Activities and Attractions
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Lille Fine Arts Museum
is considered to be the second largest general interest museum in France after the Louvre. Its permanent collections include works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Goya, a large collection of drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphaël), a sculpture gallery and displays of 17th and 18th century ceramics.
Charles de Gaulle Museum
is housed in the actual house in which the French statesman was born in 1890. The family keepsakes and personal objects on display including a cradle, christening robe and Saint Cyr sword, are a reminder of De Gaulle’s younger days. A recently developed multimedia centre also looks back over the great statesman’s historic work.
The Lillois’ favourite meeting place offers an interesting view of architecture from the 17th to the 20th century. In the centre stands the ‘Goddess’, which commemorates Lille’s resistance to the Austrian siege of 1792. The Old Stock Exchange, made up fo 24 little houses around an arched courtyard, is undoubtedly the town’s most impressive building.
is not only a fortification, it is also a self-contained town which is still occupied by the French army. Built on the orders of Louis XIV between 1667 and 1670, the star-shaped structure remains the largest and the best preserved citadel in France. Note: Guided tours must be pre-booked with the local Tourist Office – impromptu visits are not allowed.
(the Old Town), is one of the most beautiful aspects of this Flemish town. A mix of narrow streets and cobbled squares, trendy bars, cafés and restaurants make it a wonderfully atmospheric place to wander through.