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Lyon Things to Do

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  • Vieux Lyon

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    You are immediately struck by the elegant neo-gothic exterior of St Georges. You can tell its a fairly recent construction, but there has been a church on this location since about 550 AD. After being destroyed several times, it was used as a parish church in the Middle Ages. The Commandery of the Knights of Malta was located directly next door....

  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Looming above Lyon from its position on a hilltop on the right bank of the Saône, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière can be seen from numerous places in the city. So it is certainly a prominent landmark, even for those of us who dislike the building and what it stands for. Like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which has a similarly dominating...

  • Fourvière Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The original Lyon was founded by the Romans on Fourviere Hill. At its height it was probably the major Roman city outside the Italian peninsula. Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (present day France) between 58 and 53 BC. In 43 BC the Roman Senate ordered the foundation of a settlement at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Initially the...


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Lyon Restaurants

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  • Hipopotamus restaurant Grill

    You can find them everywhere in France. Lovely Steaks, Salads and desserts. I had the Caesar Salad and a Medium Steak

  • Local Brewery

    Ninkasi is a Lyon based brewery with several pub / restaurants around town.Our first evening meal was in ane of these and as we particularly enjoyed both food and beer we searched out another of their venues for lunch on the two following days.It's good pub grub as they say, the assiette tapenade is very good and the fries are the best we've had...

  • Hippopotamus

    One of a chain I suspect, this one in a shopping centre in the Part-Dieu area but don't let that put you off!Comfortable and friendly, a meat heavy menu but enough choice to keep the vegetarian Mrs B happy. Set meals good value and food all very nicely done.Enjoyed our visit here.


Lyon Nightlife

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  • Pubs & Bars

    ## Vieux Lyon This area has plenty to offer. The most well known bars are the british pubs. From south to North, here they are. Get down at the "Vieux Lyon" Metro station. Southward you have plenty of little bars/clubs, probably the best one is the Johnny Walshes, warm and nice, a bit overpacked sometimes with live music and quizz on Sunday night....

  • Restaurents

    The old part of the city has a good selection of restaurants. There are also touristy types of streets: full of cheap, reasonable-to-poor quality restaurants (very similar to those streets in the Latin Quarter in Paris). If you wander around to the quieter streets, you may find better French places. Shorts and t-shirt were what I wore. In the more...

  • Festival des Lumières

    Really big and beautiful festival. The lights are everywhere, you may drink wine, eat chestnuts and enjoy the lights and the elation of the people around you. All of the performances of light-masters are worth seeing them. Don't miss any of them!


Lyon Transportation

  • Metro, Funicular, Bus & Tram

    Hi everyone, I would just like to inform you about this company, Rhonexpress. First of all it is a scandal how the concession has been given for 30 YEARS to such companies as Vinci or Veolia, known for not caring much for the clients but for profits and dividends mostly. Of course they have assured a monopolistic position, ending with the more...

  • Trains & TGV

    Travelling by train around France is the best way to move around , better than the buses. They close at about midnight and open again at 5 AM. I had to sleep on the floor near the gate long time ago. When they opened at 5 I run to order a hot coffee an a coissant.

  • Airport & Flying

    No problem flying into Lyon. Leaving by international flight is more problematic if you use T1. The security section (X-rays) is grossly inadequate with queues routinely meaning 20 or 30 minutes wait. The employee on duty that day confirmed to me that is was not a one-off and that queues are almost always very long. Plan to get there early if...


Lyon Shopping

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  • Rue Victor Hugo

    The great nineteenth century novelist, poet and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was not an avid shopper, as far as I know, so he probably wouldn’t have been too happy about having one of the main shopping streets in Lyon named after him.But I’m sure he would have appreciated this girl who made a quick stop with her Vélo’v bike to pop into one of...

  • . . . but a few internet cafés still...

    Eventually I found two internet cafés that were still in operation. Both were in a small street called rue Romarin, which is behind the City Hall and Place des Terreaux.This is an old narrow street which is picturesque in a grungy sort of way.I went to Planete Net/Phone at 21 rue Romarin because it looked a bit roomier than Web n' Call (second...

  • An ex-@ shop . . .

    Since I had a newly published guidebook I was confident that their recommendations would be up-to-date, which most of them were. But there was one exception, namely internet cafés.They listed several internet cafés in the Old Town, but the first two I went looking for had already gone out of business. This one in the photo, at 12 rue Lainerie,...


Lyon Local Customs

  • Guignol

    There are three troupes presenting puppet shows daily in Lyon. One is located in a small theater in Old Lyon and the others are in other parts of the city. We attended an afternoon show at the Daniel Streble troupe. After the show we went backstage and were shown the workings and looked at an enormous number of puppets of ages from ancient to new....

  • Money

    Leaving a pourboire (tipping) is at your discretion. Service charges are included on all restaurant bills at a cost of between 10 and 15 percent. Extra tips are accepted of course if you have received above good service. s fair to add a little more if the meal and service has been exceptional. Taxi drivers expect tips of about 10 percent of the...

