Lens The Essential
Some 30km to the southwest of Lille, Lens is in touch with its mining past. The horizon of brick buildings and slag heaps, a designated World Heritage site, is a remarkable testament to the history of the capital of the Gohelle. The town is committed to making an asset of its heritage: the former offices of its mining company have been taken over by the university, the miners' housing estates redeveloped, and the slag heaps are being turned into leisure facilities... not to mention the Louvre-Lens, on the site of a former pit head.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Lens
Musée Louvre-Lens
Musée Louvre-Lens
This minimalist glass and aluminium
120 minutes
Former offices of the Lens Mining Company
Former offices of the Lens Mining Company
In the middle of a formal park the
15 minutes
Lens Railway Station
Lens Railway Station
This at least is what is evoked by the
15 minutes