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Lyon Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting
"Join your small group and guide near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin your morning or afternoon tour. Get outfitted with an electric bike — equipped for comfortable effortless riding letting you pedal cruise or a combination of both — and set off through the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city.Steeped in centuries of history and considered the culinary capital of France Lyon's vibrant mix of monuments museums squares
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1.5-Hour Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in Lyon
"This Tour allows you to discover the city in just 1.5 hours! See the highlights of Lyon such as the Saône River the Banks of Rhône Bellecour square the Old Town (Vieux Lyon) the park of the ""Golden Head"" (Parc de la tête d'or) and many other surprising places!Join your small group and guide near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin your morning or afternoon tour. Get outfitted with an electric bike — equi effortless riding
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1-Hour Lyon City Segway Tour
"Meet your guide in central Lyon near the Bellecour Square and the Rhône River  to begin your tour. Check your agility to drive the Segway TP for approximately 15-20 minutes. During this practice your guide will explain everything you need to know to drive the Segway TP safely.Start your tour along the Rhône riverbank with great views to downtown Lyon and the famous Hôtel Dieu. Cross the Morand Bridge which is unique in France and explore the heart of Lyon. Learn about the history of the Opera and the Beautiful “Place des Terreaux” where you will see the fountain Bartholdi.Return to the agency by the Saône riverbank and along the old Lyon to finish on the “Place Bellec""
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Place Bellecour Tips (13)

Imposing main square

I had seen pictures of this square in preparing for this trip but seeing it in person was quite different. Even filled with people it was just amazingly huge, perhaps even more so because it doesn't have any trees.

Located on the Presquile, the peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers, this piece of land has gone through many uses over the years. Louis XIV redeveloped it for use as a public square.

At its center is the equestrian statue of Louis XIV with bronze statues representing the Rhone and Saone rivers on each side.

The view of basilica on the hill was particularly good.

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GentleSpirit
Oct 13, 2014

Clocher de la Charité

This bell tower is all that remains of an old hospital, L'hôpital de la Charité, which was built in 1633 and enlarged in the eighteenth century in order to serve the poorest people of the region.

The tower was built in 1804 for use as a baby hatch, where destitute mothers could anonymously leave their newborn babies. The mother was supposed to put the baby in a wooden cylinder and then ring the bell to alert the nurses that a baby was there. This baby hatch was in use from 1804 to 1843. The hospital itself was torn down in 1934 to make room for a public square, the Place Antonin Poncet, but the tower was left standing.

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Nemorino
Jul 20, 2011

Place Bellecour

This is a large empty square in the center of the peninsula and hence the center of Lyon. When I was there in the spring of 2011 there was some construction work going on, so it may be that the square will look different, and not quite so empty, in the future.

In the first photo the Saône River is in the foreground, Place Bellecour in the middle and the Rhône River behind it.

The streets on the four sides of the square are open to motor traffic, but no cars are allowed in the square itself.

Second photo: The other way around, i.e. Fourvière as seen from Bellecour. The man on the horse is none other than King Louis XIV, in a statue that was made in 1826 by a sculptor from Lyon named François Lemot. Up on the hill in the center of the photo is the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, and off to the right is the Metallic Tower.

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Nemorino
Jul 20, 2011

At The North of the Place Bellecour

Just to the north of the Place Bellecour at its west end is the Place des Jacobins which has in its center the Dominican's erected in 1888 in memory of four local artists dressed in the styles of their times. Beyond to the southeast is the large Place Bellecour.

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Dec 22, 2010
 
 
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Place Bellecour and Louis XIV Statue

This is a large open space in the center of the Presqu'ile from which one can look across the Saone river to the Fourviere Hill. To the north but running north and south are rue de la Republique and rue du President-Herriot the shopping streets. To the southeast is the bell tower of the 17C former alms house.

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hquittner
Dec 10, 2010

Where to buy books about food?

There is a unique shop in Lyon, near Place Bellecour. In Cuisine is a well-know shop for the food lovers who wish to discover a lot about food, taste some tradtional local products and even learn how to cook.

HeleneBilliet
Aug 16, 2010

One of the largest squares in Europe

Place Bellecour is enormously large. I would say: it hurts… when it’s hot in Lyon.
Until 13th century is was known as Bella Curia. For a long time it was a marsh area and belonged to rich families of Lyon. Only in 17th century it became a public square. Under Luis 14th it became a Royal Square and the monument was built back then. During revolution it was ruined and reconstructed under Napoleon in 1802.
You will find a Tourist office here and will be able to buy tickets or passes to almost anything in a town. The excursions will also meet here. It is a short walk from this square to Old Town.
There are interesting shops along the perimeter of the square. I found one with unbelievable gastronomic delights made out of any kind of fish.

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aquatic
Jan 04, 2009

Place Bellecour

Located between the Saone and Rhone rivers, this square offers a fantastic view of the Basilica. It was formerly known as the Royal Square and has a statue of Louis XIV on horseback in the center. If you are walking around Lyon, you can't help but stumble upon the square. During some of my morning runs, while getting lost, I always managed to get back to this place eventually. The views of the Basilica as a backdrop to the statue is worth a quick stop for a kodak moment.

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Massive square in the heart of Lyon

Formerly known as the Royal Square, la Place Bellecour is located between the Rhone and the Saone rivers in the Presqu'ile district. In the center of this square (one of the largest in all of Europe) is the famous statue of Louis XIV on horseback by Francois Lemot.

Bottom-line: The square itself doesn't have much character, but it is located in a very vibrant part of town, and allows for some nice views of the Fourviere Hill. Also, the official Tourist Office is located here.

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iNorv9
Dec 20, 2005

Place Bellecour

Formerly the Place Royale, located at the heart of the Peninsula, between the Rhoône and the Saône, is one of the largest squares in Europe. In the centre of the square stands Francois Lemot's statue of Louis XIV.

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Mar 23, 2004

Bellecour Square

Bellecour Square is one of Europe's famous public squares. It's marked by a majestic statue of Louis XIV on horseback and is slap bang in the middle of the main shopping and entertainment district. You can get a good view of it from Fourvière Hill .

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Sep 08, 2003

PLACE BELLECOUR is the...




PLACE BELLECOUR is the heart of Lyon. This open square is where folks go to take a stroll, meet up with friends, or -for visitors- get information from tourist bureau. In the surroundings you have shops, restaurants, bookstores, etc.


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Aug 24, 2002

Things to Do Near Place Bellecour

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Vieux Lyon

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...
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Rue Saint-Jean

Rue Saint-Jean is the main axis through Vieux Lyon, and it's always full to the brim with tourists. Some might say that it's too full and too touristy, but I loved its character. There are lots of...
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Traboules

No visit to Lyon would be complete without some traboules-hunting! That stated, a reader unfamiliar with Lyon should first find out what traboules are. The short answer is "passages through...
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

I rarely give a tip a nondescript title, but in the case of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière the word "Wow!" is enough to describe it. While it looks pompous, but still rather harmless from the...
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Musée Civilisation Gallo-Romaine &Amphitheatres

Just to the right of the large Amphitheater is the new museum which was built between 1971-75 by the architect Bernard-Henri Zehrfuss. It is in the form of a descending spiral built into the side...
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Place des Terreaux

This fountain, sculpted by FE Bertholdi in 1889 is located at the middle of the Place des Terraux in Lyon. It shows France,depicted as the female figure in the chariot, controlling the four great...
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