Lyon

City

The French Capital of Gastronomy and UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Lyon is a dynamic and attractive city at the doorstep of The Alps and only 2 hours from Paris and 1 hour from Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea.

The city of Lyon is at the crossroads of all the best things France offers. Mountains, Côte d'Azur, Provence, Wonderful landscapes of the Ardèche region or even Paris, In Lyon, nothing is far, all is reachable.

Lyon is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its history and architecture are unique and will fascinate you.

Known as the French (and international) capital of gastronomy, it will also surprise you with its many cultural activities.

Discover the hidden secrets of the old town, stroll along the quays and shopping streets, have a drink in one of the many large squares, admire the breathtaking view of the city from the Basilica of Fourvière or simply stroll through the park of the Golden Head.

Lyon is a unique city located between two of the most important regions when it comes to French cuisine, Provence and Burgundy,

Lyon is a real metropolis with its city centre, neighbourhoods, arrondissements, metro and suburbs.

Why Lyon is the best city to live and study French in France

Lyon is the ancient capital of Roman Gaul, the ancestor of modern France. The city's history is as rich as it is ancient and will captivate lovers of French and Antic history; of course, cooking and gastronomy are essential to Lyon.

Lyon is a city where architecture has developed surprisingly.

A stroll by the Saônne river banks will make you discover buildings with multiple colours, making this urban scenery an enchantment suspended in time.

The impressive Place Bellecour, in the heart of Lyon's central peninsula, has nothing to envy Paris's great squares, the splendid Fourvière hill with its beautiful neo-gothic basilica overlooks the entire city and offers a breath-taking panorama over the whole valley between the two rivers. A must-see!

Lyon is a real metropolis, cosmopolitan, cultural and historic, with vibrant student life.

Most popular sights, tourist attractions and things to do and see in Lyon

  • Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere.
  • Canuts wall.
  • Fourviere Hill.
  • Hill of Croix-Rousse.
  • La Part-Dieu.
  • Les Halles de Lyon Paul.
  • Museum of Cinema and Miniature.
  • Museum of Confluences.
  • Museum of Fabrics & Decorative Arts.
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.
  • Museum of the Printing Press.
  • Old Lyon.
  • Park de la Tete d'Or.
  • Place Bellecour.
  • Place des Terreaux.
  • Primatial Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
  • Roman Amphitheater.
  • Saint-Martin d'Ainay Abbey.
  • Streets Saint-Jean & Saint-Georges.
  • The Berges.
  • The Wall of the Canuts.
  • Traboules of Old Lyon.

Most important events and festivals in Lyon

  • Chinese New Year.
  • Festival of Lights.
  • Genesis.
  • Jazz a Vienne festival.
  • Lumiere festival.
  • Lyon’s Contemporary Art.
  • Nuits de Fourviere.
  • Nuits Sonores festival.
  • Quais du Polar festival.
  • Sport, Littérature and Cinema Festival.
  • Street Food Festival.
  • Tennis Open.
  • Woodstower festival.

Location

CityLyon
CountryFrance
Population (hab)516,092
Latitude45.764950
Longitude4.834331
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)173

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France Langue Lyon IH Lyon

France Langue Lyon IH Lyon

French language school small with personalized teaching and with a family atmosphere in Lyon

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Lyon Bleu International

Lyon Bleu International

Highly accredited french school with many years of experience in the heart of Lyon

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