Visit Lyon with its arrondissements, picturesque neighborhoods, and historic center. Wander down the streets and observe the city’s changing moods!
Drop your bags off in your room and make your way “down” to the 32nd floor of the tower to enjoy a cocktail, as you take in the amazing view encompassing all of Lyon from the stunning Radisson Blu Hotel.
Old town of Lyon
Take a stroll through the Vieux-Lyon, a very touristy medieval and Renaissance district. You’ll get to see important historic monuments like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Lyon Cathedral.
Rue de la République lies in the Presqu’Île shopping district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a preponderance of restaurants, boutiques, banks and theaters. Sightseeing includes the hôtel de ville and opera house, redesigned by French architect Jean Nouvel. Stop by and visit the Museum of Textiles. With a collection spanning over two million pieces, this museum is a world leader in textile conservation, study, and knowledge. You’ll also enjoy the Le Génie de la Fabrique exhibition and its large number of fabrics and original pieces.
Situated nearby, the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication is sure to hold your attention. The museum displays all sorts of famous printing works, running the gamut from 1960s era record sleeves to advertising for The Laughing Cow products. Be sure not to miss the temporary exhibition on comic strips and the history of this unique artform. The exhibition runs until September 20th.
Tired yet? Stop by the Terrasses Saint-Pierre. They can be accessed from the gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts. Here you can treat yourself to some delicious dill-marinated salmon or try pollock cooked in coconut milk. A well-deserved respite before heading out for more shopping as you make your way back toward the Tour Part-Dieu!