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What to look for when visiting LYON?

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Sightseeing: Lyon's must-see tourist attractions

Lyon, France’s second largest city, is famous for its rich architectural and cultural heritage. If you’re in Lyon for the Rugby World Cup, don’t forget to spend some time exploring the city. Here’s a list of not-to-be-missed sights in Lyon.

Vieux Lyon

Located on the banks of the Saône, Vieux Lyon is one of the city’s oldest districts. It’s renowned for its cobbled streets, secret passageways known as « traboules », and historic buildings. It boasts three major churches: Saint-Jean Cathedral, Saint-Paul Church and Saint-Georges Church. Don’t miss the bouchons lyonnais, traditional restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine.


Located between the Rhône and Saône rivers, the Presqu’île is the heart of Lyon. Here you’ll find a wealth of stores, restaurants and historic monuments such as the Opéra de Lyon and the Hôtel de Ville. Don’t miss Place Bellecour, one of France’s largest squares, with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV.

Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica

Perched on the Fourvière hill, this 19th-century basilica offers a panoramic view of Lyon. You can reach it by taking the Fourvière funicular from Vieux Lyon. Be sure to visit the nearby Musée de Fourvière to learn more about Lyon’s history.

Musée des Confluences (Museum of Confluences)

Located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this museum of natural history and societies is famous for its modern architecture. It features exhibitions on the natural sciences, anthropology, ancient civilizations and the history of Lyon.

Parc de la Tête d'Or (Golden Head Park)

It’s one of France’s largest urban parks, offering a zoo, a lake, a botanical garden and numerous green spaces. It’s the ideal place for a stroll or a picnic.

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

If you’re a gourmet, this covered market is a must. You’ll find a variety of local produce, cheeses, charcuterie, fish, pastries and wines. A number of stalls also offer dishes to sample on the spot.


Lyon is a city with a lot to offer tourists. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, gastronomy or nature, you’ll find something to suit your taste. Be sure to take the time to explore the city between Rugby World Cup matches.

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