the most important sights in Mons.