Hainaut is a province in the West of Belgium in the Walloon Region. It shares a border with France. Hainaut, rich in culture and tourism, has some iconic regions among which the Tournaisis, the Thudinie, the boot of Henegouwen, the Borinage and the center and countryside of Charleroi. The last three of those are places known for their coal mining history.
Mons, the province’s capital, will be European capital of culture in 2015. Among the 19 UNESCO-protected locations and events are: The Cathedral and the bell tower in Tournai, the carnival in Binche, the mining sites in Bois du Cazier and Grand-Hornu and the Canal du Centre and its hydraulic lifts. Concerning real estate, the situation differs per region, but in general Hainaut is very accessible.
The province has 1,3 million inhabitants, making it the most populated province in the Walloon Region. Where mobility is concerned, you’ll find the E13, E42, A49 and the A54 are always close by. Hainaut has 5 cities with over 50.000 inhabitants: Mons, Charleroi, La Louvière, Mouscron and Tournai. The height difference in Hainaut ranges from 10 meters (Celles) to 365 meters (L’Escaillère à Chimay).