Lyon Points of Interest and Places to Visit


Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

A gleaming retro-Byzantine confection of Roman columns and religious iconography, the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is visible, by design, from ...  Read more

Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Draped around the ancient Roman edifices atop Fourviére Hill, this enchanting Rennaissance-era neighborhood of beautifully preserved buildings is without ...  Read more

Place Bellecour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 77 Reviews

At the heart of Lyon is Place Bellecour, an enormous, unbroken brick expanse (the third largest square in France) sprawled between the Saône and the ...  Read more


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Centered around the 254-meter hill of the same name, the Croix-Rousse district was the heart of Lyon’s 18th-century silk industry, with the influx of workers ...  Read more

Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (Musée d'art Contemporain de Lyon)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Based in the Cité Internationale district by the river Rhône, Lyon’s Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon) showcases ...  Read more

Lyon Opera (Opéra National de Lyon)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

More than just an events venue, the Opera Nouvel is an architectural achievement. The original arcades of the original 1756 edifice remain, but it is the ...  Read more

Lyon Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Lyon's elegant Museum of Fine Art (Musee des Beaux Arts) is housed in a 17th-century palace that was designed for the Royal Abbess of the Dames de Saint Pierre ...  Read more

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Theatre Romains de Fourvière)

The oldest Roman theater in France, Lyon’s Ancient Theatre of Fourvière was built under the orders of Augustus and expanded in Hadrian’s time. Completed ...  Read more

Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)

Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins (Théâtre de Lyon) is as famous for its design as it is for its theater program, which showcases ...  Read more

Lumière Institute (Institut Lumière)

When Lyon brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière created the world’s first “cinématographe” in 1895, it sparked the beginning of film. At the ...  Read more

Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)

Though overshadowed by the ornate Basilica Notre Dame, the Romanesque-Gothic beauty of the Cathedrale St Jean is the more ancient and important of Lyon's ...  Read more

Lyon Les Halles Paul Bocuse

The covered markets of the Les Halles de Lyon have been open since 1970. The full name of the markets includes the name Paul Bocuse, a legendary figure on ...  Read more

Lyon Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice Historique de Lyon)

Located on the grand Quai Romain Rolland, Lyon’s Palais de Justice hails back to 1842 and is as famous for its architecture as it is for the trials that go ...  Read more

Resistance and Deportation History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation)

After Northern France fell to the Nazis, Lyon became the seat of the French Resistance. Information, arms, and supplies flowed across the mountains and into ...  Read more

Tête d'Or Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or)

The 289-acre Parc de la Tete d'Or was designed by landscape architect Denis Bühler and opened in 1856. It is also home to one of France's leading ...  Read more

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