Located in northern France, in the region of Nord-Pas de Calais, Lille is a beautiful and unique city with a great deal of Dutch influence in its culture and even language. The city is accessible by plane, arriving at Lesquin International Airport
, though more commonly European visitors arrive by train to Lille Europe Railway Station
Lille is a great city for wandering around, among its beautiful architecture especially in La Vieille Bourse, which is near the impressive Place du General de Gaulle
. Further along the city center, the gorgeous Opera House and the Chambre de Commerce
are must see, especially when these buildings light up at night. Strolling through the cobble stone streets and boutique shops and restaurants of the old quarter is a must-see and do, especially given this city’s calm atmosphere. There are many hotels in Lille’s old quarter, some hotels that have earned their place as historic properties and are an attraction in their own right.
Lille is a student-friendly town, which greatly influences the city’s personality and atmosphere. The student population gives the city a young and innovative culture, perfectly situated against the impressive ancient architecture.
There’s much more to see and do in Lille, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to explore where the attractions and hotels can be found in this exciting city.