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Lens, not commonly known as a tourist town, is nevertheless worth a visit for its few historical points of interest. The city, located in the northern part of France close to the larger city of Lille, was once a major mining municipal, an industry which in its wake has left conical spoil tips as a reminder of its heyday, a curious feature of Lens.
For those wishing to get an insight into the mining past of the city, the Centre Historique Minierde Lewarde provides information on this once booming industry. One interesting use for the spoil tips in the modern day is as an experimental orchid, where visitors can avail of guided tours and even taste the fruits grown here.
The war cemetery, known as Notre-Dame de Lorette, is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of people killed at this site, where a twelve-month long battle took place during WWII. Exhibits here include reconstructions of dugouts, machine guns and shells used in the battle.
For transportation around Lens, a bus line runs through the city. Walking is a great option for getting to know the ins and outs of this historically industrial place, while taxis are available for longer hops. Car hire is an appealing option for exploration of the scenic countryside surrounding the metropolis. We can arrange cheap Lens car hire for you online in a matter of minutes.