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Bellecour Square

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Bellecour Square is an enormous square that serves as the central hub of Lyon. Join locals and other travelers at this common meeting spot on a peninsula between the city’s two rivers. Gaze up at the equestrian statue of Louis XIV standing proudly in the heart of the plaza.

Capture photos of the stately structures surrounding the expansive pedestrian site. The city’s tourist office and central post office are housed in these majestic buildings. Dine at one of the restaurants and cafés with tables spilling out into the square. Have coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy people-watching in this busy area.

In the western part of the plaza, see the statue of the Little Prince from the famous children’s tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It honors the legendary writer, who was born in Lyon, depicting him sitting in front of his literary creation.

Notice the central statue of King Louis XIV atop a horse, typical of squares throughout France. The original version was destroyed during the French Revolution and replaced in the 1800s.

Skate on the ice rink in winter, when the square has a particularly romantic atmosphere. A Ferris wheel is installed before Christmas and is a hit with the kids. Check for concerts and other live events in the large plaza, which also hosts rallies and demonstrations.

The square has changed names many times over the centuries to reflect the changing French attitudes towards the monarchy. It began as Beautiful Garden and Royal Square before becoming Louis the Great Square, in honor of the king. During the French Revolution it was known as Federation Square and Equality Square.

Bellecour Square is just north of the Ainay district in the center of Lyon between the two rivers of Le Rhône and La Saône. Nearby attractions include the Grand Synagogue of Lyon, the old town and several beautiful bridges. Take the metro to Bellecour station.


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Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu $276
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Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 8 minutes.

    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts $101
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    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

    73-75, Rue du President Edouard Herriot, Lyon, Rhone
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 5 minutes.

      Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot $45
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      Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

      7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, Lyon
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier, and Jean Moulin University. Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centre Berthelot Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Jean Mace Station is 6 minutes.

        Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel $166
        Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

        Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

        4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.

          Hôtel Elysée $81
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          Hôtel Elysée

          92 rue Président Edouard Herriot, Lyon
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are also within 15 minutes. Bellecour Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cordeliers Bourse Station is 7 minutes.

            Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud $101
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            Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud

            53 Rue Desaix, Lyon
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square, and Lyon National Opera. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Place des Terreaux are also within 2 mi (3 km). Part-Dieu - Servient Tram Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Lyon Part-Dieu Station is 9 minutes.

              Hôtel des Savoies Lyon Perrache $54
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              Hôtel des Savoies Lyon Perrache

              80 Rue De La Charite, Lyon, Rhone
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Textile Museum and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ampere-Victor Hugo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Quai Claude Bernard Tram Stop is 8 minutes.

                Hotel Silky by HappyCulture $107
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                2 Place Francisque Regaud, Lyon, Rhone
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Bellecour Square and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station is 7 minutes.