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Lille

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Lille - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord
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Capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and City of Art and History, Lille offers a remarkable architectural and cultural heritage. The old town is a particularly lovely place to wander around with its many monuments, Flemish facades and pleasant pedestrian streets.

The Vieille Bourse buidling, looking onto the famous Grand'Place square, is a magnificent monument of Flemish Baroque style dating from the 17th century. This treasure of Vieux-Lille (Old Lille) consists of 24 houses surrounding a charming inner courtyard where secondhand booksellers, florists and chess players gather.

The very lively Grand'Place square, in the middle of which rises the Déesse column, is surrounded by beautiful buildings.

Other places of interest to explore are the Rihour Palace, a 15th-century Gothic building that today houses the tourist centre; Place du Théâtre square with the opera house and the Chamber of Commerce & Belfry; streets lined with period homes and mansions; the Hospice Comtesse museum; the Palace of Fine Art; and the Vauban citadel known as the "queen of citadels".

Unmissable, ththe Palace of Fine art is the second museum in France after the Louvre for the richness of its painting, sculpture, drawing and ceramic collections.

The Hospice Comtesse museum, located in a former hospital founded in the 13th century by the Countess Jeanne de Flandre, comprises a hospital ward, chapel, community building and dormitory. The museum also contains paintings, furniture and works of art.

The Natural History and Geology museum houses geology, zoology and ethnography collections.

Every first weekend of September, the famous Lille flea market takes place along more than 100 km of streets! An event not to be missed!

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Lille

Capital of French Flanders and prefecture of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, Lille, town of art and history, is famous for its architectural heritage, its lively atmosphere and its famous flea market which takes place every year on first weekend of September.

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Lille old town guided walking tour
Culture and education10 € Lille
Daytime Bus Tour: Must-See Lille
Culture and education12 € Lille
Visit the belfry of Lille's City Hall with an audioguide
Culture and education7 € Lille
Lille pass: visits, transport, monuments and museums included
Culture and education25 € Lille
Beer Tasting Treasure Hunt in Lille
Entertainment25 € Lille

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Lille street market
A big popular gathering with second-hand goods dealers and mussel and chip standsSeptember 2017

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Old Lille
Old Lille
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Republic Square
Republic Square
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Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts
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Porte de Paris
Porte de Paris
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Paris Gate
Paris Gate
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Porte de Paris, at the bottom the belfry
Porte de Paris, at the bottom the belfry
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Belfry
Belfry
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monumental staircase gardens outside Paris
monumental staircase gardens outside Paris
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Porte de Paris
Porte de Paris
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Paris Gate
Paris Gate
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Town Hall
Town Hall
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Detail of the Town Hall
Detail of the Town Hall
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Place Simon Vollant
Place Simon Vollant
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Old Hospital Saint-Sauveur
Old Hospital Saint-Sauveur
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Old Hospital Saint-Sauveur
Old Hospital Saint-Sauveur
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Hotel and former Hospice Ghent
Hotel and former Hospice Ghent
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Ghent Hotel and former Hospice
Ghent Hotel and former Hospice
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St Saviour's Church
St Saviour's Church
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Church of the Savior
Church of the Savior
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Lille-Europe station (TGV)
Lille-Europe station (TGV)
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Station Lille-Europe
Station Lille-Europe
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Euralille Mall
Euralille Mall
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Rue des Gunners
Rue des Gunners
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Statue Petit Quinquin
Statue Petit Quinquin
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Wault Wharf
Wault Wharf
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Wharf Wault
Wharf Wault
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Monument - Bois de Boulogne
Monument - Bois de Boulogne
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War Memorial
War Memorial
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Porte de Roubaix
Porte de Roubaix
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Porte de Roubaix
Porte de Roubaix
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The Deule
The Deule
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Station Lille-Europe
Station Lille-Europe
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St. Michel
St. Michel
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Monument place Philippe Lebon
Monument place Philippe Lebon
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Noble 15th century tower
Noble 15th century tower
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Detail Noble Tour
Detail Noble Tour
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Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
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Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
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Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
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Palais Rameau
Palais Rameau
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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St. Maurice
St. Maurice
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Lille, new business district - Fast Track
Lille, new business district - Fast Track
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Lille, new business district Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district Lille, new business district
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Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district
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Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district
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Lille , new business district - Le Zenith
Lille , new business district - Le Zenith
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Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district
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Administrative City
Administrative City
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Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district
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Lille, new business district
Lille, new business district
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Lille, new business district - Sculpture
Lille, new business district - Sculpture
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Old Lille
Old Lille
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Old Lille
Old Lille
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Educational farm
Educational farm
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Former Hospice Comtesse
Former Hospice Comtesse
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Lille, new business district - Casino
Lille, new business district - Casino
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Lille, new business district - the Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral
Lille, new business district - the Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre Casino
Notre Casino
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Lille, new business district -
Lille, new business district -
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- Casino Casino Lille, new business district -Lille Cathedral - Bell Tower
- Casino Casino Lille, new business district -Lille Cathedral - Bell Tower
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Notre-Dame de la Treille - Bell Tower
Notre-Dame de la Treille - Bell Tower
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Notre-Dame de la Treille - Main Portal
Notre-Dame de la Treille - Main Portal
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Notre-Dame de la Treille - Main Portal
Notre-Dame de la Treille - Main Portal
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre -Lille Cathedral
Notre -Lille Cathedral
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre-Dame de la Treille
Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Notre-Dame de la Treille - Sculpture
Notre-Dame de la Treille - Sculpture
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La Vieille Bourse
La Vieille Bourse
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Rue Lepelletier
Rue Lepelletier
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Statue of General Faidherbe
Statue of General Faidherbe
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Between stations
Between stations
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Tulips Shangri-La
Tulips Shangri-La
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