Lille Things to Do

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  • 1. Place du General de Gaulle - Grande Place

    The official name of this square is the Place du Général-de-Gaulle, but most people still call it Grand’Place. It is the traditional main square of Lille and is now largely car-free, with only one...

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  • 2. Vieux Lille

    Vieux Lille (Old Lille) is a district just north of the city center and east of the Citadel. This district doesn’t seem to have any exact boundaries, but Rue Basse is certainly part of it. The streets...

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  • 3. Palais des Beaux Arts

    Lille's main art gallery, the Beaux Arts Museum, is said to be second only to the Louvre in Paris. The interior of the building is light and spacious and - unlike the Louvre - uncrowded so you can...

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  • 4. Opera House

    The original Municipal Theater in Lille was built from 1784 to 1787 and served its purpose for over a century, until it burned to the ground in a mysterious fire on the night of April 5-6, 1903. After...

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  • 5. Vielle Bourse

    This elaborate historic building was built in 1652 and 1653 as a trade center for the merchants of Lille. It is a square building with a large inner courtyard and galleries. The architectural style is...

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  • 6. Architecture

    You defintely should take a stroll through the old part of Lille with it's charming houses and narrow streets. You will discover little shops, fine restaurants and interesting bars. If you are too...

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  • 7. Hospice Comtesse

    As the name implies, this is a street where a mint (in the sense of minting coins) once stood. This is one of the oldest streets in Lille and still has a number of historic buildings, some in good...

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  • 8. Notre Dame De La Treille

    An interesting feature of the cathedral is the front door, made of metal in a grid pattern with small bas-relief sculptures at some of the junctions. If I have understood correctly, this was the last...

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  • 9. Chamber of Commerce

    This ornate building dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. It was built in a style called Neo-Flemish, to fit in with the older Flemish-looking buildings nearby. Second photo: The bell...

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  • 10. Porte de Paris

    Porte de paris is gebouwd met de conceptie van lodewijk XIV. Hij hield erg veel van kleuren en men gebruikte dus meer goud , geel blauw rood voor la porte de paris. Vroeger was het porte des malades...

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  • 11. Zoo

    Located in the grounds of the Citadelle, the zoo is Lille's most popular attraction with 1.2 million visitors annually. The Zoo is free and houses about 400 animals representing 80 different species:...

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  • 12. Euralille

    Euralille station: Not only for take the train! Lille is at the heart of the European network of Trains to Big Speed (TGV) and one decided to re-use 120 hectares of military domain for the creation...

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  • 13. Place du Theatre

    Just off the Grance Place there is a Chinese looking building, that looks quite of of place in a city like Lille, but still was nice to see it there. It was part of a cultural exhibition in 2004 as it...

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  • 14. The Ski Boot

    Christian de Portzamparc was the architecht of this very modern new landmark of Lille. The L-Shaped Credit Lyonnais Tower, better known as the -ski boot-, perches above the Eurostar station, so its...

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  • 15. Place Rihour

    Place Rihour is a lively public square in the city center of Lille, just 200 meters from the Grand’Place and the opera house. It has a Metro station and a large war memorial, and it the site of an...

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  • 16. Porte de Gand

    Porte de Gand On the end the street of Gand, where one finds many restaurants. This is all what remains of the walls and dates back to 1617 (Spanish period) The façade offers to the visitor an...

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  • 17. Tourist Information Office

    The Lille Tourist Office is located in the former gothic chapel of a 15th century palace built by the Duke Philippe the Good of Burgundy (Palais Rihour). Most of this building was badly damaged by...

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  • 18. Bois De Boulogne

    Wander and enjoy this lovely park in the heart of the city. If you are lucky, like we were, there will be a funfair. Great fun to watch others! On a Sunday afternoon, the park's zoo is full of...

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  • 19. Rang de Beauregard

    Opposite the New Stock Exchange stands a row of houses built in 1687 in the typical beautiful French style. Notice the toller on the house on the left corner. Not to be seen on the pic, but you can...

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  • 20. Rue Faidherbe

    Along the streets Stroll alongside the streets, the nose in the air. Leave to travel your eyes on the façades indicating the rich one passed Lille to the research of some picturesque detail....

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  • 21. P'tit Quinquin

    Le p’tit quinquin A lullaby for children but also a symbol of the culture and identity of the people of the North and of their languages. This is a creation of the poet Desrousseaux ( from...

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  • 22. General de Gaulle Museum

    Northwest of the old city and slightly north of the Citadel is the birthpace of the late President de Gaulle (whom the large international airport in Roissy is named after - many people know it as...

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  • 23. Place Louis de Bettignies

    Until the 18th century, this place was a bustling little harbour. It was the river Deule that brought the boats up till here. Nowadays, there is nothing that reminds you of the harbour. There are some...

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  • 24. Hotel de Ville

    .... but well the city hall belfry. But with its 106m high, it didn't fit very well in the picture ;-) You can see it wherever you are. It was used in the past to give the alert in order to gather the...

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  • 25. Vauban’s Citadel

    After besieging, conquering and occupying the city of Lille in 1667, the French King Louis XIV immediately decided to fortify the city with the intention of...

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