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Why Visit Lille, France

Located only 15 km (9 miles) from the border with Belgium, hospitable Lille is a popular destination for France travel. Apart from being in demand among French alumni and students, as the city is home to about 10 prestigious universities, Lille also enjoys popularity as a historic hub which brings immense inspiration to those who set foot on the city's streets at least once.

Being the capital of the Hauts-de-France region, Lille has transformed into a glittering cultural hub, inviting you to unveil its secrets. In fact, Lille's architecture is so sophisticated that you'll need to examine its edifices on almost every street, to get a better understanding of what craftsmanship of this part of Europe was like.

The heart of the city (aka the best starting point of your Lille sightseeing tour) is the Place Charles de Gaulle with the statue of the Goddess which symbolizes the resistance of Lille's citizens to the Austrian troops in the war of 1792.

Next to the square, there's the ornate stock exchange Vieille Bourse, the former building of the Chamber of Commerce, representing one of the most beautiful landmarks of Lille Old Town. Then you may continue immersing in Lille history and culture by visiting the city's beautiful churches and cathedrals, including Vieux-Lille (the local Notre-Dame) and the church of Saint-Maurice.

Speaking about Lille museums, art admirers may head to the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille. Founded by the order of Napoleon Bonaparte, tit has become the second largest museum in France after the Louvre in terms of the quantity of the exhibits displayed.

To tell the truth, we are absolutely sure that the city with the Flemish accent, charming Lille, is just unable to disappoint! So if you still hesitate whether to add a Lille trip to your France vacation or not, be sure, you won't regret giving it a chance!

Best Things to Do in Lille, France

  • Explore the Place Charles de Gaulle
  • Stop by the stock exchange called Vieille Bourse
  • Visit the Vieux-Lille and the church of Saint-Maurice
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