Lyon is located in France’s Rhône-Alpes region, at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.
Its city center reflects 2,000 years of history: a Roman amphitheater in Fourvière; medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux Lyon district and on the Presqu’île (Peninsula); and the modern district Confluence and Part Dieu. While strolling in the Vieux-Lyon and La Croix-Rousse hill, don’t miss the unique ‘Traboules’, covered passageways between buildings.
La Croix-Rousse hill is famous thanks to former silk workers called the “Canuts”.
And much more to do and see !
Quick facts about Lyon:
- Rhône-Alpes Region
- 9 arrondissements (districts)
- 4 metro lines
- Around 500 000 inhabitants (Inner Lyon)
- World capital of the French Gastronomy
- Cinema’s birthplace (Lumière Brothers)
- World capital of the silk
- 2nd largest Renaissance city after Venice
- Active French Resistance during the WWII
- Unesco World Heritage site for its historical buildings