Travel Planning
Northern France
Travel Planning
Northern France

Northern France at a Glance

Flat, often industrialized northern France is not often on tourists' itineraries, however there are several good reasons to get to know this history-rich region better. 

Northern France has often been a battleground and you can see remnants of past wars as you tour the area. Start out with Agincourt and Crecy, two famous battle sites during the Anglo-Norman rivalry of the Middle Ages. In Dunkirque and its seaside suburb of Malo-les-bains you'll walk the beaches where Allied soldiers were cornered by German forces and eventually evacuated to Britain on private fishing boats, river ferries and pleasure crafts. Northeast of Amiens the vast battlefield of the Somme still bears the scars of WWI trenches and bomb craters.

Northern France is also home to medieval market towns, the largest Gothic cathedral in France and the appealing city of Amiens. Discover chateaux nestled in the hills, fortified villages and the delights of tourism off the beaten track. 

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  • Amiens Amiens
  • Dunkerque Dunkerque
Getting There
Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Northern France has cold, rainy winters and pleasantly warm summers. 

Safety Concerns Use commonsense precautions when traveling in Northern France. Keep valuables out of sight, avoid deserted areas at night and keep in mind that train and bus stations tend to get seedy late at night. 

Health Concerns Northern France has no particular health threats to travelers. Drinking water is clean and safe. Stay cool and well hydrated to avoid dehydration or heat related illnesses. 

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