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Lille (Rijsel in Flemish) is a city in north France on the Deûle River along the Belgian border, and is part of French Flanders. Recently the city has turned its fortunes around from a failing industrial center into a thriving cultural and commercial hub. The Old Town in the city center still retains much of its Flemish heritage, and there is history and cultural around every corner. The city also has plenty of modern metropolitan attractions, and the proximity to the Belgian border makes it the ideal place to begin your journey through Belgium or Nord-Pas de Calais. Finding your ideal hotel in Lille can be a stressful experience, particularly if you have a budget. With, you can find a hotel perfect for your expectations with the help of user submitted reviews, thousands of hotel photo galleries, and a Google maps applet for location finding.

What's Lille Like?

Lille is a historic and cultural center in the north of France, with plenty to appeal to modern tourism, too. Vieux-Lille is a popular shopping street in the heart of the city, and features cobblestone roads and traditional Flemish architecture. For more markets and shopping streets, Wazemmes Market and Euralille Mall offer everything from local souvenirs to high street brand names. The Old Stock Exchange is a look back to the 17th century, and nowadays is the host to an outdoor antiques market selling all sorts of odds and ends. Some other traditional landmarks in the city center include the 17th century Grand Place, the prestigious Palais des Beaux Arts museum, and The Citadel, a 17th century star fortress. History and science buffs will no doubt enjoy the Museum of Natural History and the Science Musuem.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Lille

The local Lillois people take pride in their reputation for being friendly, and are always happy to help lost tourists. Unless you have a decent level of French speaking skills, ideally you should be a pocket phrase book as it will make things much simpler, especially when asking for directions or getting on transport. Lille has a temperate climate, with the Summer months of June to August experiencing temperatures of approximately 20°C, with recorded highs of 36°C. Lille is the ideal city to explore by foot, making a comfortable pair of walking shoes your best companion. The long walks and high temperatures means that you should carry bottled water with you to keep cool. You can find the local tourist information center in Palais Rihour on 42 Place Rihour.

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