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Main Sights & Attractions

 

Whether you come just for the weekend or for an extended stay, the City of Lyon will charm you! Kanpai Tours has listed for you some of the “top” Lyon’ sightseeing attractions:

• Notre Dame de Fourviere Basilica: climb up to Fourviere hill summit via its funicular railway called “Ficelle” located in the Vieux Lyon, near St Jean Metro Station. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city from the Esplanade and visit the surrounding Roman ruins including the Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre (10,000 seats) and its museum.

• The Vieux Lyon:
stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town Area listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the fascinating covered passageways called “traboules” which link private courtyards to neighbouring streets. Visit St Jean Cathedral church dating from the 12th century and admire its harmonious Gothic façade.

• The Croix Rousse District:
walk up and down the narrow streets of the “silk-workers” (Canuts) neighbourhood and discover a village inside the City. In the morning, visit the small marvellous market on the Boulevard and then go to the “Maison des Canuts” museum to learn about the silk-workers’ life and their many 19th century revolts and the famous “Jacquard” silk weaving technique.

• The Presqu’ile (Peninsula) District:
between the Saone and Rhone rivers, start your exploration from the impressive Bellecour Square where Louis XIV with his horse statue sits. Take Republique Pedestrian Street and do some shopping in the many shops and boutiques. Keep going till you reach the Lyon Opera House restored by Jean Nouvel architect. Then, go to Terreaux Square, discover the Hotel De Ville Building (City Hall) built in the year 1646 and have a drink on a nice terrace Café nearby to the Bartholdi Fountain.

• The Tête-d’Or Parc:
this is just the best place for a romantic walk or for a family with children to escape from the city! The Tete d’Or Park is one of France's largest and finest urban parks (105 hectares) with 7 entrances gates and a beautiful lake in its center. According to the legend, a golden head of Christ is buried somewhere in the Park and still has been found. The Tête-d’Or Park hosts Lyon’s zoo & botanical garden as well as one of the most magnificent rose gardens in Europe. The entrance to the Park is free.

• Lyon Boat Cruise:
From 1st of April to the end of October in afternoons, discover Lyons from a different perspective, from the winding waters of the Saône River. Embark on a River Boat at Quai des Celestin with Naviginter (www.naviginter.fr) for a cruise of one hour or more as far as Ile Barbe (Barb Island). Cruise tickets from € 9.

• The painted walls: just open your eyes when you walk through Lyon and discover many painting walls relating Lyon history.

• At night:
enjoy a delicious dinner at a “Bouchon” Lyonnais restaurant and come back to your hotel by foot, walking on the edge of the Rhone or the Saone River to admire the magical effect of the illuminations on bridges, banks and facades.

• Lyon Surroundings:
don’t forget to take a tour to enjoy the beautiful countryside. The choice is yours but we strongly recommend you to go to the Beaujolais Wine Country, Perouges medieval town and if you are a wine connoisseur to the North Rhone Valley Vineyards.


For more information, you can contact Lyon Tourist Information Office located Bellecour Square.

 
 

 

 

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