Interaction 19
4-10 February 2019
Seattle, WA
United States

Lyon city guide


Not just a pretty face, Lyon is bursting with museums, galleries and other cultural highlight to satiate the most inquisitive of minds.


Opera house

Culture Architecture

One of the world's first freestanding opera houses, the original Opera de Lyon opened its doors in 1756. It was replaced as Lyon's cultural heart by the Lyon theatre in 1831 and it was not until 1985 that it was reimagined as the building we known today. Worth a visit for the stunning contemporary redesign as much as its performances, the Opera is once again on the top of Lyon's must see list.

1 place de la comédie 69001 Lyon




Culture Architecture Views & Landscapes

Seen by many as the centrepiece of the city, the magnificent basillica Notre Dame de Fourviere watches over the city from the hill named in its honour. You can admire the stunning Byzantine and Romanesque inspired designs of the church itself before marvelling over some of the best views of Lyon.

8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon



Rhone walks / Saone walks

Culture Architecture Views & Landscapes

Lyon is defined by its rivers, both of which afford some magnificent walking trails. From a tour through the burgeoning district of Confluence to a modern trail past the recently reinvigorated banks of the Rhône, spending some time with the twin waterways of Lyon is always time well spent

Berges du Rhône


The Ile Barbe

Culture Views & Landscapes

A charming escape from Lyon's metropolitan pace, the tiny Ile Barbe is a throwback to simpler times and the perfect place for theraputic wandering.

69009 Lyon


Confluence Museum

Culture Architecture

At the centre of Interaction Week 18 is the stunning Musée des Confluence. Built in 2014 and modelled after the city of Lyon itself, the building holds 4 permanent and 5 temporary exhibitions. A must see.

86 Quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon



Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs


With a history dating back to the 19th century, the Musée des Tissus and Musée des Art Décoratifs showcase Lyon's storied history of silk making. Hosting many exhibtions as well as events and sympsiums, this delightful museum comes highly recommended.

34 Rue de la Charité, 69002 Lyon



Gallo-Roman Museum

Culture Views & Landscapes

Lyon's began as the Roman trade hub Lugdunum, and a surprising amount of that ancient city remains. On top of Fourviere Hill lies an almost fully intact Roman ampitheatre and the contemporary Musée Roman, housing the best finds from the archeaological excavations.

17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon



Musée des Beaux Arts


With some of the finest examples of classical art in France, the Musée des Beaux Arts is an easy recommendation to visitors to Lyon.

20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon



Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral

Culture Architecture

Another in Lyon's long list of venerable churches is Cathédrale St Jean. Located in the quartier of the same name, this giant place of worship outdates the more recognisable Fourviere by almost 700 years. It also houses a work of art unique in the city: a fully functional astronomical clock created in 1598.

Place Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon



Tête d'Or Park

Culture Architecture

Lyon's largest park, La Tête D'or is home to three complementary rose gardens, the city botanic gardens and Lyon Zoo. Whether you're wiling away the afternoon wandering through the greenery or admiring the lemurs at play, this is the perfect spot to unwind.

Main entrance : Porte des Enfants du Rhône, Rue de Créqui, 69006 Lyon


Halles Paul Bocuse

Coffee places Drinks / Party Food / Restaurants French typical product Culture Architecture Views & Landscapes

A must see, with a history dating back to the 19th Century, this world famous market has been called "the belly of Lyon." Sample haute cuisine from over five dozen of Lyon's finest eateries.

102 Cours Lafayette, 69003


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