Lille is the largest city in French Flanders. The extensive renovation work for Lille 2004 in the old town of Lille, where many facades from the 17th and 18th centuries still dominate the streetscape, the reconstruction of the district of Saint-Sauveur and the emergence of the modern districts of Villeneuve d’Ascq and Euralille certainly contributed to making Lille a city of art and history. It is also a modern, dynamic metropolis that attracts visitors from all over the world. Following the development of Lille as European Capital of Culture in 2004, the entire region turned to culture, with the opening of the “Louvre Lens” in 2012.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Visit of Lille
- Visit of the Louvre Lens Museum
- Visit of the Museum of Art and Industry (La Piscine) in Roubaix
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Lille
Morning visit to the Palais des Beaux Arts. It is the second largest French museum after the Louvre: the Palais des Beaux Arts gives a comprehensive overview of European art from the 15th to the 20th century. Worth seeing is also the large hall in the basement, in which 15 impressive reliefs of the northern border towns of the time of Louis XIV can be seen.
Afternoon walk through the old town of Lille. During the large-scale renovations in the 70s, especially the old facades from the 17th and 18th centuries were renewed. Today these houses mainly house luxury shops and antique dealers. From the Palais Rihour, the walk through the old town takes you past well-known sights: the Grand’Place, the old stock exchange, the Rue de la Monnaie and the Hospice Comtesse. Dinner in a brasserie in the old town with regional specialties.
DAY 2 : Lille - Douai – Louvre-Lens
Departure to Bouvine, where on July 27, 1214 the famous battle between the French King Philip Augustus and an alliance of European princes led by the Count of Flanders took place. Short stop at the church of St Pierre with its 21 colourful stained-glass windows. Arrival in Douai, city of art with a glorious past. Walk through the old town, where the watchtower with the largest carillon in Europe (62 bells) stands. Visit of the Musée de la Chartreuse in the former Chartreuse Monastery. Afternoon visit to the Louvre Lens….
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