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Vieux Lyon, Lyon

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • During a recent vacation trip to France, my wife and I spent three days in Lyon, staying in a hotel in the Peninsula part of the city (Presque'ile). It's a short walk over the Saone River to Vieux Lyo...  read more »
  • You can wander the streets, trabulam, peering into courtyards and patios. In my opinion, this is the most interesting thing in the old town there are a number of museums., worth visiting, but mainly in French. I prefer to simply walk-came out rather cute and tasty.
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  • Old Lyon and Croix Rousse district are my favorite in Lyon. I love the rue st Jean and its cobblestones. I appreciate the Cathedral st John and its special energy. I also like the organic market on Thursday morning (to check). When I decide to eat at the restaurant, I appreciate the restaurant Hong Ha and Vietnamese cuisine designed with fresh vegetables. In the rue st Jean you plunge in the middle age with narrow streets, stone houses... On Sunday morning at the dock you have artists who expose. Yes, the old Lyon is a must. You also have the Court of lodges and many other places to discover...
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