Easy to use, on iOS or Android, the app Rewind offers six self-guided tours, from 1 to 1½ hours long, to discover Lyon.
Self-guided walking tour: Old Lyon and its traboules
Discover this district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Beginning on the square in front of Saint-Jean Cathedral, follow your guide’s voice on your smartphone: the stories begin automatically at the places where they happened! You will learn about the ins and outs of the hidden passageways knowns as traboules and inner courtyards, which make for the unique charm of Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon).
Self-guided walking tour: Lyon, Croix-Rousse and historical silk industry
From Boulevard des Canuts, explore Croix-Rousse Hill and its magnificent slopes, in the footsteps of the Canuts, Lyon’s former silk workers. You can also admire the beautiful Fresque des Canuts, a giant trompe l'oeil mural, measuring an impressive 1200 m², which depicts the special atmosphere of the Croix-Rousse district so well.
Self-guided walking tour: Lyon World Capital of Gastronomy
Beginning on Rue Royale, the birthplace of the famous restaurant run by Mère Brazier, listen to the story of Lyon’s gastronomic food culture, including the city’s 4000 restaurants, its art of living, its traditions and its mouth-watering delicacies. You will also learn how the famous female chefs known as the ‘Mères Lyonnaises’ influenced the region’s greatest chefs.
Self-guided walking tour: Lyon, WWII & Resistance
With your smartphone in your pocket, follow the guide’s voice and relive the fearful history of the French Resistance from 1940 to 1944. In the district of Les Terreaux, next to the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the arcades of the Opera House, this tour will take you in the footsteps of the great figures of Lyon’s Resistance movement.
Self-guided walking tour: Lyon Painted Walls, United States district
Far from the city’s usual tourist hotspots, this tour reveals the grand housing project that architect Tony Garnier came up with to address working class poverty in the twentieth century. It is a chance to admire this “open-air museum” and its many murals.
Self-guided walking tour: Lyon Fourvière Sacred Hill
Beginning on Place de Fourvière, at the foot of the Basilica, listen to the story of Lugdunum, the Roman city that became Lyon... This charming tour will take you on a journey back through time as you discover the history of incredible sites, which also offer stunning views of the city!
We tried the tours and this is what we liked about them:
- A unique guided audio experience: stories begin and directions are given automatically at the right time and the right place!
- All Rewind tours have been created by professional guides and actors.
- Take the tours when you want and at your own pace: Fancy a break? No problem, you can pick up the tour where you left off, whenever you like.
You must have a fully charged smartphone with the app Rewind installed, as well as headphones or earbuds and an Internet connection, in order to enjoy this tour.
The tours are available in English.