Travel guide - Lyon
Lyon is a city with a heart. A small city that combines a great quality of life and two thousand years of history, Lyon is fast becoming one of the major European cities of the future.
From its hilltop viewpoint, at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone, the capital of ancient Gaul tells of the history of this city under Roman rule. On your trip to Lyon, you can admire the magnificent ancient theatre close to the Fourvière hill, or the ruins of the temple of Cybele.
All roads may lead to Rome, but there are certainly some more sinuous routes than others. During your stay in Lyon, stroll around old Lyon, admiring the flamboyant facades of Rue Saint-Jean, and lose yourself in the famous traboules, alleyways that connect building and courtyards to one another.
The architecture of both the Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica and the Cathedral of Saint-Jean have contributed to Lyon’s inclusion as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
All this beautiful architectural heritage can be seen in a different light during the Festival of Lights which, together with the Biennale de Danse, are strong symbols of Lyon’s cultural dynamism. You just need to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon or the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Renzo Piano, to be convinced.
To get the best out of Lyon, follow the younger generation. Head to the Place des Terreaux, where Bartholdi’s majestic fountain stands among the bustling activity - day and night - of the outdoor café tables. On sunny days, the Parc de la Tete d'or, Lyon’s green space, fills up fast.
Visiting Lyon without tasting its specialties would be unforgivable. Quenelles (dumplings) and cured meats are on the menu at the traditional Lyon restaurants known as bouchons. However, the capital of the Rhone is not limited to these traditional dishes, and a host of talented chefs have chosen Lyon as their base, in order to perpetuate and push the boundaries of the strong local culinary tradition.
Far from showing its claws, Lyon will welcome you with open arms.