Lille Travel Guide

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Keith Goodwin

Too many people think that Lille sounds like a boring, industrial, coal mining town. They're in for a suprise! Lille has got a vey nice historic centre, with old houses and mansions that look like those of Brussels or Amsterdam,

Although the North of France still suffers high unemployemnt rates, this region is getting back to its feet. Lille is becoming an important regional hub again, with fast trains connecting it to Brussels, Paris and London. Lille has been designated a "European City of Culture" for 2004.


This Lille travel guide will take you through all the must-see attractions that make Lille a wonderful travel destination. Lille is a bustling city that also serves as the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region. It’s known for its art, culture and architecture. The city is near Belgium, on the Rue de Duele.


Lille has a strong history behind it. The city of Lille is built on the river Deule. The first document of the city dates from the year 1066. The city was founded by Baldwin V. The city was made capital of the Flanders. Years after, Lille also became part of Holland. In 1667, the city was destroyed, but became a strong and powerful industrial city during the 19th Century. But, with the World World, Lille’s graph of progress declined. Now, Lille is among the top 5 cities of France.

Places to Visit

Visitors can explore Open Air Museum to get a true sense of what life was like years ago in Lille. Here, you will get to sift through history by exploring old cottages, barns and more, all while learning Lille’s history. Take the time to attend a workshop showing old skills used long ago. You can learn more about the history of Liile by paying a visit to Palais des Beaux Arts. It is one of the finest art museums around; the Palais des Beaux-Arts features work from some of the greatest artists in the world including Donatello, Raphael and Goya. Although mainly filled with paintings, you can also find French drawings and ceramics in the museum. It is truly an amazing place inside and out, and it should be added to your must-see list before leaving Lille. Another museum you should not miss is Musée des Moulins, which is a unique museum displaying windmills. Visitors can watch two working windmills grind corn.

To be part of history, do visit Hospice Comtesse, built in 1237 and served as a hospital until 1939. Today it serves as an art museum. Regional pieces such as tapestries, sculptures and paintings can be seen within the original hospital ward. The architecture is truly amazing, and it provides a wonderful glimpse into Lille many years ago.,


No matter where you go on your visit to Lille, take time to enjoy the natural beauty of the city and all of the beautiful historic places. There are many wonderful places to visit, and those in this guide provide only a small taste of what Lille has to offer.

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