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Why Visit Lyon, France

Providing a rich cultural scene, numerous architectural monuments and places to visit, the city of Lyon,is one worth visiting indeed. Set on the confluence of the Rhone and Saone Rivers, Lyon is among the most visited cities in France, famous for its exceptional cuisine and the largest ensemble of Renaissance buildings in Europe and attracting a growing number of tourists each year.

Begin your Lyon sightseeing by visiting the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, a majestic monument of the 19th-century French architecture. The white stone basilica is situated on a hill providing breathtaking views of the city, however, the lavishly decorated interior is definitely one to marvel at as well. While in the area, make sure to explore the remains of the Roman theater nearby too.

Make your way down the hill later to find the historic Vieux Lyon, the old town of the city. Being among the most extensive Renaissance quarters in Europe, the area is interesting to stroll around. Don't miss the chance to walk along the narrow cobbled stones to feel the unique ambiance and admire the beauty of the old architectural monuments.

Another lovely stop of the Lyon itinerary is Place des Terreaux. Located in the Presqu'ile area, the exceptional square and the marvelous building of Hotel de Ville, along with an impressive 19th-century fountain, undoubtedly make up for one amazing site. The statue in the fountain, sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, is one of four horses pulling a chariot, symbolizing rivers galloping towards the sea.

Among other architectural wonders in the city, it is important to visit the Cathedrale St-Jean-Baptiste. However, if you want to explore some pieces of modern architecture, the Lyon Confluence is the place to go. This industrial district by Presqu'ile is flourishing with examples of cutting-edge architecture, numerous restaurants, and shops and the highlight of the area, Musee des Confluences. This futuristic museum is exceptional in its distorted structure and is now considered to be one of the main landmarks of the city.

Best Things to Do on Lyon Tours

  • Visit the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and the Cathedrale St-Jean-Baptiste
  • Explore the old town, Vieux Lyon
  • Stop by the Place des Terreaux square
 

Exploring the world of gastronomy is also a must while in the city! Trying delicacies of the rich local cuisine and enjoying numerous attractions and sites during Lyon travel will undoubtedly be something to remember for a long time. So, is Lyon your next great French destination?

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