A cosmopolitan and university city, a city of art and culture, a city of history, creation, the capital of French gastronomy and of contemporary dance, Lyon is a fascinating city…For those who will have committed the crime of lèse-majesté to prefer it to Paris, the capital of Gaul will manage to have an unforgettable welcome in store! In Paris, a prince remains a country gentleman, in Lyon, he is king!
Since its foundation in 43 B.C., the former capital of Gaul benefits from an exceptional location between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, on the Saône-Rhône axis, at the end of the Alps. Today, Lyon is only less than two hours from Paris, Marseille and Geneva with the TGV. The third largest city in France by number of inhabitants, Lyon is the first in many respects and has everything to seduce you. A high quality cultural offering, a first-choice restaurant going from the small bouchons to the prestigious addresses of Paul Bocuse and the presence of 100 000 students to turn evenings into memorable parties to which Lyon invites you. From Bellecour to the Place des Terreaux, from St. Jean to St. Paul, from the Parc de la Tête d’Or to the slopes of the Croix-Rousse…its quays and its old districts of pastel colours, like small villages, are so many invitations to go shopping, to go for walks and to make discoveries. Stroll through the city of the silks embroidered with gold and silver, draped in light, Lyon dazzles. Discover for yourself its beauty and allow yourself to be swept away by its energy and art de vivre. Bienvenue à Lyon!