3-day trip Lille

In December 2024, we offer a varied and colourful art trip to Lille, in cosy December atmosphere! Lille offers a charming old town and, above all, wonderful museums and extraordinary architecture. A city tour introduces us to the atmospheric historic city centre. We will see La Vieille Bourse and the Palais Rihour, Vieux Lille with its characteristic mostly seventeenth-century facades, and visit the impressive Notre Dame de la Treille. We will also get to know Euralille, the renovated station district for which Rem Koolhaas designed the urban plan.


We also visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille, housed in an impressive nineteenth-century building. That shows a nice and varied overview of art history including Flemish masters like Bouts and Breughel the Younger; El Greco, Rubens, Van Dyck, but also more modern artists like Goya, Courbet, Rodin and Claudel, Léger and Delaunay. During our visit, there will also be an exhibition to visit around Renaissance master Raphael's extraordinary collection of drawings!


A second special museum on the programme is La Piscine in Roubaix, or La Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent. Its varied collection of (applied) art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries combined with its special location make this museum well worth a visit. The museum is housed in a former public swimming pool in Art Déco style! The former bathing rooms, showers and changing cabins now serve as an exhibition platform for art objects in a surprising way.

Then two special destinations outside the city are on the agenda: The Ursuline Institute. A unique convent and school complex, Catholic girls' boarding school where daughters from well-to-do families from home and abroad were educated.They arrived there in an architectural environment appropriate to their social class: an impressive complex where styles as diverse as Neoclassicism, Neo-Gothicism, Neo-Romanesque and Art Nouveau were applied. You will be shown around the Ursula Hall, the chapel, refectories, piano gallery and the fairy winter garden with colourful stained-glass dome. We also drive south of the city to Louvre Lens, the smaller brother of the big Louvre in Paris. Designed by Japanese firm SANAA, this glass museum stands on the site of a former mine shaft. Where coal used to be hauled, there are now slender statues from Greece, mosaics from Mesopotamia and sarcophagi from Egypt; and works by masters such as Botticelli and Rembrandt. You will take an amazing journey through art history.


Teachers: Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
Travel dates: Tuesday 10 December to Thursday 12 December 2024
Times: Bus departs Leeuwarden around 7am and makes stops in Zwolle and Utrecht.
Travel fee
: €660 p.p. if you register before 1 June 2024.
€700 p.p. when you register afterwards.
Single room supplement €122,- p.p.


N.B. There will be a lot of walking during this trip, participants should take this into account. There is room on this trip for a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 34 participants. The trip is organised in cooperation with Labrys Reizen and will be led by two art historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp. The group will be split into two regularly. You will then spend part of the day with Hanneke and part with Yvonne.


The trip price includes:

  • Bus trip Leeuwarden - Zwolle - Utrecht - Lille v.v.
  • two hotel nights in Lille, including breakfast, in a centrally located hotel.
  • all entrances to sights, museums, galleries etc. in accordance with the programme
  • expert tour guide by art historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
  • use of whisper sets (audio system) during the stay
  • tourist tax Lille
  • A joint dinner



The trip price does not include:

  • other lunches, dinners, drinks and possible insurances
  • Labrys administration fee € 27.50 per booking
  • obligatory Calamity Fund contribution of € 2.50 per booking/invoice
  • compulsory contribution SGR Guarantee Fund of €5 per participant

Course details

10 to 12 December 2024
10/12/2024early departure
12/12/2024arrival in evening
Registration closes 31 August

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Lecturer of this course

Yvonne Hilgenkamp

Yvonne Hilgenkamp is an art historian as well as an architectural historian, and has many years of experience in presenting the rich history of Western architecture, urban planning and art. She clearly makes art history accessible to a diverse audience. Her interests are broad and range from the Romans to Rembrandt, from De Pijp to Paris and from Art Déco to Dubai's skyscrapers. About all these subjects she likes to talk and enthusiastically!