  • Festival des Lumières

    The Festival of Lights is probably the most popular as well as the most established event in Lyon occurs on December 8th. Lanterns adorn balconies and windows and streets a full of performers making the event quite a visionary display. Different events are organised in the different quarters. The Festival of Lights began around 150 years ago at the...


Lyon Warnings and Dangers

  • When going during summertime...

    We visited during summertime, and it was HOT HOT HOT.... As a person that is not very happy in the heat, I thought I was going to die, it was very very hot, so I would suggest taking a hat and some suncream, as it gets really very hot there.If you plan on renting a car and driving around, I would advise you to get one with an airconditioner, its...

  • Do not jaywalk in Lyon

    For a first time visitor to Lyon it is important to know that most one-way streets have a separate lane for buses and taxis that comes in the OPPOSITE direction of other cars. It means that while you're looking to the right for traffic to stop in a one-way street, buses and taxis would come from the left (most likely in 60 km/h). Lot's of people I...

  • TGV Duplex: never again!

    The Paris-Lyon route uses the 2-level high-speed train, the TGV Duplex. The train shakes like mad if you get a seat on the upper floor, which will certainly give you a bad headache, and by the time you get to Lyon you'll be considering flying back to Paris... if you cannot stand the ferries to the Greek islands, keep away from this!


Lyon Tourist Traps

  • Shopping or eating on Rue du Bueuf

    I was there for two evenings in a row. Really tried to chatch a spirit of Lyon's old town. But the only thing I felt was the spirit of shopping and eating at a tourist place. Honestly, I could find a place to eat there and did not buy anything there either. Just include it as a part of your old town visit and walk around, there's not much to do...

  • lyon wasn t a very touristy...

    lyon wasn t a very touristy place because the city hadn t developped structures for tourists but within the past few years lyon has experienced a real tourist explosion!!luckyly i don t think we have tourist traps yet...i m shure they ll show up later on.You ll get the usual insisting vendors on the streets in st jean and rue de la republique but...

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Lyon What to Pack

  • Lyon guidebook

    At the bookshops in the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main there are dozens of different guidebooks about Prague, where I went a few weeks earlier, but this was the only one they had about Lyon.It is called “City|Trip Lyon” by Petra Sparrer, published by Reise Know-How Verlag in Bielefeld, first edition 2010, and it is all in German...

  • What to bring on your trip to Lyon

    Lyon has a rather moderate, continental climate. There's sunshine from April till September, but it can get really cold and rainy in winter! Changing foreign currencies is not so easy in Lyon, as the banks usually don't do it and there's only few places to change money (for example AOC near the opera, Rue de la Republique). You can get cash from...

  • Basic needs

    Hope you didn't pay a lot for that luggage! The support bar in my large bag was bent, and there is now a rip in the outer covering of the bag. I did purchase some of the new TSA-approved locks so the bags can be searched, but remain locked. Nice! You can be spotted as an American by those white walking/running shoes we wear. It is not a problem,...


Lyon Off The Beaten Path

  • Perouges

    Pérouges is a typical village of the Middle Age located on top of a hill at about 35km of Lyon. A lot of efforts have been made to preserve its medieval character and all the historic buildings have been restored. It's very charming.

  • Palais du Facteur Cheval

    The Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives in the department of Drôme in central France is my kind of palace. It was built by and for a hard working man as opposed to royalty. This palace was built by a mail carrier who, during years of mail delivery, collected stones of all shapes and sizes during his daily route by wheelbarrow of 40 miles...

  • Lyon City

    One of the few museums we could find, the Miniatures museum is in old lyon. For a nominal fee (we don't even remember what it was!), you can walk through various rooms that hold tiny exhibits -- models of room after room made with painstaking detail of everyday life. My wife enjoyed guessing what things were used to make tiny brooms, phones,...


Lyon Sports & Outdoors

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    by vichatherly Written Apr 20, 2008

    The Stade Gerland is the home of Olympique Lyonnnais.

    A decent modern all seater stadium with a capcity of 42,000

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  • Cathédrale St-Jean

    Originellement du XIVe siècle, elle fut remaniée plusieurs fois. Elle indique : la date, les positions de la lune, du soleil et de la Terre, ainsi que celle des étoiles au-dessus de Lyon. Bien entendu, compte tenu des connaissances de l'époque, c'est le soleil qui tourne autour de la Terre. La date donnée sera exacte jusqu'en 2019. Au-dessus de...

  • Vieux Lyon - general

    Sur la place St.-Jean, devant la cathédrale du même nom, ne manquez pas d'aller voir l'Herboristerie. C'est l'une des rares rescapées de France, où elles ont toutes pratiquement disparues. En effet, de diplôme n'est plus préparé depuis de nombreuses années et la profession est en voie de disparition au fur et à mesure des décès des herboristes...

  • Place Bellecour

    There is so much to see, and with so little time or resources, your best bet is purchasing these cards. On purchase the card covers transportation, free passes into museums, tour guide, boat cruise, bus tours, the puppet show and discounts in various restaurants and places for duration of the card. It is an awesome deal, and it is the first thing...


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