Lyon, the largest city in France, sits at the junction of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Its heart reflects 2,500 years of city history in the form of medieval and renaissance architecture in Voix de la Grange, ancient and modern city of Lyon, and the charming ‘Ciutadebout’ or recreational boulevards. Tourist destinations such as the famous Latin Quarter, Champs Elysees, and historic Place d’Azur are well serviced by public transport. The best things to do in Lyon are listed below.
The best way to enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Lyon is to hop on a metro ticket. The metro is one of the most convenient ways of traveling in Lyon. You can find many luxury hotels in the city centre, and the major shopping malls like La Croix-Rousse, Promenade-enne-Palais, and Marais are within walking distance. The metro ticket can be purchased online in advance and can also be purchased at any of the numerous ATM machines in Lyon. Nightlife in Lyon is characterized by trendy pubs, clubs and restaurants that serve international and local beverages such as cognac, sauvignon blanc, and champagnes.
A day trip from Lyon would be a fantastic way to explore Lyon’s ancient architectural heritage. To reach the City Centre, a comprehensive walkway system known as the ‘canva’ links the several districts of Lyon with each other. The main walkways, which intersect the ‘Canal du Var Meuse’ and ‘Canal Autiste’, both located near the l’Hexagon’, have cafeterias and information stands where you can obtain maps and obtain information about local attractions.
For an up-to-the minute look at the city’s past, a visit to its puppet museum, which is Lyon’s oldest. The puppets found in the museum date back to the 7th century. One particular highlight for children is the Petrie Museum, which displays wax sculptures depicting famous historical figures. The puppets also come in a variety of colors and features, including those from famous plays and films. The puppets are on display until the end of February.
The Lyon region has several popular festivals that attract a large number of visitors every year. One of these is the Lyon International Fantastic Art Fair. It takes place in the center of Lyon and showcases over forty different artistic talents from all over the world. This annual event takes place in early December and showcases everything from contemporary art, to cultural arts, theater and dance. Other attractions include the Lyon International Festival of Literature, the Lyon International Children’s Theatre Festival and the Lyon International Animation Film Festival.
There are some things not to miss when visiting Lyon. Visitors must definitely stop by at the beautiful Basilica de la Conception, which is the oldest building in Lyon. Built in Roman times, the basilica has two main floors, a stage for special performances and also an underground vault. For those who like to get a closer look at Lyon’s historic buildings, a visit to the Musee des Beaux-arts is a must. Situated next to the main square in Lyon, the museum houses some of the finest examples of French architecture ever created. Other must-see sights include the St. Nicholas Church, Saint Nicholas Church and the Carre de Montgolfier.