Rising to a height of 176 m, Mont Cassel looks out over the whole Flanders plain. Nature lovers flock here to take in the panorama that has inspired so many artists and dreamers. The Departmental Museum of Flanders sits at the top of the hill, housed in the Noble Cour hotel, a magnificent 16th-century building. Unique in Europe, its main purpose is to promote artistic creation in Flanders, through a multidisciplinary collection that harmoniously mingles ancient works with contemporary art. This cross-border approach brings a fresh perspective on an age-old culture. The museum is a dynamic, vibrant place, regularly updating its permanent exhibition and organising a whole host of temporary exhibitions and cultural events.