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The city of Lyon is the third largest in France. It is known for its historical heart, interesting culture, and flourishing culinary scene.
Broken down into several different areas, aim to visit a selection of the neighbourhoods for a great feel for Lyon. Across the city you will find quaint churches, charming squares, great architecture, many museums, pretty parks, and much more.
Take a stroll around Forviere Hill – it is home to a staggering number of churches and other religious places. Forviere Basilica is beautiful and offers excellent views. It combines various architectural styles and is built from gleaming white marble. The metal tower, Roman ruins from the old city of Lugdunum, and St Irene's Church are other highlights. You can hike up the hill or ride up in a funicular.
Croix Rouse has a lot of industrial architecture, mainly linked to the silk industry. It is also home to the grand Baroque church of St Bruno. Guillotiere offers a pretty outlook.
Vieux Lyon is the old part of the city. Along its narrow streets you will find some great medieval buildings. The Traboules are unsual corridors that connect two streets via a building. Some highlights include St Jean Cathedral, St Jean Archaeological Garden, with remains that date back to the 4th century, Maison Thomassin, the Palais de Justice, St Paul Church, Place du Change, and the astronomical clock. There are several delightful Renaissance courtyards.
Presqu'ile is the where you will find the pulse of the city. It offers a plethora of places to eat, drink, and shop. It is a prime spot for clubbing, and also has some nice things to see.
The main airport for Lyon is Saint Exupery International Airport. The city is well connected by rail and has three main railway stations. Buses travel to other parts of the country as well as other European destinations. Within Lyon there is a very good public transport system, often regarded as being one of the best in France. The main city areas are also easy to walk around.
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