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LyonFrance

France’s third largest city is famous for films, festivals, food and centuries-old architecture.

Art festivals and museums dedicated to filmmaking, a medieval old town and Roman ruins; Lyon’s attractions are varied and showcased in style. Situated in east-central France, Lyon is a scenic city; its beauty starts from the surrounding hills of La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière, and spills down to the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, which split the city into districts.The city has an excellent public transport system so getting around is easy. Trains, buses and the subway stop at major attractions. There’s also a public bicycle rental system: Vélo'v.

Explore the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district on foot. It’s one of Europe’s largest areas of Renaissance architecture. Stroll along cobblestone streets such as Rue St. Jean where you will find an example of Lyon’s famous traboules, covered passageways built through houses. At the end of Rue St.-Jean is the majestic Lyon Cathedral, built between 1180 and 1480.

Ride the cable railway to Fourvière hilltop. Check out the views of the city and Rhône Valley from the lookout at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Look for the ancient Roman amphitheater. It’s one of the venues for the Fourvière Nights Festival, a summer celebration of music, dance and theater.

Go to La Croix-Rousse to see the old silk-weaving district. At the foot of the hill is Place des Terreaux, a central square with the City Hall, St. Peter's Palace and the Bartholdi Fountain. Cross the river to Parc de la Tete d’Or, a beautiful green space with a small zoo.

Don’t miss out on a visit to the Lumière Institute. Motion picture pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière had factories on this site. A museum exhibits the brothers’ cinematography achievements. Watch classic movies and attend exhibitions during the annual Festival Lumière in October.

Be sure to experience Lyon’s famous culinary scene. Try Lyonnais dishes, such as veal kidneys, at one of the city’s famous bouchons. Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market named after an acclaimed French chef. Here you can sample cheese and wine, pâté and pastries from local sellers.

Where to stay in Lyon

La Presqu\'ile featuring cycling as well as a large group of people

La Presqu'ile

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

La Presqu'ile
5th Arrondissement

5th Arrondissement

5th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Lyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Lyon Airport
NH Lyon Airport
4 out of 5
NZ$164
per night
9 May - 10 May

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Eurexpo, Genas Karting and Genas Bowling. Groupama Stadium and Grand parc de ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,247 reviews)

"The staff was wonderful view the circumstances. Overall the property is very good, near airport very helpful, we couldn’t se the amenities and the restaurant or anything else because of the covid 19."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

NH Lyon Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
NZ$209
per night
1 May - 2 May

Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ...

4.3/5Excellent! (761 reviews)

"Excellent location if you come in on the train, great access to metro/trams for getting around town, good food near by, great views. Bonus points for having wash cloths for shower."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
3 out of 5
NZ$102
per night
20 Apr. - 21 Apr.

Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxygen Tower and Part Dieu Mall. Bellecour Square and Lyon Opera are also within 3 miles ...

4.2/5Very Good! (88 reviews)

"Late check-in OK (After mid night). Staff are very friendly. With Kitchen and Boiler. All you need can be found in the Room."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu

Popular activities in Lyon

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4/5(23 reviews)

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Hôtel de Ville de Lyon
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Hôtel de Ville de Lyon

4/5(17 reviews)

The symbol of Lyon and the seat of its government is a stunning 17th-century building with a history of swamps, fires and revolutions.

Lyon National Opera
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Lyon National Opera

4/5(7 reviews)

Watch a performance or tour the interior of this unusual opera house, which dramatically combines traditional and modern architectural styles.

Place des Terreaux
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Place des Terreaux

4/5(19 reviews)

Life unfolds in this beautiful and busy central square, home to a superb fountain sculpted by Statue of Liberty designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Lyon’s crowning glory, this monumental church stands atop Fourvière hill and provides fabulous panoramas of the city.

Tete d'Or Park
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Tete d'Or Park

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Complete your Lyon visit with several hours in this delightful spot, a combination of botanical gardens, grassy public spaces and a zoo.

Top activities in Lyon

Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant
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Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant

NZ$42
Per adult
Morning Food Market Tour in Les Halles Paul Bocuse
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Morning Food Market Tour in Les Halles Paul Bocuse

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$142
Per adult
Dine at Aux Trois Cochons Restaurant
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Dine at Aux Trois Cochons Restaurant

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$59
Per adult

Reviews of Lyon

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Sep. 2019

The people are friendly, the restaurant choices are marvellous, the Rhone wine selection was world class. It is a very walkable and interesting city. Lots to see, do and enjoy!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Sep. 2019

We’ve visited many cultural and tourist spots on a previous visit to Lyon. This visit was to catch up with family.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Sep. 2019

the markets on sunday are amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

ValM

15 Sep. 2019

LYON is a great city. Easy to walk around. The transport pass at $15 for 72 hours is excellent value as it entitles you to unlimited travel on all public transport, metro,RER, bus.

5/5 - Excellent

Gingy

1 Sep. 2019

Lyon is a beautiful and very liveable city with fantastic food. It makes a great base to explore so many lovely places nearby. Trains and an international airport make it so easy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Aug. 2019

Beautiful city should have stayed longer. Quiet quaint definitely a must to see.

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