View of Lyon on the Saône river © nomadkate/
View of Lyon on the Saône river © nomadkate/


Enjoy France’s Joie de Vivre

Published: 06 October 2023, 11:20

The pretty, historic city of Lyon lies between the Rhône, Saône and the vineyards of Beaujolais. The capital of the Rhône-Alpes region is the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille. Lyon's history dates back to ancient times. A total of four districts in the city centre are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the old town of Vieux-Lyon with its winding streets and traboules (secret passageways) and the Fourvière district with its pretty basilica.

Lyon is considered the culinary capital of France and boasts the greatest density of gourmet restaurants with Michelin stars in France. The covered market of Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is a true gourmet’s paradise. Lyon also offers a wide range of cultural activities with attractive events such as the annual jazz festival or the spectacular Festival of Lights.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 522,000
  • Official language: French
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

City Walk Through Lyon

Excursions around Lyon

Not only does Lyon itself offer many highlights, but the area around the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region is also worth exploring. Wine-growing regions such as the Rhône valley or Beaujolais north of Lyon are not far away. Wine aficionados should not miss a trip to the region with its many wineries and pretty medieval villages. The village of Perougés, with its ancient stone houses, is particularly worth seeing. For a day trip, the picturesque alpine town of Annecy is situated on the turquoise mountain lake Lac d'Annecy, one of the cleanest lakes in France. The Pilat Nature Park with its beautiful forests and mountains is a scenic paradise – ideal for hiking and cycling.

Discover the Region Around Lyon

Lyon from BER

Five Travel Tips for …

1. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town (Vieux Lyon)

2. Explore the secret passages (les traboules) of the city

3. Stroll from the old town up the Colline de Fourvière

4. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

5. Visit the former Roman amphitheatres

1. Sample classic Lyon cuisine in a brasserie

2. Visit the Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market halls

3. Buy regional products in the delicatessen (e.g. brioche sausage)

4. Taste different types of cheese in a fromagerie

5. Take a wine tour in the Beaujolais region

1. See paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Monet at the Musée des Beaux Arts

2. Experience Lyon bathed in beautiful colours during the Festival of Lights

3. Marvel at the murals such as Fresque des Lyonnais

4. Learn more about the history of the city at the Musée d'Histoire de Lyon

5. Visit the 12th century Cathedral of Saint-Jean in the old town

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