Things to see in Lyon

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Lyon.
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  • The Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon is an amazing place. The meadows, lakes and countless animals provide for a wealth of activities. Any season of the year, it's nice good to walk on the paths, but if what we want is a more varied pla...
  • This is one of the main squares of the city. The building of the city-hall is big and the fountain that presides in its place is impressive. It is a place to visit if you find yourself in the city. Near you can also find the oper...
  • For many people this is the most beautiful square in the city. It is located in central Lyon, in the most central first district. It is a closed square, rectangular in shape, with the town hall on one side, a fine arts palace which ...
  • The Cathedral of Saint John Baptist de Lyon is a Roman style cathedral, which is next to the Rhone River, in the district of Old Lyon. If you take the subway there, you have to get off at the Vieux Lyon stop, or you can go on foot, ...
  • The National Opera of Lyon promotes the arts, dance and music of Lyon and its region. The building's main hall can accommodate 1,100 people. Then there is a small amphitheater of 200. It is a modern building that was built in 1983, ...
  • On 8 December every year, the city of Lyon serves as the headquarters of the Festival of Lights. The windows of the houses and apartments and the streets are adorned with a multitude of colors. Many artists transform the facades of ...
  • The Traboules (roots from the Latin "trans ambulare, walk through) are corridors or passages that allow you through buildings and down the hills of Croix-Rousse and Fourvière faster. These passageways were used by the" canuts " or s...
  • Quite a small zoo, but at least it is free, and it is in the most beautiful park in Lyon which is la Tete d'Or. This historic space which was bought originally by the city council from the city's hospitals lets families discover the...
  • The Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets is located in the old town of Saint Jean. It houses over 100 scenes of daily life represented in miniature. Lyon is the city where the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere first invented cinema, ...
  • Fourviere is a special place for its connection with the origin of the city of Lyon. In this city the second Catholic church of Europe can be found and with your imagination you can see what kind of experiences the people of the tim...
  • A mandatory stopping place if you do not know the city! The rue de la République is a great street style "Hausmannien". This term refers to the count of Hausmann, who, during the nineteenth century, sent to renew a part of Paris wit...
  • The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon is a municipal museum located in the Bellecour Square, a landmark. The building was formerly a Benedictine nunnery. Between 1988 and 1998 it was renovated but remained open to the public. Its collecti...
  • The Place de la Republic divides Republic street, one of the largest and widest streets of the city, in two parts. At its center is a large fountain. When you come from the Place Bellecour, the road out of the republic, and after a ...
  • The Saône is a river which flows through in the city of Lyon, that backs on the Rhone. At the height of Lyon, the river is very close to the Rhone, which makes the neighborhood of the Presqu'ile seem like an island. On the banks of ...
  • Fourvière is a hilltop district in Lyon that overlooks old Lyon and the Saone River, with magnificent city views. It's where the Romans created the ancient city of Lugdunum, in the year 43 BC. To climb up to Fourvière, you can go be...
  • The area of ​​Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon), which was declared a World Heritage Site, is full of medieval and Renaissance buildings, and you can not miss the "traboules" which are a type of passage through the interior of the houses, which...
  • It has been an episcopal residence since the Middle Ages. The church of Lyon is the first built in Western Europe after Rome for the first believes in Christianity. Lyon was an important center of Christianity in France. In the Midd...
  • The church of Saint NIZIER is one of the great churches of Lyon, located in the neighborhood Presqu'ile, in the street of Brest. The Presqu'ile is shaped like a tongue of land between two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone, which later...
  • The medieval district of Lyon Saint Jean holds various historical monuments including this house. The neighborhood is on the list of world heritage of humanity compiled by UNESCO. Designed in Gothic style, the facade was restored in...
  • Since the beginning of the twelfth century a religious hospital existed at the output port of the river Rhone, on the bridge of the Guillotiere. Francois Rabelais, a famous French novelist doctor worked there, circa 1532, while writ...
  • This historical monument in the old center of Lyon was the former home of Change, built by Gourdet 1631-1634 and amended in the second half of the eighteenth century by Soufflot (the 5 arches of the current form are the work of Souf...
  • The theater is quite well preserved, it could hold 10,000 people and is right next to the Gallo-Roman museum with excellent views of Lyon. Its current principal activity is sightseeing, although cultural activities such as "Nuits de...
  • At the foot of the Fourvière hill, this beautiful pedestrian square is the square where you can find the Cathedral of Saint Jean. With a bronze fountain that once carried water for the whole neighborhood to its center, the Plaza has...
  • It is one of the most beautiful squares in Lyon and takes its name from the religious Jacobins (or brothers) of the Dominican Order who were installed south of the square. Jacobins were told that the king of France sent them on a pi...
  • Part-Dieu Lyon Central Station has the high speed trains for Paris and Marseille, the 2 largest cities in France, along with Lyon. Inside there are a lot of services, from a typical newsagent to a hotel, several restaurants, bank, A...
  • This beautiful little shop is a must stop on the Rue Saint Jean in the old Gothic Quarter of Lyon, especially if you want to bring home some souvenirs. There are mostly food products available; sausages, hams and Andouillettes sausa...
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