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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.

Top Hotels in Lyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Lyon Airport
NH Lyon Airport
4 out of 5
CA $162
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (1,199 reviews)

"Brilliant hotel, room was fabulous, food was lovely and couldn’t be more convenient for an early morning flight!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2020

NH Lyon Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
CA $135
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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! (718 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 Feb. 12, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
4 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $183
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square and Lyon Opera. Lyon City Hall and Place des ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (788 reviews)

"Perfect location for visiting Lyon, right between the two rivers and easy walking access to restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

Popular things to do in Lyon

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4/5(40 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.

Lyon City Hall
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Lyon City Hall

4/5(28 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 Opera
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Lyon Opera

4/5(14 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(25 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(61 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(19 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

Lyon City Card
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Lyon City Card

CA $39

Lyon City Card, the essential pass! Lyon City Card is your “all-inclusive” passport to culture and leisure activities in Lyon! Throughout your stay, it will enable you to discover the city by giving you access to its public transport network and all its tourist and culture sites.

Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour
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Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour

CA $17

Discover fascinating Vieux Lyon (Lyon Old Town) and marvel at one of UNESCO’s largest World Heritage treasures. Along with your experienced local guide, stroll through the city’s paved alleyways and learn about the secretive history of the traboules (passageways) used in the silk industry.

Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport
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Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport

CA $62

Maximize your time and budget in Lyon with the City Card, created to help you do it all. Gain access to 23 museums and unlimited public transportation ( Bus Metro Tram Funicular), guided tour, river cruise, shopping, and more.

Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

CA $43

With our customized tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see.

Croix-Rousse Guided Walking Tour
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Croix-Rousse Guided Walking Tour

CA $19

The Croix-Rousse is the famous district of Lyon where silk workers, known as Canuts, worked and lived. On this fascinating walking tour, explore the unique traboules (passageways) used by the Canuts and other merchants to transport their silk products while being sheltered from inclement weather.

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

CA $34

Indulge in a traditional Lyon-style meal in the convivial atmosphere of Chabert et Fils. This authentic bistro serves up hearty dishes inspired by local and seasonal produce. Stews and chitterlings are prepared with gusto and flair in a city that is internationally feted as a culinary paradise.

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