Neighbouring Lille and Belgium, Valenciennes is one of the most significant urban conglomerations in the north. With its rich cultural past, once known as the ‘Athens of the North’, Valenciennes was a very prosperous industrial and mining city in the 19th century. Looking for a hotel in Valenciennes? B&B Hotel de Valenciennes-Marly is open all year round. You will receive a warm welcome before heading off to explore the remnants of Valenciennes’ proud cultural and mining past.
In the last few years, the city has transformed considerably and once again plays the role of a regional metropolis. This urban transformation now offers those who live here a much better way of life. The region of Valenciennes is well worth the detour. Here you can visit the Mining Basin, which was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or the Scarpe Escaut Regional Natural Park. Don’t wait to book your hotel in Valenciennes!
A warm welcome, free WiFi so you can stay connected and surf the internet during your stay, a flat-screen TV, a delicious breakfast... Don’t miss out on the comfort of our B&B Hotel Valenciennes. Not only is it next to the A2 motorway, which will get you to the Belgian border in just 15 minutes, it is also only 5 minutes by car to Valenciennes’ city centre and the Stade du Hainaut stadium. Therefore, this hotel is perfect for those wishing to visit both Valenciennes and the surrounding region.
Former capital of Hainaut county, the city first emerged during the Middle Ages as the border of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire. Prestigious guilds and religious groups formed here. Once it passed to the French, Valenciennes was fortified by Vauban in the 17th century. Without forgetting embroidery and porcelain, it was the coal mining industry that significantly developed in the 13th century through to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the city has lost its fortifications and many buildings that were destroyed during the Second World War. However, that hasn’t stopped its revival most notably thanks to its high-speed railway and university.
Head to Château de Beloeil for a stroll around the park among the trees, ponds, follies and flowerbeds in these French style gardens. To discover this city’s coal mining past you should visit the Mining History Centre in Lewalde, just 30km from Valenciennes.
The most impressive monument in Valenciennes has to be the Town Hall. You won’t be able to resist its facade with allegorical statues, designed in the 19th century. Once considered as the ‘Athens of the North’, the city has preserved its important cultural heritage in the Museum of Fine Arts, with its stunning collection of Flemish art. It was also the birthplace of famous artists. The artist Watteau is immortalised in a sculpture created by another local hero, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, in the park of the same name. The Basilica Notre-Dame du Saint-Cordon and the Dodenne Watchtower, the last remnants of the medieval fortifications, are also worth a look.
Among the popular Valenciennes celebrations, you won’t want to miss the Folies de BinBin carnival at the end of August, where you’ll meet the giant symbol of the city, BinBin. Or the Flea Market, which is held on the second Monday in September. Other must-sees are the International Festival of Action and Adventure Films in March, and the Festival Embaroquement Immédiat, which puts Baroque music in the spotlight every year in May. However, top of the list is Sonart(s), a modern music and urban art festival held on the first weekend in July.
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