Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #8 in Lyon, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 23 sights
Distance 10.7 km
Ascend 182 m
Descend 250 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: Parc de la Cerisaie

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The parc de la Cerisaie is an urban park in the Croix-Rousse 4th arrondissement of Lyon, France. It is partially situated on a slope, leading from the plateau of the Croix-Rousse down towards the river Saône.

Wikipedia: Parc de la Cerisaie (EN)

23 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 2: Villa Gillet

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Villa Gillet is located in Lyon, in the Parc de la Cerisaie. It is a European and international house of contemporary writing. It gives a voice to writers, thinkers and artists. It is a cultural institution that is interested in all forms of culture: literature, humanities, political and social sciences, history, contemporary arts, etc. It brings together artists, writers, novelists and researchers from all over the world to feed a public reflection on the issues of our time during conferences, debates, round tables, and readings. The City of Lyon, the Metropolis of Lyon, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs, the National Book Centre and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region contribute in part to its operation. From 1989 until 2019 it was managed by Guy Walter, who was also director of Subsistances.

Wikipedia: Villa Gillet (FR)

1053 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 3: Église Saint-Augustin

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Église Saint-Augustin

The Saint-Augustin church, a building assigned to Catholic worship, is located in the 4th arrondissement of Lyon, at the intersection of the Denfert Rochereau and Jacquard streets. It constitutes the most recent parish sanctuary in the arrondissement, with the exception of the Sainte-Élisabeth church.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Augustin (Lyon) (FR)

971 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 4: 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)

353 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: 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)

136 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: 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

407 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 7: Église Saint-Denis-de-la-Croix-Rousse

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Église Saint-Denis-de-la-Croix-Rousse

The Church of Saint-Denis-de-la-Croix-Rousse in Lyon is a church located in the rue Hénon, in the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Denis-de-la-Croix-Rousse de Lyon (FR)

200 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Jardin Rosa Mir

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Jardin Rosa Mir

The Jardin Rosa Mir is a garden located in the center of La Croix-Rousse quarter in the 4th arrondissement of Lyon, and created by Jules Senis. It is housed in a courtyard of the building at No. 83 Grande Rue de la Croix-Rousse. It can be accessed through a path located at No. 87 in the same street.

Wikipedia: Jardin Rosa Mir (EN)

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Théâtre de la Croix Rousse

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Théâtre de la Croix RousseBenoît Prieur / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse is a theater located in the 4th arrondissement of Lyon, on the Place Joannès-Ambre and built from the end of the 1920s. The designer of the place is Michel Roux-Spitz. In 1980, the architect Georges Bacconnier led a restoration of the interiors.

Wikipedia: Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse (FR)

232 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Fresque File le temps... reste les canuts

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The list of painted walls in Lyon is a non-exhaustive list of exterior murals in the Rhône department and the metropolis of Lyon. In everyday language, these "painted walls" are also called trompe-l'oeil or fresco.

Wikipedia: Liste de murs peints lyonnais (FR)

404 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 11: 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)

577 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 12: 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)

177 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: 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)

577 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 14: 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 15: 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)

751 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 16: Truck

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Truck is a sculpture made by Erwin Wurm, based on a work on a Mercedes 307 d truck. It was installed in front of the MAC Lyon at the Cité internationale in 2007. The rear of the truck is curved as if it had "adapted to the situation, with flexibility". In fact, the back joins the verticality of a wall.

Wikipedia: Truck (Wurm) (FR)

20 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 17: Musée d'Art Contemporain

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The Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon is a museum devoted to contemporary art, located in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon, in the Cité Internationale, next to the cinema, in front of the Parc de la Tête d'Or. It had over 42,000 visitors in 2007.

Wikipedia: Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (EN), Website

105 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: World Markets

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World Markets

World Markets is a sculpture by Wang Du depicting a crumpled and metallic sheet of a business newspaper. Created in 2004, it was donated to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon in 2009 by the textile company Tair Kameleone based in Villefranche-sur-Saône. It is installed in front of the MAC Lyon at the Cité internationale, on the Parc de la Tête d'Or side along the Achille-Lignon alley. It represents "both waste of information and the retrospective reflection of reality". The work was first created for an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.

Wikipedia: World Markets (FR)

143 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 19: Lyon 25

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Lyon 25 is a twenty-five-step public staircase located at the Cité internationale in Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: Lyon 25 (FR)

769 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 20: Ancienne Usine des Eaux de Lyon

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The Saint-Clair water plant is a former water pumping plant located on the banks of the Rhône in Caluire-et-Cuire on the outskirts of Lyon.

Wikipedia: Usine des eaux de Saint-Clair (FR)

737 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 21: Deux Pingouins

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The Inhabitants is a set of six sculptures created by Xavier Veilhan, installed in 2006 at the Cité internationale de Lyon. This set consists of: Two Penguins, Great Penguin, Roller Skate Girl, The Pizza Delivery Boy, Bear, and Man on the Phone. Ranging in height from 2.8 m to 8.0 m, the statues are made of polyester resin.

Wikipedia: Les Habitants (Veilhan) (FR)

456 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 22: Le Transbordeur

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Le Transbordeur is a 1,800-seat concert hall located in Villeurbanne, France. It was inaugurated in 1989.

Wikipedia: Le Transbordeur (EN), Website

1279 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 23: Parc de la Feyssine

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Le Parc de la Feyssine is a park in Lyon, France.

Wikipedia: Parc de la Feyssine (EN)


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