Things to see and do - Douai
Douai Travel guide
Douai : Michelin's recommendations
Douai, located on either side of the River Scarpe, despite the bombing suffered in 1940, has retained its 18C layout and houses which give it the aristocratic aspect mentioned by Balzac in La Recherche de l'Absolu. Although Douai has a sizeable concentration of metal industry plants, it has retained the appearance of a judicial centre, a legacy of the Parliament of Flanders which had its seat here from 1713 to the Revolution, as well as an intellectual centre.
Tourist attractions Douai : Things to see and do
70 pl. d'Armes F - 59500 Douai
An imposing square Gothic tower (1387-1410) 64m high, whose sombre and fierce silhouette is adorned with a collection of small towers, skylights, weather vanes and pinnacles. The chimes (62 bells) sets a rhythm for daily life by playing, on the hours..
130 r. des Chartreux F - 59500 Douai
This museum contains two sections: Fine Arts, the collections in which mainly concern ancient painting (Anchin polyptych, by Bellegambe), but where the amazing relief plan of Douai, from the 18th century, is also displayed; and that of Archaeology an..
quai de la Scarpe F - 59500 Douai
A pleasant walk on the banks of the Scarpe, which has been abandoned by the barges (called «bélandres» in these parts); a few old dwellings add charm to the stroll.
Place Saint Amé F - 59500 DOUAI
The Hotel ibis Douai Centre is a listed 18th-century building close to the square and belfry in the heart of the old town. This town-center hotel is close to the TGV train station, the Chartreuse museum and the Gayant Expo exhibition center, and is p..
Boulevard Vauban F - 59500 Douai
The Hotel-Restaurant Volubilis is located in Douai, near the train station and opposite the Gayant Exposition Centre. It offers rooms with flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The restaurant at Volubilis serves traditional, seasonal cuisine. A fi..
36, terrasse Saint-Pierre F - 59500 Douai
Hotel & restaurant : It's far from easy to choose between a restaurant renowned for its fine food and an equally famous hotel. At La Terrasse, located right in the heart of Douai, Emile Hanique, both the owner and chef, has solved the problem by unit..