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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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"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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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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Place des Terreaux Tips (11)

Place des terraux

Place des terraux is almost in the center of Lyon. The big square has a very atmosphere with the surrounding buildings and the special one is the Hotel De Ville.. Dont be confused like me, Hotel de ville is the City Hall .:)

One interesting part of the square is the small fountains coming from the ground, arranged symmetrically and you can watch the water dancing. They are lit up at nights and the scene is really nice.

I had a nice beer on the cafe at the left front where you see in the picture and on a friday night the road adjacent to the cafee was very crowded and many youngs were dancing in the pubs behind the square..

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Erkmen
May 06, 2003

Hôtel de Ville - the City Hall

So every French city has its City Hall, a beautifully ornamented building that stands out among all the others. The Lyonnaise version was built by Simon Maupin, and had its façade reformed in 1700 by J.H. Mansart.

Notice the "fountains" originating from the ground, 69 dancing jets of water that are lit up at night, in the beautiful square front of the building (Place des Terreaux).

OrlandoBR
Mar 04, 2003

be wary of the fountains

We snapped this photo in the evening, after the rainstorm had passed. The lighting produced a great effect off of the water. Be wary of the fountains, as jets of water will spray from the sidewalks without warning, where the lights are in the sidewalk. The building in the photo is Hotel de Ville.

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rwlittle
Mar 27, 2004

Fountains everywhere you look

The heart of the Terreaux quarter, the Place des Terreaux is lined with cafes and bordered by several notable buildings, including City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum and the Opera House. The ground of the square itself has numerous small fountains (see other pic), which creates a nice effect. The highlight of the Place des Terreaux is probably the Terreaux Fountain. Its two charging horses (which symbolize two rivers heading to the ocean) really jump out at you, and its turquoise-blue water is striking. The sculptor, Bartholdi, also created the Lion de Belfort and the Statue of Liberty.

Bottom-line: Perhaps not the most famous square in Lyon, but this was my personal favorite.

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Dec 20, 2005
 
 
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Bertholdi Fountain

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 rivers of France. Enjoy it while you can, it is supposed to be removed for restoration in 2015.

The name of the sculptor most likely won't ring any bells, but Frederic Bertholdi was the sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. Bertholdi selected the site and only part of the work was funded by the U.S. and presented in 1880. A smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty stands in Paris (if you are taking the train to Versailles you will see it)

The first day i saw it the square was filled with people at a festival, so the visual effect was not nearly as striking as the following day when the square was empty

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Sep 06, 2015

Bartholdi Fountain

The Batholdi Fountain is one of the highlights of this square. The sculptor of the fountain also created the Statue of Liberty. The fountain has a tremdous amount of detail and you can almost feel the four horses, which represent four rivers racing for the ocean, pulling the chariot forward. The fountain is very reminiscent of those you see in Rome, both Trevi and the one in Piazza Navona.

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rcsparty
Sep 20, 2006

Hotel de Ville

The Place de Terraux is basically in the center of Lyon. The square is dominated by the Hotel de Ville, or town hall. The building was constructed in the mid-1600's, but was destroyed by fire soon after. The current facade was completed in 1700. The square is a great place to stop for a snack and let the kids run around the dancing jets of water which shoot out from the ground. The bells of the town hall play every Sunday evening during the summer.

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rcsparty
Sep 20, 2006

The Prancing Horses

Along the north side of the Place des Terreaux is the large set of statues and a lead fountain created by the sculptor Bartholdi. which represent the Saone and Rhone rivers heading to the sea. Along the east side of the square is the Hotel de Ville. The facade is a replacement by Hardouin-Mansart and de Cotte for one destroyed in a fire. There is a central dome and side pavilions.

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PLACE DES TERRAUX This is...




PLACE DES TERRAUX This is where you'll see 17th century Hôtel de Ville (town hall). During summer time, cafes lined up and children take a splash with water that spurts from the ground.

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miaou
Aug 24, 2002

Bartholdi's Fountain

On Place des Terreaux, a magnificent 19th Century fountain by Bartholdi, the French sculptor (Statue of Liberty).

OrlandoBR
Mar 03, 2003

The Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

The Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) is one of the most outstanding in France, was built in 1646 by the Lyonnais Simon Maupain. The painted interior is a fine example of Roman-Baroque decorations in Lyon.

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Jul 21, 2003

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