This fantastic museum is situated on the border of the Park de la Tête d’Or, adjacent to the newly built Congress Center by Renzo Piano. It regularly beats Paris by gaining sole rights to any Andy Warhol exhibition. Next to the Museum, Renzo Piano’s 3,000 seat amphitheater is worth a visit by itself. One of the most audacious architectural juxtapositions: business, arts and leisure activities, all succeed in mingling together in the same living area.
French fashion was born and flourished from Lyon’s textile industry. The Musée des Tissus provides a unique collection presenting more than 2,000 years of the history of textile around the world, and more specifically, in the Lyon area, highlighting the influence it had on French fashion.
The equivalent of San Marco’s horses in Venice, the Place des Terreaux, with its famous Bartholdi fountain and four horses (France’s four rivers), is magnificently decorated with fibre optics and “luminous” water columns, and represents a focal point for life in the city.
The Institute Lumière is located in Monplasir, the historic district of Lyon. This is where the Lumière brothers invented the Cinématographe and also where they made history by making the first film in 1895. The four-level Lumière Museum allows you to discover the extraordinary inventions of the Lumière brothers, and within the Hangar Prime-Film there are daily movie screenings.
The Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière was built between 1872 and 1884 and has a great position on a hilltop with great views over the city. Today it is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. The church is decorated with many beautiful details in mosaics, murals and stained glass.
The Musée des Beaux Arts is one of France’s most elegant art museums with everything from ancient statues to contemporary art. It has acquired a painting by Poussin, "The Flee to Egypt", increasing the collection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings to be one of the most prestigious in France.
Lyon housed the core of the Resistance movement, which fought against the occupying German troops during WWII. Many French Jews were deported from here. Everything is explained at the Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportationand, and there are also pictures from the trial of the Butcher of Lyon, Klaus Barbie.
There are over 5 km of walkways along the Rhône for leisure and enjoyment. Here you will find lawns, outdoor cafés, deckchairs, pools, barges, concerts and restaurants. For the more athletically inclined, a cycling track, a roller park and a fitness circuit is provided.
The Old Town of Lyon is a world heritage treasure. It is one of the biggest areas of Renaissance architecture in Europe and it has succeeded in maintaining an air of mystery that is completely unique. You can frequently walk right through passageways – locally called the traboules – between buildings and yards.
Stroll around at the largest park in France that can be found in the heart of Lyon. This is a great place for the whole family, where you can enjoy the zoological park, which includes 1,000 animals, including birds, reptiles, chimpanzees, Atlas lions, European brown bears, giraffes, Indian elephants and much more. In addition there is also a botanical garden with 15,000 plants as well as a rose garden.
Aquarium Grand Lyon is a great attraction for families with children. The aquarium has 40 tanks with 5,000 fishes and other sea creatures and is divided into 5 sectors: temperate freshwater, tropical freshwater, sea water, shark pit and 5 senses (where you can stroke some fish and other animals).
Opéra de Lyon is a must-see attraction in Lyon. Here you can take a guided tour, which is highly recommended. This is the modernized version built in 1993 of the original 1831 opera house, and is a place where the ultramodern and classical style is presented throughout the whole building, both inside and out.
Brasserie “Le Nord” is Monsieur Bocuse’s turn of the century bistro with all of Northern France’s classics dishes on the menu, including onion soup, calf brains, chicken fricassee and other interesting specialities. It also has an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your food.
Brasserie “L’Ouest” is the youngest and most modern restaurant of the Bocuse brasseries, having opened its doors in 2003. The menu provides meat, fish and pasta dishes inspired from French, Italian, Spanish and Asian cooking. With Philippe Starck design on the chairs, candelabras and plasma screens it gives a modern feeling.
If you like seafood and oysters, then this is the restaurant to visit. However, it is a popular restaurant so it might be packed. While you are waiting for a table you can have a glass of wine by the bar area. The charming service, great menu and nice decor are some of the reasons why people are drawn to restaurant Merle.
Are you craving meat? Then head over to this American steakhouse. Indulge in New York steak, baby back ribs or a juicy hamburger, and for dessert you can choose some American staples, such as Apple Pie or Key Lime Pie. The friendly service makes the atmosphere pleasant and warm.
La Scala Siciliana can be described as a warm Italian restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere. On the menu you will find dishes made from old family recipes, such as "escalope valdostana" (veal escalope Milanese) or "polpette the Sicilian" (meatball). Other authentic Italian dishes you can enjoy are pizza and pasta.
This Persian restaurant is located near the St. Nizier church. It offers traditional dishes like beef stew with herbs and saffron rice with lots of flavour. Make sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant gets busy in the evening, a surefire sign of the quality of the food.
Heavy curtains, exquisite plasterwork and mirrors everywhere for Lyon's silk merchants who wanted to be able to keep an eye on each other, the Grand Café des Négociants looks much like it did many years ago. It is a monument in Lyon, much like the Café de Flore is for Parisians.
A guinguette is a 19th-century French name for a dance on the pier. The waiters have to run across the road with their orders. Here you can enjoy a drink on a sunbed and admire the lovely view across Barbe Island and listen to swaying music. You can also order grilled frog’s legs if you want a nibble with your drink.
For the brave, visit Le Pharaon. This is a casino which is located not far from Interpol and the Modern Museum. It is decorated in a lovely Egyptian style. Here you can play traditional games like blackjack, English Roulette, poker and much more. There is also a restaurant inside if you are feeling hungry or thirsty.
Lyon's food hall is located in a concrete quarter erected in the 1970s. Colette and her daughter probably offer the best cured meats and provisions in France. She dispatches them to customers throughout the world. This means that she is used to vacuum packing sausages, quenelles and other delicacies.
Galeries Lafayette the premiere department store in France, with locations found all over the country. Here you can find just about anything you might be looking for, from clothes, shoes and accessories to home decor and design, as well as miscellaneous items of all sorts.
Book lovers will not want to pass up a visit to La Bourse, one of the city's best places to find new and old books, comic books from all over the world, magazines and other such items. They even have old video games, LPs and films. This is where you can buy or trade for that old Piaf vinyl record, Serge Gainsbourg CD or Enki Bilal comic album you have been looking for.
Blaise Vavro is one of Lyon’s most interesting wine retailers. It belongs to a younger generation that really tries to discover wines smaller and more unknown vineyards at reasonable prices. Wine lovers will doubtlessly make unique finds and discover flavours they've never tasted before.
In Cuisine is a quaint bookstore that specializes in all things related to food and dining, with books specialising in gastronomy and wine. They also host wine tastings and cooking courses, and offer lunch options for casual visitors who want to offer their palate something new and unique.
Every Sunday morning local artists, artisans and craftsmen set up their stalls among the pleasant trees and buildings of Quai Romain Rolland and showcase their works. Visitors can find paintings, sculptures, photographs and crafts of all sorts to take home as unique souvenirs.
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of other EU/Schengen countries, as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.
Saint-Exupéry Airport is located 25 km from the city. You can take the express tram, which is the fastest link between the center of Lyon and the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport. The journey takes less than 30 minutes. A taxi to and from the airport also takes approximately 30 minutes. Taking the TGV from Perrache or Part-Dieu, you can travel to or from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in just two hours.
Spring and early summer are favourite times to visit Lyon. The months of April, May and June bring the most pleasant weather, as well as the blooming of the foliage in the city's parks and rose gardens. Moreover, a visit during these months means beating the summer crowds.