Lyon

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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.

Where to stay in Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
The price is CA $161 per night from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6
CA $161
per night
Mar. 5 - Mar. 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Our stay was very good and all the service was great. The only point I want to make it is the access from the parking to the hotel. If you arrive by car there's no easy way to go to main entrance. It was a bit of struggle for us with 4 large bags."

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
4 out of 5
23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon, 69005
The price is CA $170 per night from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6
CA $170
per night
Mar. 5 - Mar. 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Best hotel location ever"

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2023

Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
5 out of 5
11 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Rhône, 69002
The price is CA $272 per night from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6
CA $272
per night
Mar. 5 - Mar. 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (313 reviews)
"Bathroom is not noise-isolated from the room, sink is inside. We had to change room twice, second was due to adjoining doors with neighbour rooms which was impossible given not only loud children but full absence of noise isolation between those rooms. Thanks Danny for excellent recommendations for ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2023

Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
3 out of 5
79 boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (432 reviews)
Great value
"Very well situated Very helpful staff. Breakfast was great (12 euros) Good value overall."

Reviewed on Jan. 7, 2023

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Résidence Ôtelia - Gestetud
Résidence Ôtelia - Gestetud
200 Avenue Berthelot, Lyon, Rhone, 69007
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (551 reviews)
"A rustic, charming 200 year old farmhouse. I had a lovely stay- the host was delightful and very kind. The room was large, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious with homemade breads, jams and locally made cheese. Enjoyed my stay very much."

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2022

Résidence Ôtelia - Gestetud
Residhome Lyon Gerland
Residhome Lyon Gerland
3 out of 5
2 Rue Marie Madelaine Fourcade, Lyon, Rhone, 69007
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (72 reviews)
"Very nice and excellent price"

Reviewed on Jun. 7, 2022

Residhome Lyon Gerland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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