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Welcome to Lille

The capital of the Hauts-de-France region, Lille’s mix of Gallic and Flemish sensibilities is visible in the Grand Place's striking architecture; the cobblestoned beauty of its Old Town (known as Vieille Lille); and culinary preferences, which skew towards carbonnade, mussels, and beer. Home to one of France’s largest student populations, Lille’s open and youthful energy is complemented by its wealth of culture: the Palais des Beaux Arts houses France’s second-largest art collection after the Louvre, while admiring modern and contemporary art at LaM is one of the top things to do in Lille.

Top 10 attractions in Lille

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Lille Town Hall and Belfry (Beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville de Lille)

Lille Town Hall and Belfry (Beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville de Lille)

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As the highest municipal building of France at 104 meters high, the Lille belfry, attached to the town hall (Beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville de Lille), is certainly a must when in the north of France. Both the belfry and town hall are reminiscent of Flemish architecture with their typical triangular gables and red bricks – understandably, so, considering the border to Belgium is just a few kilometers away. The belfry was built in 1932 as part of the reconstruction of the town hall, which was, unfortunately, torn to pieces during the First World War. And although it is not in use anymore, the belfry contains a headlight that was once used to inform the population of imminent municipal gatherings. Because of how it dominates the city, the belfry offers unobstructed and unparalleled 360-degree views of Lille, and even surrounding areas on clear days. The city hall and its belfry have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.More
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Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)

Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)

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Vieux-Lille—the city’s Old Town—is its most historic quarter, with notable Flemish-style architecture and major landmarks. The area, located just north of the city center, dates back centuries. Come for the history, architecture, and its gourmet food and drink offerings.More
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Lille Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille)

Lille Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille)

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Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral in Lille is a Roman Catholic church that took almost 150 years to complete. The building is known for its modern stained glass panels and impressive organ.More
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Hospice Comtesse Museum (Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse)

Hospice Comtesse Museum (Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse)

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The Hospice Comtesse Museum is the city museum of Lille, housed in an old hospital founded by Jeanne, Countess of Flanders in the 13th century. You’ll find paintings, tapestries, wood sculptures, porcelain objects, and more on display.More
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Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle (Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle)

Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle (Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle)

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Charles de Gaulle is one of the most celebrated Frenchmen of the past few centuries—and Lille’s Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle (Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle) offers a glimpse into the early years of the French general and statesman. Visit his birthplace-turned-museum to see family keepsakes, documents, and other mementos.More
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Grand Place

Grand Place

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Lille’s main public square, the Grand Place—which also goes by the Place du Général de Gaulle—is a top gathering point in this northerly city. Grand Palace is ringed by many of the city’s historic buildings and attractions, including the Vieille Bourse, and located in Lille’s atmospheric Old Town (Vieux-Lille).More
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Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille)

Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille)

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With a collection spanning the centuries, the Palais des Beaux-Arts has something for everyone. Inside, you’ll find works from some of Europe’s most celebrated artists, including Raphael, Bosch, Goya, Monet, and many others.More
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Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LAM)

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LAM)

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Home to one of France’s most significant modern and contemporary art collections, Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art was established in 1983. Wander the museum’s expansive gallery spaces and collection and view highlights that include works by Picasso, Modigliani, Miró, and other modernist luminaries.More
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Lille Natural History Museum (Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille)

Lille Natural History Museum (Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille)

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Opened in 1822, Lille's Natural History Museum (Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille) is one of Lille’s oldest and is the only of its kind in Nord / Pas-de-Calais. The fact that the museum still stands to this day is nothing short of a miracle, seeing as it overcame two World Wars and yet continued adding items to its ever-expanding collections – that now comprises of over 200,000 specimens. It now focuses on two main themes, mineralogical and zoological. The former has tens of thousands of minerals and paleontological items, some of which date back 400 million years. The latter, on the other hand, contains 1,500 mammals, 1,000 reptiles and 100,000 insects to name a few, including several now-extinct species from around the world like the Iguanodon dinosaur, the Tasmanian Tiger and the Passenger Pigeon. Throughout its exhibitions the museum present the history of earth and life with various interactive displays and informative posters, encouraging visitors to care for the rapidly disappearing species and preserve the planet’s precious legacy.More
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Maison Folie Hospice d'Havré

Maison Folie Hospice d'Havré

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The Maison Folie Hospice d'Havré, a historic monastery, is not only remarkable because of its history, but also because of its current vocation. Founded in the 12th century by the daughter of a local count, the monastery remained in use until the late 1990s – its chapel, the cloisters and the refectory façade were recently added to the list of historic monuments of France. Throughout its history the monastery was used as a hospital and school for young girls. But what used to be a place of worship is now a place for cultural exchanges under the theme of art. The hospice welcomes an eclectic mix of activities pertaining to the arts, like dancing, painting, cinema, theatre and music shows on a regular basis. The hospice is also noteworthy for its beautiful garden, which is filled with medicinal herbs.More

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