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Tour the birthplace of Pilsner Urquell. Photo: Pilsner Urquell
Tour the birthplace of Pilsner Urquell. Photo: Pilsner Urquell

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Mons and Pilsen - The Cultural Capitals of Europe 2015

Normally there is just one Cultural Capital of Europe each year, but 2015 sees two cities dusting off the best of the best, offering plenty of great art – and great beer.

Digital art and street performances? Incredible exhibitions at newly opened museums? Folklore, architecture, and rock concerts? Both Mons in Belgium and Pilsen in the Czech Republic are pulling out all the stops to give you the experiences of a lifetime. And did we mention there’s beer? Yes, there is beer. 

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Photo: Mons 2015

With five new museums opening during 2015, Mons is making sure everyone is in on the secret. Installations will pop up in squares, alleys, and maybe just as you turn a corner. Be prepared to stumble upon great urban art.

Art en Ville, Place Warocqué
mons2015.eu

Brewery museum tour

Tour the birthplace of Pilsner Urquell. What more needs to be said? Enjoy the tour, learn the traditional craft of brewing, then sit back, sip and say ahhhh.

U Prazdroje 7
pilsnerurquell.com

Czech animated cartoons were a great part of growing up in the sixties and seventies. Photo: Zahrada2.cz

Trnka’s Garden

Czech animated cartoons were a great part of growing up in the sixties and seventies. Pilsen is paying homage to the art as well as one of its true masters, local hero Jiri Trnka.

West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen
Until May 24
Kopeckého sady 2
zahrada2.cz

Ducasse de Mons

Ducasse de Mons. Photo: WikimediaAt this annual medieval feast the town’s citizens gather to fight a greedy dragon named Doudou. A man dressed as St. George ‘finishes off’ the dragon with a pistol – although it’s all in good fun and no one gets hurt.

May 31
Main Square
mons2015.eu

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