The culture capital of the east.
With museums, architecture, nightlife and great food – Lyon is a great choice for a short break. There’s a host of excellent museums and art galleries to check out. Like the Musee des Beaux-Arts – home to one of the finest collections of art in Europe. Plus some fine buildings, including the grandiose Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière. But if it’s food and nightlife you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed; Lyon boasts more restaurants per square yard than anywhere else in Europe.
Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière:
This highly elaborate white marble church dates back to the ninteen-hundreds and houses a Museum of Sacred Art. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the town centre.
This medieval cathedral was under construction for 300 years before its completion in 1480. It houses an extraordinary astronomical clock which chimes every hour between midday and 4pm.
Information office: +33 (04) 78 42 28 25 (all major languages)
Musée des Beaux-Arts:
Lyon’s museum of fine art boasts one of the best collections of classic works in Europe. Pay a visit to see masterpieces by artists including Poussin, Matisse, Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Information office: +33 (04) 72 10 17 40 (all major languages)
Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine:
Head along to this fascinating museum for the story of Lyon before it became the capital of Roman Gaul in 43BC.
Information office: +33 (04) 72 38 49 30 (all major languages)
Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation:
Housed in the former offices of the Gestapo, this moving museum tells the story of the French Resistance movement in WWII. Also honoured are the French citizens deported to Nazi concentration camps, many of whom never returned.
Information office: +33 (04) 72 73 99 06 (all major languages)