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Vieux Lyon, Lyon

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#2 of 205 in Historic Sites in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
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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  • August 18, 2017
    Is the most characteristic and most beautiful of Lyon, as well as more accurate and more clean, no small feat given the very high level of dirt of the city. Prevent the traboules, passageways "secrets" inside buildings, of which there are maps on the internet. By day there are many nice stores though a bit, in the evening the area is enlivened by the many restaurants there as well.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A great atmosphere. Full of corners and terraces. Very nice to walk around and browse the shops. Full of small restaurants with delicious meals. Totally recommended late in the afternoon to continue with a dinner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    All that is expected of old lyon. Very nice and very interesting. He is showing the traboules (alone or with a guide).
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  • June 4, 2017
    I're open game this visit
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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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