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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Valenciennes
Insee code59606
AltitudeFrom 17 to 56 meters
Surface13.84 km²
Population44502 inhabitants
Density3215 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Saulve at 3.3 km (9 min)
Chief townLille (at 52 km, 39 min)Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes at 3.4 km (7 min)
DepartmentNordAnzin at 3.4 km (9 min)
RegionNord-Pas-de-CalaisSearch another town


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  • A privileged location:
  • Valenciennes, sub-prefecture of the Nord department, capital of the province of French Hainault, is situated in Nord - Pas de Calais, the third economic region in France.
  • Two hours from the main capitals of Northern Europe, Valenciennes is particularly favored by its geographical location. At the heart of Europe, the city is close to five European countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and the UK.
  • Network of urban transport performance, quality motorways, TGV direct to Paris, close to international airports, travel guarantee easy, fast and in good safety conditions.
  • Valenciennes is the central city of the third town in the Nord - Pas de Calais, the Valenciennes region, which includes the communities of Greater Metropolitan Valenciennes, Porte du Hainaut and the community of municipalities of the Valley Scarpe. The district has 81 communes rich diversity: a multitude of landscapes, and recreational facilities available to residents. Its population, including more than 30% are under 20 years is an exceptional talent pool.
  • Expertise clusters economic performance, human-scale habitat, businesses of all sizes, the presence of key governmental, recreational modern, nurseries, hospitals, cultural and sporting events, can enjoy the benefits of large cities while avoiding their disadvantages.
  • Transport infrastructure:
  • A road network interconnected to the European network: A2 Paris-Brussels - Lille-A23 Valenciennes - Bypass mining Valenciennes-Douai.
  • Access to major ports in the North Sea by the Canal de l'Escaut large gauge: canal river-sea-Dunkirk-Valenciennes Belgium and the port of Valenciennes, the third river port after Dunkirk and Lille.
  • Five international airports within two hours of Valenciennes: Lille Lesquin (25 min) - Paris / Charles de Gaulle (1:45 min) - Brussels-Zaventem (1h) - Beauvais (1:45) - Charleroi (1 hour).
  • A business airfield equipped all Valenciennes time of 5 minutes.
  • Direct links to Paris by TGV.
  • A transit system performance:
  • A tram line between the university and the neighborhood Dutemple downtown, with an extension to Denain.
  • A second line project to the Land of Conde with an extension to Belgium.
  • A bus network of 638 km, 31 lines, 750 stops.
  • Matching and multiple collaborations: This opening to Europe and the world is also reflected by many twinning and cooperation since 1955. These exchanges are a source of mutual enrichment:
  • Medway (England).
  • Yichang (China).
  • Düren (Germany).
  • Moscow (Russia).
  • Agrigento (Italy).
  • Nacka (Sweden).
  • Gliwice (Poland).
  • Miskolc (Hungary).
  • A turbulent history:
  • Placed in the border area and at the crossroads of many routes, Valenciennes experienced a turbulent history, rich and often flamboyant but sometimes quite dramatic.
  • The first mention of the city date from the late 7th century. However, the creation and development of the city on the banks of the Scheldt back to earlier times, in connection with settlements of Roman Famars and Bavay.
  • Valenciennes, become a real strategic position with its keep, its fortifications, the palace of the counts, his town house, its belfry, convents and monasteries was, in all ages, highly coveted. First Frankish Valenciennes fell successively under the authority of the houses of Lorraine, Flanders, Bavaria, Burgundy, Austria, Spain to become permanently French in 1677.
  • The influence of commercial and industrial capital of Hainaut has continued over the centuries. Coal, discovered in 1723, then, in the 18th century, the lace industry and the earthenware allow it to reach its peak. In 1860, Valenciennes be nicknamed "Athens of the North" because of the many famous local artists (including 21 first major of Rome Price: Harpignies, Carpeaux, etc..) Or visiting the city and the lavish parties given there.
  • A history marked by wars: Valenciennes has undergone many battles, sieges, invasions that left wounds in the body of the city. More recently, the battles of the reconquest in 1918 and the fire downtown in 1940 led to considerable damage changing the urban fabric. The Dodenne Tower, built in 1449 to strengthen the defenses of the city and control the entry of the river in the city, is the latest evidence of this walled city warlike past.
  • Valenciennes today: The town is completely transformed and is back playing his role as a metropolis of regional balance. A spectacular urban renewal Valenciennes allows us to offer a living environment as pleasant and the best conditions to flourish. Valenciennes regained its former luster and attractiveness as expected of a city-center.
  • The Miracle of Saint-Cordon:
  • Known beyond its borders, the oldest tradition of Valenciennes traces the roots of its history. In 1008, during a plague epidemic, the Virgin Mary appeared to a pious hermit named Bertholin. She then deployed around the city, a cordon of protection that instantly stopped the contagion of this evil and healed them. Each year, the Brotherhood of Royes of Our Lady of Saint-Cordon, created at that time, and provides a great solemnity surrounding the commemoration of this miracle to pay tribute to the Queen City.
  • In 2008, around the Notre Dame Basilica of Saint-Cordon, "the millennium of Saint-Cordon."
  • Many cultural and religious activities offered: concerts, seminars, exhibitions, lectures, historical procession ... not to mention the procession of September 14, 2008 print of an exceptional character.
  • In the land of festivals:
  • Hospitality, leisure and celebration are deeply inscribed in the tradition and history of the city.
  • Carnivals, ducasses, sidewalk sales, the people here have a strong sense of conviviality and celebration. Like many northern cities, Valenciennes kept the tradition of giant, colorful characters that are the heart of popular jubilation for centuries. Each year during the feast days of September, Binbin drives the young and old in a beautiful carnival parade and folk.
  • The lace Valenciennes:
  • Very rare, lace Valenciennes is one of the world's most valuable. The art of "Valenciennes" enjoyed a meteoric rise through Valenciennoise, Françoise Badar, who founded the 18th century a congregation of women to pass on his expertise. What was once a thriving industry employing some 4,000 workers who had to live up to the revolution all kinds of corporations is now a part of leisure among the Fine Arts.
  • Discover, in the lobby of City Hall and media library, an exhibition of stunning works. The School of lace Valenciennes offers demonstrations of this beautiful tradition. The "Valenciennes" is available in several retail outlets in the city.
  • Gastronomy:
  • The food is also very present in Valenciennes. Members of the association and Home Gastronomy that brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers, tourism professionals will help you discover a rich and varied cuisine, not to mention the tasty cuisine of Northern and local specialties such as language Lucullus.
  • The Bakers of Hainaut are no exception and will delight your taste buds with the famous pastry "the Carpeaux", the "Follies" and many other delicacies such as heap "Germinal" ...
  • Culture:
  • City market and industrial in nature, has always left a Valenciennes into the arts and artists whereby radiation is now well above its borders.
  • The culture accessible to all: Animated by the conviction that culture is a vehicle for discovery, education, integration and openness, Valenciennes is committed to design and implement a cultural policy in particular and ambitious. The number and quality of its facilities make Valenciennes "Athens of the North". A national stage, the Phoenix, and municipal institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts, Media Library, the School of Fine Arts, the Conservatory ..., promote diversity and variety of cultural events offered to Valenciennes.


