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Interesting facts about Lyon

The third largest city in France, Lyon is a thriving metropolis that was originally founded in the Roman era. One of the city’s claims to fame is having been the birthplace of cinema. A major university city, it has a youthful atmosphere today. The diverse array of attractions offer something for everyone; whether you’re seeking historic sites, cultural attractions, nightlife, shopping, or easy access to nature, Lyon won’t disappoint. Start planning your trip to Lyon with this handy Finnair travel guide to Lyon. 

Sights in Lyon

Lyon’s diverse neighbourhoods contain plenty of charm, and it’s well worth venturing into the different parts of the city to fully appreciate Lyon’s rich flavour.

Start your trip in the Renaissance-era Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon). There are three major religious buildings in Old Lyon: Lyon Cathedral with its striking astronomical clock and archaeological gardens, St George’s Church (Église Saint-Georges), and St. Paul’s Church (Église Saint-Paul).
Other interesting landmarks here include the grand Palais de Justice de Lyon, the Temple du Change, Hôtel Bullioud, and Maison Thomassin. Ride the funicular up to Fourvière and admire the opulent interiors of, and sweeping views from, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Some of Lyon’s finest museums include the Musées Gadagne, which tells the story of Lyon’s past and has a fascinating collection of puppets; the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon; the Museum of the Resistance; and Institut Lumière, which demonstrates how cinema was born and how it developed.

For nightlife and dining, Presqu'île is the place to be. If you happen to visit Lyon in early December you can enjoy the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights), a festival where many beautiful buildings are lit up for a truly stunning effect.

Things to See and Do Near Lyon

  • Pérouges – Explore this rustic, medieval walled town and feel as though you’ve taken a huge step back in time.
  • Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez – Said to be one of the prettiest villages in France, highlights include touring the old church, monastery, cloisters, and hermitages before going out of the village to enjoy nature in the Pilat Regional Natural Park (Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat).
  • Villars-les-Dombes – Children and adults alike are sure to be fascinated by the wide array of colourful feathered creatures in this exciting bird park.
  • Annecy – This glorious lake is surrounded by beautiful countryside and quaint villages. Go boating and take a refreshing dip in the waters, explore the canals, and enjoy the pastoral atmosphere.
  • Grottes du Cerdon – This natural underground cave network dates back to prehistoric times and the caverns have been used for many purposes, including as a leper colony and a storage area for cheese.

Shopping in Lyon

Markets, malls, and regular stores create a diverse shopping scene in Lyon, and there are several pedestrianised areas where you can window shop and give your credit cards a workout.

  • Rue de la République – The main shopping street in the heart of Lyon, you’ll find a good mixture of fashion, household goods, souvenirs, music, and anything else that you could want.
  • Rue du Président Edouard Herriot – This is one of the main places to find luxury fashions and designer brands.
  • Rue Auguste Comte – A great place to discover interesting antiques and unusual items.
  • Presqu'île – There are several large department stores in this part of the city and it is a popular shopping destination for locals.
  • Marche de la Croix-Rousse – Operating in the mornings between Tuesday and Sunday, this lively market is a good place to browse and buy local food products.
  • La Part-Dieu – One of the biggest city centre malls in Europe, this four-level shopping venue houses a wide assortment of fashion items for men, women, and children from many well-known global brands.

Food and Drink

  • Lyon salad – This leafy green salad also contains croutons, bacon bits, and a poached egg; it’s a popular dish during the warmer summer months.
  • Coq au vin – This well-known French dish consists of chicken cooked with red wine, mushroom, pork fat, and various vegetables to create a tasty braised stew.
  • Quenelle de brochet – Pike fish and a crayfish sauce are bound together with flour and egg to form dumplings, which are then typically served with a creamy sauce.
  • Andouillette – This local sausage is made using tripe and it is commonly served with a hot mustard sauce.
  • Tablier de sapeur – One of Lyon’s most daring dishes to try, made from fried breadcrumb-covered tripe.
  • Coussin de Lyon – A tempting treat, this sweet is made from green marzipan filled with chocolate ganache and curaçao.
  • Wine – There are many vineyards and wineries close to Lyon, so it’s probably unsurprising that the city has many fine whites, reds, and rosés to sample.

Transport in Lyon

Although Lyon is a large and spread-out city, the centre is fairly compact and easy to explore on foot. The public transportation in Lyon is considered to be among the best in France, and visitors should have no problems making their way between different areas.

  • By foot – The downtown core is very walkable and many major attractions and sights are within close reach of each other. There are several pedestrianised areas too. Walking tours are a popular way of seeing many of the city’s highlights.
  • By bicycle – Lyon is becoming more and more cycle friendly, with a number of safe bike paths and a city-wide bike rental scheme. You can rent a bike and return it to another station and payment by credit card is fast and easy.
  • Metro – Lyon’s extensive metro system connects most parts of the city centre and the eastern suburbs. There are four lines and services are frequent. The metro is a comfortable, efficient, and clean way to move around the city.
  • Funiculars – There are two funiculars in Lyon, carrying passengers up the hill to Fourvière and Saint-Just.
  • Trams – Lyon’s tram lines connect the suburbs and the university campuses. Services are regular and typically run from 5 am to midnight.
  • Buses and trolley buses – There are many bus routes around the city along with several historic trolley bus lines. Bus services usually run from early in the morning until 9 pm, though there are some limited night services in some areas.
  • Taxis – Taxis are widely available in Lyon, though they are naturally the most expensive way of getting from A to B.

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