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Lyon's 10 top sightseeing spots

A visit to Lyon puts you in a hub of culture, tourism, great food and nightlife. This ever-changing city has, in the last few decades, become a destination favored by Europeans looking for the full, stylish French lifestyle experience.

Vieux Lyon

Vieux Lyon

The city is split into quarters; this is the old town and the most picturesque. Wander around, taking in the old buildings and atmosphere. There are lots of things to do and see.

Notre Dame de Fourviere

Notre Dame de Fourviere

This intricate basilica is as impressive inside as out. The gilded arches and atriums, tableaus and amazing acoustics make it a moving excursion. It's particularly pretty at night.

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Located in the 6th arrondissement, this large park is a great place to escape the tourists and while away an afternoon. Attractions include the small zoo and botanical gardens.

Lyon Cathedral

Lyon Cathedral

This welcoming cathedral is situated on a bustling square in the Vieux Lyon district. Entrance is free - drop by the treasury to see impressive artifacts owned by the church.

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

Seven rooms of exhibits make this an immersive attraction. Be sure to leave a whole day if you want tour it all, although the audio guide of highlights takes 90 minutes.

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

For a step right back in time, visit this original Roman theater, built into the hill. Marvel at the natural acoustics, perhaps at the annual Nuits de Fourvière festival.

Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour

The largest pedestrian square in Europe, this is where the tourist information center and many large hotels are based. Good for shopping and eating out.

Gallo-Roman Museum, Lyon
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Gallo-Roman Museum, Lyon

Learn about the Roman influence on Lyon and the rest of France at this hillside attraction, located near an archeological dig. Highlights include the vibrant Circus Mosaic.

Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

Further evidence of the Roman impact on Lyon lies at this amphitheater. Visit the museum to understand the relevance of the ancient site, which once seated 26,000 citizens.

Croix Rousseau

Croix Rousseau

This elevated district offers amazing views across the red rooftops of Lyon to the hills beyond the city. Expect a steep walk with plenty of steps, but this vista is worth it.

Planning Your Lyon Visit

How to get there

Lyon is well serviced by train from across Europe, and also benefits from many budget airlines operating out of Saint Exupéry.

What to eat

It's easy to see why Lyon is known as the food capital of France. The city earned the moniker in 1935 but it's arguably still relevant, with world-class restaurants, cafes and food markets throughout the city. It's a jewel in France's gastronomical crown, where lunch - cheap, simple, well-executed and indulgent - is possibly the daily highlight. Eat anywhere, as much as possible, then walk it off in the winding streets.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    June and September tend to be the best months to visit Lyon, because the temperatures are comfortably warm, the days are longer, and there are fewer tourists also visiting.

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What people are saying about Lyon

3 of us friends selected the guided walking tour of 2 hours and our guide was Jorge. Being a Sunday, it took us some time for us to reach the Old City. But Jorge was sweet enough to extend the 2hrs to 4hrs so that we still could have a fair amount of time to enjoy the tour. Jorge is informative and respectful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. There was a lot of cultural knowledge exchange happening. And he patiently answered all our questions. It's obvious that he has a passion for history and he genuinely loves his work. Will definitely recommend him as a guide.

Lyon: Customized Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Reviewed by Bindu, 07/11/2019

The guide has very good knowledge in the history of Lyon, France and Europe. She was able to explain very single place, events and monuments with a great in depth information. Being in the same city and heard several versions of various events, but she cleared all the doubts and was able to inform us which really a stories and which is true.

2,5 Hour Lyon Electric Bike Tour with Tasting Break Reviewed by Balasubramani, 07/09/2020

I enjoyed this tour because of the experience with my guide. These are informal tours that would be like walking around with a friend vs walking with a historically knowledgeable tour guide. He gave me a good overview of the city so I could steer myself around later As well as tips of places to eat

Lyon: Customized Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Reviewed by Karen, 02/12/2019

Me and mu sister realle enjoyed the tour, we learned kitchen culture of Lyon, went to five shop/restaurant, met local shop keepers, got trustworthy recommendations, visited traubueles. Food was delicious. It was a introductory tour into the Lyonnaise cuisine. We are glad to participate.

Lyon: Food Tour through Old Lyon Reviewed by Emine, 18/02/2020

Tour is worth it, both a stroll around the old cityand architecture, as well as very nice food tasting . Escpecially the cheese shop !!! It is a great way to get to know people, taste local food and get oriented Well recommended

Lyon: Food Tour through Old Lyon Reviewed by Erez Scapa, 14/12/2019