Lyon wins World Travel Award as best European city destination
Lyon, third largest French city, was crowned "best European city break destination 2016" during the World Travel Awards at the beginning of september.
The city has put a lot of effort and work into the creation of a new image and is now visited by more than 5,5 million tourists per year, 30% of which come from abroad.
Lyon's city center has been listed as UNESCO world heritage since 1998. Many districts and sights have since been refurbished or redesigned: from the antique district Fourvière with its Roman theater to the colourful "Traboules", secret passages between the houses of the historic old town, dating from the Renaissance era. Also more modern places have been revamped, like the quais of the rivers Rhône and Saône which are now decorated by modern artworks - or the Confluence district with its museum, a futuristic glass building by the Austrian architect bureau Coop & Himmelblau.
Lyon, city of lights
Lyon boasts many cultural hotspots such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art or the opera, as well as a diverse range of cultural events (more than 21.000 per year), of which the most well-known is probably the "Fête des Lumières" taking place each year in december and covering the whole city in colourful lights. Due to its many historic influences, Lyon is also considered the "capital of gastronomy" - more than 4.000 restaurants await you, 15 of them are even decorated with Michelin stars.
Gateway to the Alps
Lyon International Airport is one of the closest, largest airports in the vicinity of the Alps, where a large number of French ski resorts await you. Whether you're skiing with your family, your friends or as a couple, plenty of fun and action await you in renowned resorts such as Trois Vallées, Chamonix - Mont-Blanc, Courchevel, Tignes and many more...