Peaceful Running Routes in Lille

Jardin des Plantes, Lille | © Velvet/Wikimedia Commons
Jardin des Plantes, Lille | © Velvet/Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer23 October 2017

Looking to get away from the crowds to enjoy a peaceful run, jog, or walk while staying in Lille? Look no farther than these top picks for the most peaceful spots to enjoy a workout (and the surrounding scenery) in and around this northern French city.

Botanical Gardens

The Jardin des Plantes is both a botanical garden in a scientific sense and also a leisure space for the residents and denizens of Lille. Located in the southern part of the city, it was inaugurated in 1948. It has a tropical greenhouse, a rose garden, trees, and shrubs grouped according to their region of origin as well as wonderful walking paths winding through it all. Admission is free and generous opening hours from 8 am to 9 pm (April to September) and 8 am to 6:30 pm (October to March). The park does close during inclement weather, but most won’t be out during a run then anyways.

Jardin des Plantes, Lille | © Velvet/Wikimedia Commons

Parc de la Citadelle

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The moat of the Citadelle de Lille
The moat of the Citadelle de Lille | © Rémih/Wikimedia Commons
Lille’s largest park covers a huge area of 70 hectares (around 173 acres). Even though the park surrounding the famous star-shaped fortress of the Citadelle is a highly popular spot, there are peaceful running routes away from the main attractions like the zoo or the children’s playground. There’s even a workout area with fitness equipment.

Jardin Vauban

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Jardin Vauban, Lille
Jardin Vauban, Lille | © Junglemowgli/Wikimedia Commons
Created in 1863, the Vauban Garden is designated as a historical monument. Although it was designed by Parisian landscape architect Jean-Pierre Barillet-Deschamps, the park is inspired by English-style landscaping. Its winding paths go along the shrubbery that offers a serene and inviting atmosphere in the heart of the city.

Parc Henri Matisse

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Parc Henri Matisse, Lille
Parc Henri Matisse, Lille | ©Babsy/WikiCommons
The park, dedicated to famous French painter Henri Matisse, is the most contemporary of all the beautiful parks in Lille and has a more geometric style. It was designed by Gilles Clément on the principle of a garden in motion evolving with the seasons. The different levels of the grounds allow for panoramic views of the city.