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Lille at a Glance

Lille sits on France's border with Belgium and is one of northern France's hidden gems. Once a grimy, industrial city, Lille has transformed itself to a cultural destination. Enjoy a beautiful old town, renowned museums and a student-driven nightlife. 

Lille's old town is home to several opulently decorated 17th century buildings. The Vielle Bourse is one of the most famous and is covered with carvings and cornucopias. The town hall, the opera and Place du General de Gaulle are other historic and architecturally significant areas.

Lille is also a good place to enjoy nightlife. With one of France's biggest student populations you'll find bars, clubs and music venues for every taste. Don't forget to shop at the Marche de Wazemmes where vendors sell everything from chickens to underwear. Once a month the market hosts a reggae event which can be fun. 

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Gare de Lille-Europe
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit Lille Metro
      • Railroad Gare de Lille-Flanders
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Lille has cold, rainy winters and pleasantly warm summers. 

      Safety Concerns Use commonsense precautions when traveling in Lille. Keep valuables out of sight, avoid deserted areas at night and keep in mind that train and bus stations tend to get seedy late at night. Be careful of pickpockets during Lille's enormous yearly flea market, Bradierie de Lille. 

      Health Concerns Lille has no particular health threats to travelers. Drinking water is clean and safe. Stay cool and well hydrated to avoid dehydration or heat related illnesses.