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Lille


Discover Lille and the region…

Through the years, Lille’s passionate history has shaped the unique cultural trappings of this beautiful town. Unmistakably French, but tinted with a Flemish allure, each year Lille seduces its many visitors with its welcoming ambiance, well-preserved heritage and its rich cultural life….

 

The Old Town

Let yourself be transported back in time by this charming quartier featuring remarkably preserved Flemish architecture, replete with cobbled streets, crumbling stone facades and intriguing windy lanes.

 

The Grand Place

The Grand Place is one of the places most symbolic of the Flanders capital. Its flamboyant baroque facades are the height of commerce and trade during the modern epoch.

Still today, the Place de la Déesse, as it is called by the locals, has retained its relevance as a place to meet and drink a coffee or a beer on the terrace.

 

Fine Arts Museum

As a result of its rich collection, the Palais des Beaux arts is considered by many to be the second most important museum in France.

Founded in 1901 by Napoleon in order to flaunt the grandeur of French heritage, its neo-classical architecture still manages to impress.

These days, the building allows visitors to admire works by prestigious artists such as Delacroix, Goya and Rubens. It possesses the second largest collection of Flemish works after only the Louvre.

 

Place du Concert Food Market

This market is ideally situated just 2 minutes walk from the hostel (just continue along rue Saint Andre) at Place du Concert.

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the Market Wazemmes at this intimate Sunday food market, known for its tranquility and ambiance. Browse the stalls for top class organic produce and local hand made products, and enjoy your finds at one of the many good bars and cafes lining the square. Locals come here not just to buy groceries but also to drink a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.

 

Le Musee de L’Hospice Comtesse

The Musee de L’Hospice Comtesse, which is testament to the richness and complexity of Lille’s history, is also just a stone’s throw from the hostel. The building itself is a masterpiece of the 15th to 18th Century and the collections it houses which chronicle the story of Lille and the life of its inhabitants during the time of the French Revolution.

 

The Birthplace of Charles De Gaulle

Visitors to the Vieux Lille are lucky enough to be able to visit this spot where a critical event in French history took place – Charles de Gaulle was born on the 22nd November, 1890. This residence, located at 9 rue Princesse, Lille, belonged to his grand-parents and is a bourgeoise residence, typical to the North of France.

A program of lectures as well as temporary expositions, held in conjunction with a number of regional, national and international cultural institutions, take place here.

 

The Bois de Boulogne and Lille Zoo

Situated around the Citadelle and along the banks of la Deûle river, this enormous park offers nature fans the possibility to stroll, jog or cycle through over 45 hectares of gardens and forest.

Come and enjoy a free visit to one of the most tourist sites in the province : the Lille Zoo! This Zoo, which was opened in 1950, houses more than 300 animals and is visited by 1.4 million people each year.

 

Wazemmes Market

This Sunday morning institution is a must-see in Lille, and a part of every respectable locals weekly routine. Here, you can find everything you would expect at a good Sunday market, from vegetables and fruits, to cheese, flowers, and fabric, as well as many unexpected delights and exotic products. It’s one of the biggest public markets in France, and maybe the busiest with up to 50, 000 visitors some Sundays!!! Get there early (before 11am) to avoid the crowds.

 

La Piscine de Roubaix, museum of art and industry

This famous gallery awakens the curiosity of thousands of visitors each year, who come not just for its collections of applied and fine arts (drawings, textiles and ceramics as well as paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries), but also for the architecture of the gallery itself. It is indeed a work of art, situated within a public swimming pool which was remarkably renovated by A. Baert in 1932.

 

LAM (Lille Art Museum) at Villeneuve D’Ascq

Re-baptised LaM, this museum of modern, contemporary and brut art, benefits from a surprising combination of two beautiful architectural styles, one old and one new. Its parc de sculptures contains three prestigious collections of modern (Picasso, Léger, Miro, Modigliani…) and contemporary art (Buren, Deacon, Messager…) as well as the biggest collection of brut art in France (Lesage, Wölfli, Forestier…)

 

But wait, there’s more:

  • L’hôtel de ville and its bell-tower
  • Lille’s Opera
  • Palais Rihour
  • Vieille Bourse
  • Citadelle Vauban
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Treille
  • Rang du beau regard