A two thousand year old city, situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon rests below the impressive Fourvière and Croix Rousse hills. In Lyon, visitors can take a unique journey through time and across cultures, by strolling down its narrow streets, crossing its “traboules“ (narrow secret passages), walking along its bustling docks, passing through its impressive squares, and seeing over 200 sites illuminated at night.
Not to be missed in Lyon
• The 2 hills, Fourvière with the beautiful Basilica and Croix Rousse offering an astonishing view over Lyon and Croix Rousse, the so called Village of Lyon with its numerous restaurants, bars and silk-weavers’ workshops
• Roman Theatres and Renaissance Old Town
• Cultural life: Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, Dance festival, national opera, Maison de la danse, theatres, national orchestra
• Museums: Musée des Beaux Art, Cinéma-Lumière, Textiles, Gallo-Roman Civilization, Musée des Confluences, Museum of Modern art (same area as the congress centre)
• Illumination Scheme: over 200 sites are illuminated each evening
• Shopping, fashion, antiques, squares, gardens, markets on the river banks and Croix Rousse
• Flea and art markets on the Saône river banks on Sunday Morning
• Lyon’s gastronomy, from its small traditional cafes, to its fine dining restaurants and traditional Bouchon restaurants
• Lyon along the Rhône and the Saône: boat trips, quays, riverbanks and bridges
• The vineyards: Beaujolais, Côtes Rôties, Côtes du Rhône
Many of the top attractions in Lyon are illuminated at night, earning Lyon the nickname of Capital of Lights. Home to some of the finest chefs in the world, the city is also known as the capital of gastronomy, offering travelers yet another tasty reason to visit lovely Lyon.
There are several options for taking a tourist trip around Lyon. The first is on foot, which is great on a nice day: in addition, visiting Lyon on foot is the only way to see the narrow streets of Old Lyon, which is the most attractive and interesting part of the city. Take the funiculaire up to Fourvière, from the Old Town, just close to the Cathedral. For a longer visit, taking in a greater part of the city, try the tourist buses run by the Lyon Open tour; or take a boat trip on the Sâone and /or Rhône rivers. Departures from the Quai des Célestins, on the Saône, near Place Bellecour
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The Lyon City Card is the essental pass to have on hand while discovering Lyon!
Trips around Lyon
For nature lovers, the French Alps is the ultimate destination in France. Only 1h30m from Lyon!
This area boasts some of the most magnificent natural scenery in Europe, with awe-inspiring mountains, crystal clear lakers, rushin waterfalls and pristine forests. You can already plan a one day excursion to Chamonix at the foot of the Mont Blanc to admire the highest Alpine Summits!
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