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Vieux Lyon, Lyon

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Exquisite preservation of Vieux Lyon allows you to walk back in time to the 16th century. Narrow streets are flanked by solid rows of earth-toned buildings, flower-boxed windows, and balconies with wooden balastrades. Wander through meandering, roofed passages, called "traboules," on a hunt for the Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean. The Romanesque structure next to the cathedral is the Manecanterie, a museum showcasing the cathedral’s treasures. The Saint Jean quarter, where you'll find these historic buildings, was the epicenter of French political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it is the focal point of Lyon culture where the Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets displays its curiosities in a 15th-century architectural masterpiece. Add to that charming street performers and quaint cafes. Take a tour of the former commercial center of the city, settled by wealthy Italian bankers and silk merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, you’ll bask in the shadows of the luxurious hôtels particuliers, once the homes of influential tycoons. One of these, the Hôtel de Gadagne, is the residence of the Lyon History Museum and the International Puppet Museum. With our online itinerary creator, Lyon attractions like Vieux Lyon can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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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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  • Taken as a whole - Montee Gourguillon, Rue St Jean, Rue de Boeuf, the traboules, Cathedral St Jean... Vieux Lyon offers a picturesque and interesting half-day. Head there early to avoid the worst crow...  more »
  • Not to take away from old town which is nice, clean and has character but very touristy as usual although still charming. The stairs to climb to Fourviere were interesting. Expected a lot more from tr...  more »
  • Very nice the small streets nd specially the traboules - hard to find them, but with an historical and architecture very interesting.  more »
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