Capital of the Gauls during the Roman Empire, Lyon’s past reads like a history documentary – which is apt, given that it was here that cinema was invented! The city’s gastronomy is also world famous. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon stands on two hills, close to Italy and at the gateway to the Alps, making it a real cultural crossroads.

  Lyon: rendez-vous in the city


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  • Picnic on Fourvière hill and admire the panoramic view of the city
  • Stroll through the Parc de La Tête d’Or at dusk
  • Allow yourself to be tempted by the city’s delicious cuisine in its famous bouchons
  • Arrange to meet friends by the equestrian statue of Louis XIV in Place Bellecour
  • Explore the traboules (typical passageways) of the old town and the canuts (silk-making workshops) in the Croix Rousse district
  • Sample reasonably priced dishes by the famous chef Paul Bocuse in one of his fast-food outlets
  • Enjoy a night-out in the bars and clubs of the attractive Les Brotteaux district
  • Admire the futurist architecture of the Musée des Confluences.
  • Go shopping in the La Part Dieu shopping centre
  • Take a stroll along the banks of the Saône or Rhône rivers
  • (Re)discover the world of cinema at the Institut Lumière