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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. Before you head to Lyon, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lyon trip itinerary planning site , to make sure you see all that Lyon has to offer, including Vieux Lyon.
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  • Metro, which stops in the old Lyon an advantage to stroll. Very nice to stroll through the narrow streets of the old Lyon between false bouchon, real Lyon plugs, craft shops, home-made ice cream at René Nardonne, close to all amenities... Allow a half day with a lunch or a dinner in a true bouchon LYONNAIS (the fish, the Lyon...). You can taste local specialties for a very decent price, taste and a generous plate all in a unique atmosphere of its kind
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  • An excellent area of Lyon.There are also many beautiful restaurants, bars and shops.we would love to come back to Lyon.  more »
  • Loved walking the little streets in this old town, especially at night. Friendly people and great atmosphere, never the less some of the best restaurants you will ever eat at are here in Lyon.. You ma...  more »
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  • Great for the history of Lyon
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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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