Here are ten experiences to be had in Lyon, for an amazing, memory-filled stay.

You can enjoy all Lyon has to offer while respecting the places and people around you.

Last updated date : 06/03/2023

01 - Hop into the cable car and admire the city from the panoramic viewpoint on Fourvière hill

Lyon has many green transport options to choose from and all public transports means can be accessed for free with the Lyon City Card.

Traboule du Vieux-Lyon © Tristan Deschamps

02 - Wander through the traboules in the Vieux-Lyon and Croix-Rousse areas

An essential part of the city’s cultural heritage, the hidden passageways known as ‘traboules’ can be found, among other places, in Vieux-Lyon (Lyon’s old town), which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. The traboules are in residential areas, so please read the Charter of Good Practices, which has been established to help local residents and visitors enjoy the city together.

Find out more about Lyon's traboules and courtyards.

Les Berges du Rhône face au Grand Hôtel-Dieu © Tristan Deschamps / ONLY LYON Tourisme et Congrès

03 - Cycle along the banks of Rhône

The banks of the Rhône and Saône have been redeveloped to create dozens of kilometres of walks for locals and tourists. A specially designed path has been provided for wheelchair users.

Quenelle de Brochet - Daniel et Denise © Julien Bouvier

04 - Enjoy a quenelle (a creamed fish fish-flavoured soufflé) in one of Lyon's "bouchon" restaurants

The 'Véritable Bouchon Lyonnais' label guarantees the quality of produce and dishes served, as well as the authenticity of the ambiance and welcome offered, in certified establishments.

Charcuterie Sibilia aux Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse © Ghislain Mirat

05 - Enjoy a Sunday morning aperitif at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

A temple dedicated to gastronomy, les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market where you will find a mouth-watering range of local specialities. A magnet for food lovers, it pays tribute to a region renowned for its diversity of local produce, known as the “pantry of Europe”.

Le Cube Orange à la Confluence © Jacob+MacFarlane

06 - Be amazed by the orange cube in the Confluence district

Lyon’s recently created “eco-district” is a showcase for contemporary architecture. It is also a laboratory for many innovations, such as the iGirouette connected signage.

07 - Treat yourself to a silk square in the city of the Canuts

Silk, has shaped Lyon’s history and traditional silk-weaving techniques are preserved and passed down to future artisans by several workshops. Today, silk manufacturers are innovating with designer creations and R&D for technical textiles.

Une toute petite histoire de lumière par Spectaculaires, les Allumeurs d'Images  - Fête des Lumières 2019, Place des Terreaux © Brice Robert

08 - Take part in the Fête des Lumières 

Lyon’s Festival of Lights cares about the environment. Thanks to the use of LEDs and public lighting management, electricity consumption for the 4 four-day festival does not exceed the annual consumption of a 120 m² apartment.

09. Discover the world of cinema

Lyon is the cradle of cinema and birthplace of the Lumière brothers, Lyon accueille chaque année le festival du même nom, un événement ouvert à tous, destiné à ouvrir la culture cinématographique, ancienne ou récente, au plus grand nombre.

Mur peint des Canuts © Michel Djaoui

10. Find Lyon’s wall paintings

Lyon has developed its own unique brand of  wall painting and there is even a school dedicated to the art near the city. Discover these huge works of art. You can also take a guided tour (in French) to learn all about wall paintings and street art in general!

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