Things to do in Lyon

Lyon – City of silk, food, cinema, football and Festival of lights

The beautiful city of Lyon is located in the east central part of France. It is famous for producing and weaving silk as well as being the birthplace of cinema. Legend says that the Virgin Mary preserved the town from the Bubonic Plague.


Things to do in Lyon

The interesting, and somewhat mysterious city has a lot to offer its curious visitors and you can be sure to find a lot of things to do in Lyon to fit all kind of interests and all kind of budgets.


Sport Events in Lyon

Football enthusiasts should come see the local professional team, the Olympique Lyonnais, OL, which has helped Lyon gain international attention in football championships in Europe.


Lyon Nightlife

If you love nightlife, there is plenty to do such as local bars and pubs such as Café du Soleil, Le Moana, New Albion L’Alibi and New Hollywood to name a few.


Lyon National Opera

In Lyon you’ll find the National Opera, which has both classic and new shows and cultural events.


Lyon Zoo & Fun Thing for Kids

Children will love the puppet shows at the Théatre La Maison de Guignol and will like the Lyon Zoo. The zoo has many different birds and animals and houses a botanical garden. It is in the Parc de la Tete d’Or, a magnificent park, which you can get to by a tram from the train station.


Shopping in Lyon

If you like shopping, don’t miss the boutiques on the Rue du President Herriot, or the Bernachon chocolate factory. On Sundays go to the flea market on the Les Puces du Canal or for bigger stores, go to the Part Dieu Shopping Center with more than 230 stores.


Lyon – the Gastronomical Capital of the World

Lyon is known as the gastronomical capital of the world. Don’t miss the food and wines like Beaujolais red wine, and local dishes like Rosette lyonnaise (sausage dish), andouillette (tripe dish); and salade lyonnaise (lettuce, bacon, poached egg and croutons).


When to go to Lyon

Lyon has a humid, subtropical climate. This means mild, cold winters and warm summers with temperatures averaging 3.2 °C (38.8 °F) in January and 25 °C (76.6 °F) in July.


Festival of Lights

Holiday goers who plan their vacation so that they can take part of the Festival of Lights will be amply impressed with the famous festival.


Things to do in Lyon

Lyon Facts

Population484 344
AirportSaint Exupery, France (LYS)

Lyon average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lyon - Historic Site of Lyons

From the Romans until today, Lyons has witnessed over two millennia of continuous urban settlement with a role of commercial and strategic significance. Consequently, the city also pictures the evolution of architecture and town planning over many periods of history, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 1998. On Fourvière, one of the two hills dominating the site of Lyons, lie the remains of the Roman settlement that first occupied the present city. The theatre remains are very impressive and well-preserved ones that you can visit on a hike or by taking the funicular. Lyon has, in addition, buildings from all the succeeding centuries: the Manécanterie, a choir school from the 11th century, the Thomassin House form the 13th century or the Hôtel-Dieu from the 17th-18th century to mention some.

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Lyon Opera House

Opéra Nouvel

The Opera House in Lyon has a history dating back to 1756 when it was first created as an extension of an existing building in Lyon. The biggest problem was the size of the opera house, which led to a new building being created about 70 years later. The new building served the French opera enthusiasts well for more than a century, but in the 1980's, it was decided that a modernization of the opera house was in order. Built on top of the old building, the French architects added a horseshoe-like glass suited roof and several improvements both for the performing artists but also for the audience. The new Opéra Nouvel is the result of when the old and the new can merge into something truly great.

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Lyon Marathon

The Lyon Marathon will take you through the best places to experience in the inner city. You will see the historical landmarks of this old city as well as the newer parts of town on your journey to finish the marathon. The event features not only a main marathon though but also a half-marathon and a 10k, so even if you aren't a serious athlete you can still participate and have fun! The people in Lyon have celebrated this marathon event since 2009 and every year in October they put on a show for visiting runners. Make your way to their website and experience Lyon with your running shoes on!

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Golf in Lyon

There are around 20 courses in close vicinity of Lyon. One of the best is the Golf Du Gouverneur, a 36 hole golf club divided into two 18 hole courses which offers diverse difficulty so that everyone can enjoy golf in the unique landscape. Golf Club de Lyon is another top level golf club with two 18 hole courses, featuring fantastic scenery along the Rhône river. There are many more courses, including the 18 hole course Le Garden Golf de Mionnay and Golf Blue Green Lyon Chassieu, so you can really pick and choose when you're going to Lyon.

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