Courtrai has a bustling town centre in the Lys region with cultural, historical and commercial assets. Courtrai is not only the prized medieval town of the Golden Spurs but also a city where innovation, creation and design are placed at the forefront.
The cultural and historical heart of the city bears witness to a rich past, which can still be experienced at the Kortrijk 1302 museum, the Broel museum and the flax museum. The city has undergone a true transformation. The Lys has adopted a contemporary look with seven new bridges. The new shopping centre ‘K in Kortrijk’ and the shopping street offer hours of shopping!
Begijnhofpark Houtmarkt - 8500 Kortrijk 00 32 56 27 78 40
Cycle around Courtrai
The Lys region and its major spring races are a must-see for cycling and cycle-touring enthusiasts.
The area offers many activities for cycling enthusiasts thanks to a 900 km marked networked, 15 tourist routes, several cycle rental centres, cycling events (bike festival, etc.) and organised excursions lasting one or several days. Before leaving, get the map of the network: there are two for the Lys region at the price of €6. They are available at the region’s tourist offices, at Westtoer or at www.toerisme-leiestreek.be.
From its rich past as a commercial and industrial city, Lille has held onto an exceptional heritage. Proud of its history, it is also resolutely forward-thinking.
While Euralille packs in daring architectural innovations, the district of Lille Sud has become “Fashion Houses” since stylists have set up shop there. With lille3000, the whole city is transformed during events centred on contemporary creation and innovation. From museum to theatre, from street-market to festival, culture and celebration are everyday realities.
Palais Rihour, BP 205 - 59002 Lille 00 33 3 59 57 94 00
Swimming pool, art museum and industry
In the magnificent setting of one of the most beautiful Art Deco pools of the 1930s, there are collections of applied arts and fine arts from the 19th century, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, ceramics, etc.
Their presentation smoothly evolves from the mention of aquatic pleasures to those of the senses, then to those of art.
23 rue de l’Espérance - 59100 Roubaix 00 33 3 20 69 23 60
Palais des Beaux-Arts museum
Through the richness of its collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille is considered one of the most important museums in France.
It presents works ranging from Antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. Paintings and sculptures feature alongside ceramics and relief maps of fortified towns. Among its countless masterpieces are Donatello, Rubens, Goya, Delacroix, Rodin, Monet and Picasso. A free multimedia guide (available in French, English and Dutch) is an original and personalised way to discover the museum.
Place de la République – 59000 Lille 00 33 3 20 06 78 00
LAM, modern art museum, contemporary art and outsider art
Located 20 minutes from the centre of Lille, in the heart of a magnificent park, LaM is an unmissable museum where the great names of modern art and contemporary art are exposed, as well as an exceptional collection of outsider art unique to France.
1 allée du Musée - 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq 00 33 3 20 19 68 68
In Flanders Fields Museum
Museum on the history of the First World War in the Front region in West Flanders: the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobile war, the four years of trench war in Westhoek (Nieuport beach up to Lys in Armentières) which followed, the end of the war and the permanent commemoration of a protracted war for nearly a century.
The museum presents the landscape as the last great witness of war. You can to climb to the top of the belfry to observe the city and the surrounding battlefields.
Grote Markt 34 - 8900 Ieper 00 32 57 23 92 20