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Visit Lille in 1 day Where to go and what to do in less than 24 hours?

Lille is a city overflowing with things to see and do. It’s hard to know where to start… Fortunately, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make the most of Lille’s treasures in less than 24 hours. Grab your shoes and let’s go!

La Grand Place

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  • Just a few hundred meters from the Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe train stations, the Grand Place is a must-see! You'll be amazed by the diversity of architecture and colors. Look up and you'll see details invisible at first glance.
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©Grand Place

La Vieille Bourse

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  • This magnificent building, designed by architect Julien Destrée and built in 1653, stands between the sumptuous Place du Théâtre and the mythical Grand Place. When the doors are open, stroll inside and admire the decor. Go when the booksellers' stalls are open.
Lille's Old Stock ExchangeOld Stock Exchange
©Old Stock Exchange

Old Lille

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  • Directly accessible from the Grand Place, the Vieux-Lille district welcomes you with its authentic cobbled streets, full of charm. Step through the doors of these stores to see the size of their interiors, in stark contrast to their pretty little facades. Fancy a gourmet break? Take a seat in an authentic estaminet.
Rue De La MonnaieRue De La Monnaie
©Rue De La Monnaie

The Hospice Comtesse Museum

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  • Nestled in rue de la Monnaie, in the Vieux-Lille district, the Hospice Comtesse museum offers an overview of the city's history, as well as a reconstruction of 17th-century interiors. This former hospice was founded by Countess Jeanne de Flandre, an important figure in the city's development.
Cour de l'hospice ComtesseHospice Comtesse
©Cour de l'hospice Comtesse

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Rihour Palace

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  • It's one of the few buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. When you arrive at the Place Rihour, imagine an immense residential palace spreading out over the entire space around you. Originally built to house the Dukes of Burgundy, the Palais Rihour became Lille's town hall several centuries later. Sadly, the building fell victim to devastating fires. Today, the Palais Rihour is home to the Lille Tourist Office.
Entrance to the Palais RihourPalais Rihour
©Palais Rihour

Palace of Fine Arts

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  • One of France's richest museums. Lille's Palais des Beaux-Arts is impressive not only for its size, but also for the richness of its collections. Step through the doors to discover the museum's famous and carefully preserved works.
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©Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

Town hall and belfry

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  • This is where you'll get the highest view of the whole city and its surroundings. The town hall is not open to visitors, but you can climb the 415 steps to the belfry, or take the authentic elevator up the first 100 steps. On a clear day at the top of the belfry, you can even see the Flanders mountains and the slag heaps!
Lille town hall belfryLille town hall belfry
©Lille town hall belfry

The citadel park

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  • It's the city's largest green space! On a clear day, you'll find plenty of walkers and sports enthusiasts. Walk along the Deûle and get as close as you can to the ramparts of the "Queen of citadels". A stroll around the foundations of this colossus is sure to invigorate you.
Citadel ramparts in AutumnCitadel ramparts in Autumn
©Citadel ramparts in Autumn