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Lyon is France third largest city and its position at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers offers a wonderful experience. Discover outstanding museums, stunning monuments and a tasty cuisine in France’s second most important city after Paris.
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Many cultural treasures are waiting for the adventurer who decided to make a stop to this incredible city. With a history dating back to ancient Roman times, Lyon heritage is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find France’s oldest ruins, medieval quarters and fine Renaissance houses during your tourist city. On the Fourviere Hill, spend time in the Basilica Notre-Dame, blend of Gothic and Byzantine styles with sumptuous mosaics and paintings. Don’t forget to taste the famous cuisine of the legendary Lyonnais gastronomy in a little brasserie of the city.
The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, probably one of the most important in Europe with its large collection of paintings, Egyptian antiquities and sculptures, is a must see for the art lover. Another museum not to be missed as well, is the Resistance and Deportation History Centre tracing back the history of Lyon, known as the Capital of the Resistance during the WWII. Dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of the Nazi regime, the center has a permanent exhibit that outlines the major events of the WWII.
The Confluence is an entirely new neighborhood known as the city’s heart and soul so soak up the atmosphere. For the most expansive Renaissance districts, go for a stroll through the narrow cobbled passageways of Vieux Lyon called the “traboules” and used by silk workers to transport their fabrics in the past.
Quartier Saint-Jean is a medieval quarter where you can experience the city’s Old World ambiance wandering around quiet courtyards, traditional restaurants and inviting shops.
The Presqu’ile District is worth visiting for its beautiful architecture and monumental town squares.
To escape the city and its tumult, go to France’s largest urban park, Parc de la Tête d’Or. Lush and verdant, this park has a zoo, botanical garden, pony rides and a lake where you can sail and paddle boat.
Birthplace of the cinema, Lyon have shot the world’s first moving picture. The Institut Lumière is a museum that pays tribute to brothers Lumière, the inventors of the cinematograph.
If you have a chance to visit Lyon during December, don’t miss out the Festival of Lights which is a must see! Lyon lights up with a million lights and offers the spectator an incredible show through the illuminating of monuments, streets, hills and river banks.
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Lyon Top Attractions
- Parc de la Tête d’Or
- Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière
- Institut Lumière
- Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
- Resistance and Deportation History Centre
- Lyon murals
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