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The northern French town of Valenciennes, close to the Belgian border, was an important mining and industrial center that has adapted to the 21st-century by becoming a lively and attractive cultural hub. With a fine art museum and several modern galleries and theaters, it is an interesting destination for culture vultures. Valenciennes is also blessed with some fascinating medieval and Renaissance buildings. Use the expertise of online accommodation specialist Hotels.com to find Valenciennes hotels - our site provides the best value rooms in the town regardless of your budget or preferences. Book Valenciennes accommodation in advance to ensure a relaxed stay in northern France.
What's Valenciennes Like?
To get an understanding of the character of Valenciennes, it's necessary to learn a little about its historic importance as a mining town. The mining area around the town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Valenciennes tourist office highlights themed trails around the most important sites. In the town itself, notable sights include the distinctive 13th-century half-timbered houses originally used as weaving workshops. The 18th-century Jesuit chapel is now a library and museum housing a remarkable collection of historic manuscripts gathered from abbeys in the north. The church of St-Gery was built in the 13th-century, and, although it was much altered in the 1800s, retains traces of its original Gothic design. The art museum features works by major Flemish artists, including Rubens, Jordaens, and Van Dyck, alongside a 19th-century sculpture by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux. The town has several innovative small galleries, typified by 88 Rive Gauche, which showcases international contemporary works. Valenciennes hotels offer a handy base for exploring the cultural and industrial heritage of this part of France.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Valenciennes
Although this is the French region closest to England, don't expect English to be widely spoken in Valenciennes. Have a few versatile French phrases prepared and follow the courteous French habit of offering a greeting before launching into a question or request. The northern cuisine features many traditional Flemish dishes in the regional menus, notably the rich carbonade stews and the familiar moules-frites mussel dish. Locals tend to prefer beer to wine, with a number of innovative craft beers available in the region. By using the search facilities on the Hotels.com site you can get a clear picture of what to expect from Valenciennes hotels. We provide detailed assessments from previous guests alongside informative photos, sample room descriptions and maps indicating the proximity of major attractions to help you pick your perfect Valenciennes accommodation.