City of Lyon
Lyon is the third-largest city of France, the capital of the French administrative region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Lyon is mostly known as the gastronomic epicentre of France, with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the country. It is where *Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph.
Basic tourist information
It is located about 470 km (292 mi) southeast of Paris, 320 km (199 mi) north of Marseille.
Districts Fourvière (map), Vieux Lyon (map), Croix-Rousse (map) and a large part of Presqu’île (map) are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Romans, with many preserved historical areas, Lyon is the archetype of the heritage city, as recognised by UNESCO.
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All periods of Lyon’s 2,000-year history have left visible traces in the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, from Roman ruins to Renaissance palaces to contemporary skyscrapers. It never went through a major disaster (earthquake, fire, extensive bombing) or a complete redesign by urban planners. Very few cities in the world boast such diversity in their urban structure and architecture.
After Venice, the Old Lyon (wiki, map), a narrow strip along the right bank of the Saône, is the largest Renaissance area in Europe (well, it’s actually far behind Venice). Its current organization, with narrow streets mainly parallel to the river, dates back to the Middle Ages. The buildings were erected between the 15th and the 17th centuries.
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Transport around Lyon
TCL | Journey planner – Lyon’s public transportation system is regarded as one of the most efficient in the country.
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Lyon has a public bicycle service called Vélo’v which allows travellers, after registering a credit card, to pick up, and drop cycles to and from over 300 points around the city. A map of cycling routes is available online.
Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.