  • The Museum of Fine Arts Valenciennes:
  • This imposing palace with large proportions prestigious showcases the artwork covering the periods from the Gallo-Roman times until the 20th century. He holds an extraordinary collection of Flemish paintings (Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck) and French (Watteau, Pater, Lancret, etc..).
  • Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and his contemporaries are staged in a large sculpture garden in the heart of the building.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts Valenciennes also offers all the resources of a modern museum: conference room, bookshop, café and educational workshops.
  • The Multimedia Library Valenciennes:
  • Listed as a "historic monument", it occupies the buildings of the former Jesuit College. Rich fund of priceless manuscripts, incunabula, books prior to the 19th century, it has the oldest poem in French "La Sainte-Eulalie Cantilena" from the year 882.
  • Completely renovated, the library is a great site to access knowledge and information for all audiences: 300,000 books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, movies, 30 networked microcomputers with an online catalog. True place of trade and entertainment, the media library hosts exhibitions, performances, lectures and reading workshops.
  • The Conservatory Valenciennes:
  • Tourism or the birth of many renowned composers, saw the birth of his Valenciennes Academy of Music in 1697. It was in 1884 that this prestigious institution is the National School of Music and Dramatic Art.
  • In this forum designated "school resource" teachers attended each year some 620 students from 5 to 20 years in 40 classes in 34 different disciplines taught. They enjoy an arts program classified and controlled by the Ministry of Culture. The child is practicing, listening, talks and looks. This balance between knowledge of self and others enabled him to find true fulfillment in musical moments: evaluations, exams, auditions, concerts, entertainment ...
  • "The Phoenix", nationally:
  • This theater, the largest theater equipment north of Paris, has a particularly flamboyant and impressive architecture. It offers each year a festival of great diversity: theater, classical music, jazz, dance and young people.
  • At the forefront of new technology, it provides companies and institutions to organize their seminars, congresses, conferences, conventions ...
  • Any heritage to explore:
  • At dusk, feel free to stroll through the town to discover Valenciennes dressed light.
  • Through the implementation of the lighting plan, more than 60 sites that are now illuminated: historical monuments, buildings individuals, squares, squares, gardens ... the finest locations available to you!
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Valenciennes
Leisure centresLeisure Centre of the Vignoble,   Museum of Fine Art of Valenciennes
MonumentsChurch Saint-Géry
Performance hallsEspace Pasolini - Jeune Théâtre International,   Le Phénix,   Stadium Nungesser,   Stadium of the Hainaut


