Best things to do in Lyon and sightseeing in Lyon
Bellecour - Lyon
Restaurant Le Crayon - Lyon
Or just “Le crayon” (the Pencil) how the locals call it. Situated right next to Part Dieu railway station this 32-stored skyscraper was built in late 70s and is the 9th tallest building in France. The first 10 floors are occupied by Radisson hotel and the rest are office buildings. The last store has a bad and a panoramic view resto. Though, the prices are pretty high, still having a glass of fine wine and terrific view is totally worth it!
Basilica of Fourvière - Lyon
You can opt for a short funicular ride that costs around 2 euro (and totally not worth it) or opt for budgeting stairs. You won’t be able to miss marvelous Basilique de Fourviere built 19th century and dedicated to Virgin Mary, who saved the city from a cholera epidemic back in 1823. The famous Festival of Lights is held annually on December, the 8th with billions of lights set all around the city in her honor. The decor inside is breathtaking with walls covered with vivid mosaics and stained glass windows. Don’t miss the crypt on the ground floor which is less ornamented, yet amazingly beautiful too. Check out the viewpoint right behind Basilique de Fourviere to get the best view on Veux Lyon orange tile rooftops and sparkling Saone River that flows around the Old City.
Vieux Lyon - Lyon
Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules - Lyon
The history of the city goes back almost two thousand years to the times of ancient Romans who settled here around 1st century B.C. The amphitheater is the oldest one in France and is extremely well preserved. Grab your sandwich and a blanket to crash with the locals for a picnic enjoying amazing view of the city right in front of you.
Traboules Trail - Lyon
Scattered around the old town these secret passageways connect one building to another with long arch passes and spiral staircases. Were commonly used by the locals in the medieval times to get navigate through the city without actually going out. Most of them are privately owned, so unless you take a tour it can be pretty tricky to sneak into someone’s house. Most of them are situated in Vieux-Lyon and one of the most famous Traboule of the Voracious Court located in the Croix Rousse district.