• LYON Welcomes you

  • Lyon: from historic city to 21st Century

    Every year, several million tourists come to visit Lyon. The capital of the Gauls has become a favorite destination for travellers thanks to its charm and the quality of its cultural life. 

    Lyon is France’s #2 city for culture according to Journal des Arts, just behind Paris. And for good reason, as the city has an abundance of museums.

    Lyon is a city of history, listed as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage since 1998, making it Europe’s 2nd-largest Renaissance site after Venice.
  • Welcome to Lyon

    Lyon Renaissance District
    This Renaissance district, listed by UNESCO, is the largest area of its kind in France. It consists of 3 separate villages: St Georges to the South, St Paul to the North-East, and St Jean in the middle. The area mainly became a town in itself during the 15th and 16th centuries. The “traboules” are passageways that allow people to cross directly from one street to another through inner courtyards. They were crafted to facilitate pedestrian traffic.
    Enter the world of Silk through “Traboules” passageways
    Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century. At the silk printing workshop, printers will demonstrate Lyon’s traditional know how.
    The City Centre
    Between the Saône and Rhône rivers, called the Presqu’île, has always been the heart of busy activity around the neighbourhood’s businesses, shops, bookstores and theatres.
    Charming squares and prestigious buildings are present all around this district, which is ideal for shopping or just wandering around.
    The Confluence district: 21st century town
    The most ambitious urban redevelopment plan in Europe in terms of surface area. It will only be fully completed in 2025, but the district has already undergone massive change. A new cultural centre in the Lyon urban area, the district saw the opening of the Musée des Confluences in December 2014. The monumental museum building houses exhibitions that look at the history of mankind and our place in the universe.
    Lyon, capital of the Rhône-Alpes region
    With its surplus trade balance, the Lyon region is home to a dynamic and diversified industrial network whose added value is higher than the European average.
    • 5 competitivity centres / 3 hot spots: sites dedicated to the convergence of industry and education-research
    • Unique business drive with over 10 000 companies created each year
    • European-level scientific research potential, with 510 laboratories and 10 000 research personnel.
    Lyon: World’s Capital of Gastronomy
    #1 French city for gastronomy (The Times UK, 2015)
    #5 "Top Food City" worldwide (National Geographic, 2015)
    22 starred chiefs in the Greater Lyon area (Michelin guide 2016) and 79 starred Chefs in Rhone-Alpes.
    The city is reknowned for its gastronomy,  thanks to Paul Bocuse.
    Art, history, civilizations, sciences: 38 museums in Lyon
    Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière: A superb collection of mosaics, sarcophagi, statues and artifacts, are preserved in this museum.
    The « Gadagne » Museum: The Hôtel de Gadagne, a superbly renovated Renaissance building, houses two museums, the Lyon Historical Museum and the International Puppet Museum.
    Museum Lumière: The birthplace of cinema : it was in Lyon in the 19th century that the Lumière brothers invented new photographic processes and patented the « cinematographe ».
    The light plan: Festival of Light
    Over the centuries, Lyon has established close ties with light as a popular tradition, technique and art.
    In the heart of winter, the city lights up and celebrates the Festival of Light, Lyon’s largest popular festival combining tradition and advanced technologies, all contributing to creativity and light as an art form
    Shopping: prêt à porter & luxe, markets, a large choice of shops and stalls
    Thanks to more than 3000 retailers, the centre of Lyon is a European reference for shopping: diversity and quality of the offer are its key characteristics.
    The "Carré d’Or" in the heart of the city is home to all the major brands in international luxury goods (such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Lancel, Montblanc…)  and to more offbeat designers. Part-Dieu Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping centre in Europe, boasting more than 260 shops in the heart of the Part-Dieu district.
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