Green SquareGreen Square
Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Fine Arts
Jesuit CollegeJesuit College
Place d'ArmesPlace d'Armes
Place d'ArmesPlace d'Armes


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French cuisine restaurantLes Arcades  
Spécialité en fruits de mer et poissons, le filet de boeuf flambé au poivre vert et autres fait devant le client.
Located in Valenciennes41 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantL'Escargot  
At the heart of Valenciennes, you will find a true Parisian brasserie. Established for over 150 years, the snail has an experience that enabled him to be selected by the Gault Millau...
Located in Valenciennes28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Ch'ti Charivari  
Discover the Ch'ti Charivari, a small corner of Savoy in the heart of Valenciennes! The wooded interior, warm and welcoming, looks like a traditional cottage. The menu is a Savoyard...
Located in Valenciennes23 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsDomaine de la Frênaie     NEW
Surrounded by a park of 3000 m², the Domaine de la Frênaie is located in the village of Estreux and has an outdoor pool, a tennis court and a large terrace. It offers rooms with a private...
Located 5.3 km from ValenciennesFrom 85 € to 95 € the double room 
Farm with 1 bedroomLa Rose Laitière    
We welcome you in our renovated farmhouse of the xviii century. You will be charmed by the double ensuite bedroom ' La chambre du Bassin Aquatique' (max 3 pers.) The room is decorated...
Located 13.9 km from Valenciennes70 € the double room 
Farm with 2 bedroomsLa Ferme des Géants Batisse et Lisa    
Family guest bedroom with master suite on the Farm of the Giants Batisse and Lisa, renovated farmhouse in the hamlet Rouillon in the heart of the natural park Scarpe-Escaut, near the...
Located 17.4 km from ValenciennesFrom 30 € to 55 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsGîte des Prairies  
Cottage 67 m² renovated, opened in September 2013 in a green, quiet, cozy and warm on a farm, crops and dairy cows. The lovers of the countryside, cycling and walking will find their...
Located 8.6 km from ValenciennesFrom 350 € to 380 € per week 
House for 4 personsPerle de L' Ecaillon  
Welcome. We offer your a romantic stay in one of our 2 ensuite guestrooms or in our romantic holiday cottage / gîte on the estate of our historical farm ' La Rose Laitiere ' from the...
Located 14 km from ValenciennesFrom 450 € to 700 € per week 
Caravan for 4 personsRoulotte de charme
Real trailer charming, traditional, fully equipped, bathroom with shower, toilet, two single beds bunk beds in alcove for two people, kitchenette equipped.
Located 14.6 km from ValenciennesFrom 350 € to 450 € per week 

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97 places over 3,6 haLe mont des bruyères    
On the edge of 5000 hectares of forest, 3 minutes from the spa, camping with bar, shop, rentals of mobile homes fully equipped, linen provided.
Located 9.5 km from ValenciennesFrom 17 € to 21 € per day 

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Campanile Valenciennes - Rouvignies - Hotel in ValenciennesCampanile Valenciennes - Rouvignies     
This Campanile is located on the main route between Paris and Brussels, a 3-minute drive from the A2 motorway, and less than a 10-minute drive from Valenciennes town centre. It features...
Located in ValenciennesRoom from 39 €
Le Grand Hotel - Hotel in ValenciennesLe Grand Hotel     
Le Grand Hotel is located just opposite the TGV Train Station of Valenciennes, close to the motorway and town centre and it has a 24-hour reception. The hotel offers free WiFi internet...
Located in ValenciennesRoom from 68 €
Hôtel balladins Valenciennes Aéroport - Hotel in ValenciennesHôtel balladins Valenciennes Aéroport     
Hotel Balladins Valenciennes Aéroport sits 2 km from the airport. It offers practical and modern rooms with flat-screen TV with Canal Satellite. Guests planning an overnight stay, the...
Located in ValenciennesRoom from 49 €

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Hôtel balladins Lille
The Hotel Balladins Lille is situated in Lille city centre, directly opposite Lille Flanders Train Station and a 10-minute walk from Lille-Europe Station....
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