* The traboules of Lyon
Crossings reserved for pedestrians, they pass under houses and buildings to be able to cross from one street to another. They have a unique and surprising architecture.
You can find them in the Vieux Lyon district and in the Croix Rousse district. The most famous are the Cour des Voraces and the Tour Rose in Old Lyon, only 15 minutes walk from our hotel Lyon 2.
* The « Fourvière »
From Old Lyon, or the Saint-Jean district, large staircases (or from the funicular nicknamed "Ficelle") lead you to the top of the Fourvière hill.
There you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the whole city of Lyon. As a bonus, the Alps and the Mont-Blanc in the background...
At the top of the hill is the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière.
A little further on, you can also visit the ruins of the Ancient Theatre of ancient Lugdunum, and visit the Gallo-Roman Museum.
* The « Croix Rousse »
2 kilometres north of our hotel Lyon Presqu'île, La Croix Rousse is easily accessible by metro or by a 30-minute walk. The district, located on the heights of the city, is the former district of the canuts, workers specialized in silk work.
Not to be missed during your visit of the Croix Rousse :
➢ La Maison des Canuts, former workshop of a silk weaver ;
➢ The Fresco of the Canuts, trompe l'oeil of 1200 square meters;
➢ The Big Pebble, which offers a breathtaking view of the whole city;
➢ La Montée de la Grand'côte for superb panoramas.
* The Golden Head Park
If you like greenery, go to the Tête d'Or park.
Located in the sixth arrondissement of Lyon, it is the largest park in the city. There you can visit the free zoo, the rose garden, the botanical garden, or enjoy a train ride or pedal boat on the lake.
From our hotel Lyon centre, it will take you about 20 minutes on foot, or a few minutes by metro (stop Foch Line A), to reach it.
* The Confluence district
It is the contemporary district of Lyon, located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.
A former industrial district that has been rehabilitated into an eco-district with multiple shops, offices and homes. You will find there the futuristic Musée de l'Homme des Confluences.
* The Halles of Lyon Paul Bocuse
A true landmark of gastronomy in Lyon, the Halles of Paul Bocuse brings together some sixty shopkeepers. It's the ideal place to treat yourself to good cold meats, dumplings or praline tarts...
They are located in the third arrondissement of Lyon, next to the Part-Dieu train station.
To get there, it's quick and easy (15 minutes walk):
Cross the Lafayette bridge, and continue straight on the Lafayette course.
* The Part-Dieu district
A business district, this area is mainly known to tourists for being home to a large shopping centre: the Grand Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon.
Formerly a hospital renowned for its innovative medical practices, it is today both a shopping centre and a mecca for French gastronomy.