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Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville)

The symbol of Lyon and the seat of its government is a stunning 17th-century building with a history of swamps, fires and revolutions.

Be sure to visit the City Hall of Lyon (Hôtel de Ville de Lyon) on your journey through this historic city. The magnificent structure has a rich legacy of stories and an elegant façade that causes visitors to stop and stare. Come to see the stunning exterior, then explore the surrounding square to see further examples of gorgeous Lyonnais art and architecture.

Walk up to the hall from Place des Terreaux, the spacious plaza in central Lyon. The area was once just a swampy pit, eventually filled in during the 16th century. Admire the features of the hall, which was built between 1646 and 1651, then rebuilt after a fire in 1674. Since then, the square was used as the site of executions during the revolutionary era.

Bring your camera for photos of the stunning façade, which is covered in intriguing artistic features. The four sets of arched windows on the bottom floor are topped with medallions depicting the Bourbon dynasty, while the symbolic lion of the city can be found carved above window pediments. Crane your neck upward to look at the center of the building. A belfry and clocktower stand above the statue of King Henry IV riding a horse. 

For most of the year, the Hôtel de Ville is open only for legal and governmental matters. Come to the city during the European Heritage Days in September, however, and you will be able to glimpse the ornate interiors of this stunning building. A gilded reception room with numerous crystal chandeliers is just one of the hall’s numerous highlights. 

Take some time to explore the Place des Terreaux. The Bartholdi Fountain, designed by the artist behind the Statue of Liberty, is a magnificent sculpture depicting the four tributaries of the Garonne River as wild horses. Come to the square in December for the awe-inspiring Festival of Lights.

The City Hall of Lyon has its own subway stop, making it easily accessible on public transportation. Walk here from Old Lyon, on the other side of the River Saône, in about 20 minutes.


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Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu $276
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

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 $92
    Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts

    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.

      MAISON NÔ $136
      MAISON NÔ

      MAISON NÔ

      11 Rue du Bât d'Argent, Lyon
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel $165
        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.

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

          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.

            Hotel Silky by HappyCulture $107
            Hotel Silky by HappyCulture

            Hotel Silky by HappyCulture

            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.

              Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu $51
              Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu

              Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu

              79 boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon, Rhone
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Part Dieu Mall and Jean Moulin University. Bellecour Square and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are also within 3 mi (5 km). Lyon Part-Dieu Station is 8 minutes by foot and Garibaldi Station is 11 minutes.

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

                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.