Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #11 in Lyon, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 19 sights
Distance 10.9 km
Ascend 474 m
Descend 410 m

Experience Lyon in France in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Lyon

Sight 1: Zoo de la Tête d'Or

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Zoo de la Tête d'Or

Lyon Zoo is a zoo in France located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes inside parc de la Tête d'Or in the town of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Lyon Zoo (EN)

555 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 2: Parc de la Tête d'Or

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The Parc de la Tête-d'Or is a public urban park located in Lyon, one of the largest in France. The work of the brothers Denis and Eugène Bühler, the park was opened in 1857 while the work was not completed. It is exactly contemporary with New York's Central Park, created in the same year. The park was enriched with many buildings such as the large greenhouses in 1865, the velodrome, the guards' chalet and the park chalet in 1894, the fence in 1896, the collection greenhouses in 1899, the war memorial on Île aux Cygnes between 1914 and 1930 and the new rose garden between 1961 and 1964.

Wikipedia: Parc de la Tête d'or (FR)

1130 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 3: Monument aux morts de l'île du Souvenir

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Monument aux morts de l'île du Souvenir

The war memorial on Île du Souvenir is a war memorial dedicated to the victims of World War I, located on Île du Souvenir in the Parc de la Tête-d'Or in Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: War memorial on Île du Souvenir (EN)

729 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 4: Centauresse et Faune

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The Centauress and the Faun or Centauresse and Faun is a sculpture by Augustin Courtet installed in the garden of the Palais Saint-Pierre in 1849 before being transferred to the Parc de la Tête d'Or near the Porte des Enfants du Rhône. The statue was cast by the Parisian founder Édouard Quesnel.

Wikipedia: Centauresse et Faune (FR)

177 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Aux enfants du Rhône défenseurs de la Patrie

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To the Children of the Rhône, Defenders of the Fatherland, commonly known as the Monument of the Children of the Rhône, is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers of Lyon who died during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It is located on Place du Général-Leclerc at the entrance to the Parc de la Tête d'Or, called "Porte des Enfants du Rhône" in Lyon, France. The sculpture was made by the sculptor Étienne Pagny and was inaugurated on October 30, 1887.

Wikipedia: Monument des enfants du Rhône (FR)

577 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 6: Église Saint-Eucher

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Église Saint-Eucher

The Church of Saint-Eucher is a church dedicated to Eucher de Lyon located on rue des Actionnaires in the 4th arrondissement of Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Eucher de Lyon (FR)

819 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 7: Maison des Canuts

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The House of the Canuts is a museum located in Lyon, France. Emblematic of the Croix-Rousse district, it presents collections relating to the canuts, the silk workers of this district of Lyon, in particular functional looms, as well as elements related to the history of silk and its industry.

Wikipedia: Maison des Canuts (FR), Website

136 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Galerie Vrais Rêves

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Galerie Vrais Rêves

Galerie Vrais Rêves is an art gallery located on rue Dumenge in Lyon, France, specializing in contemporary photography.

Wikipedia: Galerie Vrais Rêves (FR)

353 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: Le Gros Caillou

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The Gros Caillou is one of the symbols of the Croix-Rousse district in Lyon, France. Erected as a stele, this massive very hard grey-white rock of 24 t, is a quartzite whose mineralogical composition shows that it was transported from the Alps to Lyon by glaciers: this is what is called an erratic block.

Wikipedia: Le Gros Caillou (FR)

321 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 10: Galeries souterraines de la balme Saint-Clair

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The Fishbones, also underground galleries of the Balme Saint-Clair or sometimes the Fantasques network, is the name given to a network of ancient galleries located under the Croix-Rousse plateau in Lyon. This archaeological site consists of galleries arranged in steps and all inclined towards the Rhône.

Wikipedia: Arêtes de poisson (FR)

360 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: Cour des Voraces

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Cour des Voraces Blaise LAUSTRIAT (je suis l'auteur) / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Cour des Voraces, also called Maison de la République, is a courtyard building in the Pentes quarter, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, famous for its enormous six-floor stairway. It is an impressive traboule, a covered passage with entrances on Place Colbert, Montée Saint-Sébastien and Rue Imbert-Colomès.

Wikipedia: Cour des Voraces (EN)

306 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: Église Saint-Polycarpe

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The Église Saint-Polycarpe is a Roman Catholic church located in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, on the slopes of La Croix-Rousse, between rue René Leynaud, rue Burdeau and passages Mermet and Thiaffait. It is the oldest church of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Polycarpe (EN)

360 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 13: Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules

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The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls of Lugdunum (Lyon) was part of the Sanctuary of the Three Gauls dedicated to the cult of Rome and Augustus celebrated by the 60 Gallic tribes when they gathered at Lugdunum. In 1961, it was classified as a monument historique.

Wikipedia: Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls (EN)

286 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Église du Bon-Pasteur

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The Église du Bon-Pasteur is a Roman Catholic church located at rue Neyret on the slopes of La Croix-Rousse, near the montée de la Grande Côte, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon. Cardinal Barbarin described the church as "highly symbolic for Lyon Christians".

Wikipedia: Église du Bon-Pasteur (EN)

847 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 15: La Fanny

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979 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 16: DRAC Rhône-Alpes

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The granary of abundance is a former granary of the city of Lyon, in the French department of Rhône, Rhône-Alpes region.

Wikipedia: Grenier d'abondance (FR), Website

567 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 17: Fort Saint-Jean

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The Fort Saint-Jean is located in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon and part of the first fort belt of Lyon, which includes Fort de Loyasse, and the now-demolished Fort Duchère and Fort de Caluire.

Wikipedia: Fort Saint-Jean (Lyon) (EN)

568 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 18: Jardin des Chartreux

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The Jardin des Chartreux is a park in Lyon of about one hectare, located in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse, on the Saône side and almost vertically above the river. The garden runs along the Cours Général-Giraud between the rue de la Muette and the Place Rouville. It is crossed by the Passage Gonin, a pedestrian path, which connects the Cours Général-Giraud to the Quai Saint-Vincent, along the Saône.

Wikipedia: Jardin des Chartreux (FR)

1807 meters / 22 minutes

Sight 19: Historic Site of Lyon

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Vieux Lyon is the largest Renaissance district of Lyon. In 1964, Vieux-Lyon, the city's oldest district, became the first site in France to be protected under the Malraux law to protect France's cultural sites. Covering an area of 424 hectares between the Fourvière hill and the river Saône, it is one of Europe's most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods. There are three distinct sections: Saint Jean, Saint Paul and Saint Georges. In 1998, Vieux Lyon was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other districts in Lyon because of its historical importance and architecture.

Wikipedia: Vieux Lyon (EN), Heritage Website


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