Top Attractions in Lyon
Top Attractions in Lyon
Located beautifully at the confluence of two of the most beguiling rivers of France, Lyon is a charming French city best known for its historic monuments, dining scene, colorful festivals and spectacular river banks. Renowned for its historical heritage and modern architecture, the city’s Old Town or the Vieux-Lyon (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a must-visit as it is one of the best preserved in Europe. For all the foodies out there, this city is known as the ‘Gastronomy Capital of France’ and has over 2000 restaurants, 14 of which have stars in the Michelin Guide. Head with your loved one to the Alps to get all romantic or with your friends to have a proper skiing experience which is less than an hour away from the city. Lyon also has a vibrant cultural calendar and hosts some spectacular events including the 'Fête des Lumières' in December and the 'Biennial Dance Festival' in September. Overloaded with excellent wines, extravagant outdoor music, a cinematic history, sumptuous cuisine, green spaces, roman history, beautiful landscapes, and a lot more, Lyon does outshine Paris in a number of ways.
Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière:
Popularly known as the praying hill, Basilique Notre Dame De Fourviere is the heart of the religious and cultural life in Lyon. Built between 1872 and 1876 in a neo-Byzantine style, this basilica proffers jaw-dropping views of the city. It boasts of an ornate interior in contrast to its grave exterior and is definitely worth visiting.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon:
Housed in an exceptional structure, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is the city's hub for artistic works and stands as one of the most important art museums across the country. It is set in a former 17th-century abbey with collections ranging from ancient Egypt antiquities to the modern art period. If you are in Lyon and an art aficionado, this museum is definitely worth a stop.
Lyon National Opera:
A landmark attraction in Lyon, this 300-year-old national opera is a majorly frequented attraction, especially among the opera connoisseurs. The first 5 levels of the Lyon Opera House are sunken while the 6 higher levels are enclosed in vaulted glass. The best way to experience the National Opera House is by catching a show. You can check the official website for upcoming events.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais:
Also renowned as the Grand Stade, Parc Olympique Lyonnais is a recently opened stadium and the new home ground of Olympique Lyonnais. It substituted its former stadium, Stade de Gerland, and is now the official stadium for the French football club, Olympique Lyonnais. With a capacity of 60,000, this stadium also a prime venue for a large number of concerts.
Parc de la Tête d'Or:
Spread over an area of approximately 117 hectares, Parc de la Tête d'Or is the largest urban park in France. This nature's paradise is also an abode to a garden cramped with blooming roses, a zoo, a captivating lake, and much more. One of the best ways to get around is by hiring a city bike to explore the place along with enjoying in the riveting landscapes. If your visit to Lyon is during summer, you might be lucky enough to set out on a boating trip.
Musée Miniature et Cinéma:
Located in the historical heart of Lyon, Musee Miniature et Cinema is a museum of hyper-realistic movie props, costumes, miniatures and special effects. It pays homage to the know-hows of behind-the-scenes artists from some of most prestigious film studios and companies. The replication of old textures and the subtle lighting arrangement makes the experience all worth it.
Aquarium de Lyon:
Located in the La Mulatière district of the city of Lyon, Aquarium du Grand Lyon is home to about 280 marine species including more than 5,000 fish. A popular part of the aquarium is called the ‘Five Senses’, where visitors can interact with some of the most interesting aquatic species on the premises. Give your visit to this aquarium a new edge as you swim along with the aquatic animals.
Musée des Confluences:
Standing tall at the convergence of the Rhone and Saône rivers, Musée des Confluences is a science center and anthropology museum in Lyon. Browse through the collections of natural science, anthropology, and earth science that are adjunct by various art and craft exhibitions.
Built between the late 11th and early 16th centuries, Cathédrale St-Jean is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Lyon devoted to Saint John. This spiritual abode is known for its impressive stained-glass windows, glass paintings and 14th-century astronomical clock. You must definitely consider visiting the cathedral for its religious significance, Gothic architectural style, and historical value.