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Lyon

Known for Skyscrapers, Museums and Historical Buildings

France’s third largest city is famous for films, festivals, food and centuries-old architecture.

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Art festivals and museums dedicated to filmmaking, a medieval old town and Roman ruins; Lyon’s attractions are varied and showcased in style. Situated in east-central France, Lyon is a scenic city; its beauty starts from the surrounding hills of La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière, and spills down to the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, which split the city into districts.The city has an excellent public transport system so getting around is easy. Trains, buses and the subway stop at major attractions. There’s also a public bicycle rental system: Vélo'v.

Explore the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district on foot. It’s one of Europe’s largest areas of Renaissance architecture. Stroll along cobblestone streets such as Rue St. Jean where you will find an example of Lyon’s famous traboules, covered passageways built through houses. At the end of Rue St.-Jean is the majestic Lyon Cathedral, built between 1180 and 1480.

Ride the cable railway to Fourvière hilltop. Check out the views of the city and Rhône Valley from the lookout at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Look for the ancient Roman amphitheater. It’s one of the venues for the Fourvière Nights Festival, a summer celebration of music, dance and theater.

Go to La Croix-Rousse to see the old silk-weaving district. At the foot of the hill is Place des Terreaux, a central square with the City Hall, St. Peter's Palace and the Bartholdi Fountain. Cross the river to Parc de la Tete d’Or, a beautiful green space with a small zoo.

Don’t miss out on a visit to the Lumière Institute. Motion picture pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière had factories on this site. A museum exhibits the brothers’ cinematography achievements. Watch classic movies and attend exhibitions during the annual Festival Lumière in October.

Be sure to experience Lyon’s famous culinary scene. Try Lyonnais dishes, such as veal kidneys, at one of the city’s famous bouchons. Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market named after an acclaimed French chef. Here you can sample cheese and wine, pâté and pastries from local sellers.

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

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

Watch a performance or tour the interior of this unusual opera house, which dramatically combines traditional and modern architectural styles.

Life unfolds in this beautiful and busy central square, home to a superb fountain sculpted by Statue of Liberty designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.

Lyon’s crowning glory, this monumental church stands atop Fourvière hill and provides fabulous panoramas of the city.

Complete your Lyon visit with several hours in this delightful spot, a combination of botanical gardens, grassy public spaces and a zoo.

See the remarkable 600-year-old astronomical clock that chimes in this long-standing religious monument.

Join hordes of fans for a thrilling rugby match or an open-air concert at this Lyon stadium with a rich sporting history. 

Tickets & Tours

Maximize your time and budget in Lyon with the City Card, created to help you do it all. Gain access to 23 museums and unlimited public transportation ( Bus Metro Tram Funicular), guided tour, river cruise, shopping, and more.

Tickets & Tours

Explore the historic center of Lyon on a private tuk tuk tour for no more than 6. With a local guide behind the wheel, you and your group can uncover the top sights and lesser-known areas near the shores of the Saône River before riding into the neighborhood of Croix-Rousse and to the top of Fourvière Hill.

Tickets & Tours

Discover the historic center of Lyon on a private tuk tuk tour for no more than 6. With a local guide behind the wheel, you and your intimate group can explore the top sights and lesser-known areas, from famous squares like La Place Bellecour to the hidden shops and eateries along the shores of the Saône.

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Lyon City Card, the essential pass! Lyon City Card is your “all-inclusive” passport to culture and leisure activities in Lyon! Throughout your stay, it will enable you to discover the city by giving you access to its public transport network and all its tourist and culture sites.

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Discover fascinating Vieux Lyon (Lyon Old Town) and marvel at one of UNESCO’s largest World Heritage treasures. Along with your experienced local guide, stroll through the city’s paved alleyways and learn about the secretive history of the traboules (passageways) used in the silk industry.

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Embark on a foodie tour with an expert, local guide to find out why Lyon is famous worldwide as the gastronomic capital of France. Sample pastries, cheese, charcuterie and wine as you discover Lyon’s food markets and traditional restaurants.

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