MUST SEE IN LILLE!
15 Best Things to Do in Lille (France)
The capital of the northern Hauts-de-France region, Lille has a reputation as a hard-working industrial city, and has a fabulous historical centre. Until it was invaded by Louis XIV in 1667 Lille was actually Flemish, and this heritage is clear in the city’s architecture.
Old Lille has an abundance of baroque buildings, with delicately gabled roofs, and plush late-19th-century homes on engaging streets. If you’re on the hunt for culture you’ll be pleased with what you find: The Palace of Fine Arts is second only to the Louvre and there’s a clutch of smaller attractions that deserve your attention.
lille palace of fine arts
The hermitage gantois
The Hermitage Gantois was founded in 1462 by Jean de la Cambe (known as Gantois). Up until 1995 the elderly and the sick were treated in this hospice but in 2003, this 15th-century building became a five-star hotel and a classified historical monument. Ideally located in the heart of Lille, between “La Grand’Place” and the “Hôtel de Ville”, at the foot of the Belfry, the Hermitage Gantois is a Must. Combining charm, history and modernity, the Hermitage Gantois is the perfect place to enjoy your dinner.
Our Congress Dinner will take place in the Hermitage Gantois.
The Citadel of Lille is among the most impressive and effective military fortifications ever built. Adjacent to the historical centre, within walking distance, a visit to the Citadelle is a perfect way to learn about Lille’s history and understand why it became such a critical crossroads for trade and a strategic hot spot in wartime, from the Sun King all the way to the present day.
The Lillois' favourite meeting place offers an interesting view of the architecture from the 17th to the 20th century. Standing in the centre of the squares stands the Goddess commemorates Lille's resistance to the Austrian siege in 1792.