Modern Art
If you have an artistic spirit or if you just want to see how modern art looks like, Lyon and its Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art is made for you. For more information, please click here .

The Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts)
If you are an art lover and you prefer the classics, this museum has a broad collection of masterpieces from all over the world, including famous paintings (Monet, Picasso, Degas, Gauguin, Rubens, Perugino), sculptures (Chinard, Rodin) or artefacts dating from Ancient Egypt, Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, Iran under Mongol domination (13th century). For more information, please click here .

The Lumière Institute
Are you interested in movie history? do you want to know where it all began? Then you should visit The Lumière Institute housed on the Lumière factories, where the two brothers invented the cinematograph in 1895. For more information please click here .

Movie theaters
For the movie lovers, there are plenty of movie theaters all over the town. For more information on the projections and movie times, please click here .

Sightseeing musts

Even though you don’t have a lot of spare time, you should not leave the city without seeing these places:

Fourviere: It is a magnificent cathedral built between 1872 and 1884 in honour of Virgin Mary as a thank you for saving the town from a cholera pandemy. The basilica is situated on a hill, offering a spectacular view over the whole city.

Croix Rousse: It’s a neighborhood known for its artisans from Village des Créateurs, an alley where you can find plenty of local design boutiques.

St Jean Cathedral: It is a Roman Catholic cathedral near the Saone river. It was built on the ruins of a 6th century church and its construction was completed in 1476.

Vieux Lyon: It is a district situated on the historical site of Lyon and included in UNESCO’s world heritage list. Some of the buildings are from medieval times, but most are from the Renaissance.


Did you know that Lyon is considered food capital of the world? The streets of the old city centre (known as Vieux Lyon) are filled with traditional French restaurants (called bouchons) and various restaurants serving food specialities from around the world.

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Take a walk out in the fresh air!

The Parc de la Tete d'Or has over 117 ha and it is the largest park in France that can be found in a city. Whether you want to go for a jog, enjoy a refreshment, visit the zoo or just take a walk this wonderful park is the perfect place to enjoy nature and take a break from the city. Map

Also nearby is Feyssine, a natural park situated between the college campus of La Doua and the river Rhone. Map

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