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Lyon

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Culinary Capital of France
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice. Between Paris and Marseille in the Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is the third largest city in France. Not only was this city a mainstay of the French Revolution, it's also a mainstay on tourist itineraries, offering colorful neighborhoods with architectural marvels. Some of the most notable attractions are the narrow passageways unique to Lyon named traboules, built during the 4th century, that pass through buildings and link streets on either side.

This vibrant metropolis has a significant influence on the software industry with a particular focus on videogames, and in recent years, it has fostered a growing local tech startup sector.

The Saône and the Rhône rivers provide many opportunities for boating, water sports, river cruises, and outdoor sightseeing. Be sure to dine in Lyon--the Culinary Capital of France and perhaps the world--at a "bouchon," a friendly restaurant serving local dishes and local wine, such as Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Lyon trip itinerary using our France attractions app.
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Popular things to do in Lyon

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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
World heritage site
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Park
Parc de la Tete d'Or
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Vieux Lyon ©
World heritage site
Vieux Lyon
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Landmark
Traboules du Vieux Lyon
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min

Side trips from Lyon

Lake Annecy ©
Water Body
Lake Annecy Annecy
4.8
Duration: 3h 30 min
Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu ©
Specialty Museum
Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu Beaune
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee de Grenoble ©
Art Museum
Musee de Grenoble Grenoble
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
La Vieille Ville ©
Landmark
La Vieille Ville Annecy
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lyon

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min
Le Mur Des Canuts ©
Landmark
Le Mur Des Canuts
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Lyon

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Fourviere Hill ©
Historic Walking Area
Fourviere Hill
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
World heritage site
Théâtre gallo-romain
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chapelle de la Trinite ©
Religious Site
Chapelle de la Trinite
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Place des Celestins ©
Historic Walking Area
Place des Celestins
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Lyon

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Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Miniature et Cinema
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee des Confluences ©
Specialty Museum
Musee des Confluences
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
History Museum
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Specialty Museum
Fresque des Lyonnais
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Lyon

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Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse ©
Shopping Mall
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cremerie Lyonnaise (fromagerie) ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cremerie Lyonnaise (fromagerie)
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Epsilon Vega ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Epsilon Vega
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Les Bonbons de Julien ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Les Bonbons de Julien
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
LyonExplorer Free Walking Tour & Private Guide ©
Walking tour
LyonExplorer Free Walking Tour & Private Guide
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Soierie Vivante - Atelier Municipal de Passementerie ©
Lesson / Workshop
Soierie Vivante - Atelier Municipal de Passementerie
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Architectural Building
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Where to stay in Lyon

Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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