Attractions and points of interest

Tower of Lyon

Throughout Lyon’s diverse neighborhoods is much to be explored. From their historic streets to their modern business centers, Lyon is a unique and magnificent blend of old and new. A panoramic view of the city reveals its stunning location within the Rhône Alpes region of France.

As to be sure not to miss anything along your travels, the best way to take in the city of Lyon is by foot. The city has recently become more pedestrian and bicycle friendly making it very easy to get around. Regardless of when you travel, there won’t be too many crowds of tourists as they tend to concentrate in only a few small areas of the city.

With a map and a pair of comfortable shoes, you’ll be ready to start exploring, but where? The majority of Lyon’s attractions will not cost any money as it is mainly their museums which charge a fee. Available at the Tourist office are passes that include unlimited rides on public transport and free or reduced fees for entry into many museums and exhibitions. Additionally these passes include a guided tour which is redeemable once per day and one per person. These passes can range in price from €21 for one day, €31 for 2 days and €41 for 3 days.

Here are a few of the city’s major highlights.

  • Fourviere basilica
  • Musee Gadagne
  • Saint Jean cathedral
  • Parc de la Tete d'Or
  • Croix-Rousse
  • Parc de Gerland
  • Etats-Unis neighborhood
  • Musee Urbain Tony Garnier
  • Sainte Irenee church
  • Montee du Gourguillon
  • Saint Bruno church
  • Gratte-ciel neighbourhood in Villeurbanne

Old neighborhood of Lyon

Vieux Lyon

Near the bank of the Saône is one of the largest renaissance areas in Europe. Along its narrow streets that parallel the river are historic buildings that were built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Refurbished in the 1980s, this area now features shops, cafes and colorful cobblestone streets. Here you’ll find amazing examples of French architecture.
Guided tours are offered in multiple languages through several historic areas including the following.

  • Saint Paul cathedral
  • Saint Jean archaeologique garden
  • Rue Trois Maries
  • Rue du Boeuf
  • Palais de Justice
  • Montee de la Grande Cote
  • Les traboules
  • Renaissance courtyards
  • Rue Saint Jean
  • Place du Change
  • Rue Juiverie
  • Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules

Shopping in Lyon

Being the second largest city in France, Lyon is a very popular destination for shopping. Here is a list of major shopping districts you won’t want to miss.

  • Les Halles de Lyon
  • Puces du Canal
  • Rue Edouard Herriot
  • Rue de la Republique
  • Rue du President Herriot
  • Rue Victor Hugo

Tree Flower

Autres points d'intérêt

  • Rhone river bank
  • Roseraie garden
  • Flower Tree
  • Gallo Roman theatre
  • University Jean Moulin
  • Jacobins fountain
  • Bartholdi fountain
  • Cite Internationale Conference Center

Where to go

Great places to eat, drink and visit.

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