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Mont des Arts

Climb to the top of this hillside arts precinct for views across the city and then visit some of the city’s best-known cultural institutions.

With 10 of the largest galleries and museums in the city, Mont des Arts is a thriving cultural hub. Explore the area on foot and seek out the major exhibitions or discover the independent galleries that have prospered in the area. 

King Leopold II originally conceived the idea for this innovative arts precinct in the late 19th century but it took more than 50 years to come to fruition. Mont des Arts is centered on the hill that occupies the space between the Royal Palace and the Grand Place and is today considered the city’s must-see museum quarter.

See influential paintings at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts or discover the local history at the National Archives of Belgium. Learn about Belgium’s long legacy of film at the Belgian Royal Film Archive, now called CINEMATEK. 

This area was once a densely populated residential neighborhood but many of the original structures were destroyed by the king to make way for the development of Mont des Arts. A number of modern architectural buildings and large open spaces have replaced the old houses.

The gardens and open spaces that surround the museums are destinations in themselves and even those with no interest in art will still love a visit to Mont des Arts. Climb to the summit of the hill for one of the best views across the city or surround yourself with nature by picnicking in the Mont des Arts gardens.

Mont des Arts is a public area and is located in central Brussels. It can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels. Parking is available near the Grand Place and the area is well-serviced by all modes of Brussels’ efficient public transport system.


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Lodging Near Mont des Arts

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Motel One Brussels

Motel One Brussels

Rue Royale 120, Brussels
4.4
of 5, from 793 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Upper Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colonne du Congres and Cathedral of St. Michael. Belgian Comic Strip Center and Museum of Musical Instruments are also within 10 minutes.

$67
Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre

Rue Du Midi 135, Brussels
3.8
of 5, from 3,910 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Just 450 meters from the Grand Place and 200 meters from Manneken Pis, this central Brussels hotel is also easily accessible from all major business areas of the city.

$127
Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole

31 Place de Brouckere, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 3,076 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This grand and gracious building is a block from Brussels' Rue Neuve shops and 500 meters from Grand Place, the Chocolate Museum, and the Parc de Bruxelles.

$128
Warwick Brussels

Warwick Brussels

Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 2,407 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Warwick Brussels is a 2-minute walk from Brussels City Hall. Guests can stroll 2 minutes to Central Station, which offers metro lines to all of Brussels and trains to other areas in Belgium.

$145
The Hotel

The Hotel

38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
4.5
of 5, from 1,005 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Boasting the highest viewing point in the city, this 27-story hotel towers over Egmont Park in central Brussels on the fashionable Boulevard de Waterloo, only 300 meters away from Avenue Louise.

$126
Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

120 Rue Du Marche Aux Herbes, Brussels
4.3
of 5, from 1,762 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La Grand Place. Manneken Pis Statue and Cathedral of St. Michael are also within 10 minutes.

$101
ibis Brussels off Grand Place

ibis Brussels off Grand Place

Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, Brussels
4.1
of 5, from 1,122 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps from Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La Grand Place. Cathedral of St. Michael and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes.

$78
Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand Place

Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand Place

Rue De La Fourche 17/19, Brussels
3.7
of 5, from 1,840 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

The Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand Place is in the center of Brussels, a 3-minute walk from Grand Place, and 5 minutes from the Central Station. The metro from De Brouckere station, 3 minutes’ walk away, whisks guests to the European Commission and Parliament in around 15 minutes.