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Fourviere Hill, Lyon

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#4 of 201 in Historic Sites in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Fourviere Hill is the site of a Roman settlement from 43 BC. You’ll see the ruins of a theater, baths, and even an Odeon that was once part of a thriving community on the south side of the hill. The Odeon is the site of a museum and often hosts concerts and performances. However, the hill is most known primarily as the origin of the Festival of Lights, which takes place in Lyon every year, as well as the Basilica of Fourviere and the two oldest functioning funicular lines. Most spectacular of all is La Tour Metallique, an extravagant metal tower, which exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower, and nowadays is used as a television tower. Wander around the hill’s highest point for views of the city, mainly an enchanting view of Vieux Lyon (Old Town) directly below. To visit Fourviere Hill on your holiday in Lyon, and find out what else Lyon has to offer, use our Lyon trip builder.
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  • The view from here gives you a good understanding of how the city is laid out, and it's very strategic location. It is not, however, what I would call a great view. I visited twice - and once in the m...  more »
  • You have to see the view from this hill - it is magnificent. Well worth walking up hill - the architecture is old and preserved - take the funicular if you cant face a steep walk.  more »
  • The location of this hotel at the top of the hill overlooks the old town, which can easily be accessed via a funicular. However, as we found out, be prepared to take a taxi back after 10pm when they s...  more »

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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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