Vieux Lyon
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Lyon's historic section is full of old buildings and a traditional old French atmosphere.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine
How to get there
  • Vieux Lyon - Cathédrale St.Jean • 4 min walk
  • Cordeliers • 9 min walk
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark3,763 contributions
Jan 2023
To strangers Lyon may seem overwhelming with all the traffic and noise - but visit Vieux Lyon and realize exactly why so many people are in love with the city.

Vieux Lyon is full of charming old houses, the famous bouchons (traditional restaurants), traboules (narrow alleys) and the devine beautiful Basilica on top of it all.

You’ll love every minute out here.
Written 9 January 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,307 contributions
Nov 2022
The area is a richly deserved World Heritage Site, split over a lower and upper parts. There is a cathedral, a basilica and a handful of churches. Roads often run off at angles. Many pedestrian walkways allow for loitering. There are bouchons, home cooking Lyonnais style, the city one of the world's gastronomic capitals. The puppet theatre is not to be missed. A raft of souvenir vendors are at hand. Other high end clothing stores are present plus a good handful of candy/pastry shops.
Written 1 November 2022
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Debbi B
San Jose, CA173 contributions
Oct 2022
Vieux Lyon is beautiful. A tad touristy but a convenient place to stay, close to museums, historical sites, and various tour kick off spots. I would have liked to have stayed there but couldn’t find a room; at the time it turned out there was a cinema festival and a race. Its a lovely place to stay.
Written 5 October 2022
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Tox-downunder
Batemans Bay, Australia74 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We picked a beautiful sunny day. I loved the cable tram to the top ( very easy with the standard public transport ticket) the basilica notre dames was impressive, beautiful mosaics. The view over the city were great too. The roman amphitheatre was nice to see too.
Written 2 October 2022
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robnh61
Stockport, UK1,668 contributions
Aug 2022
The old town is a lovely area to wander round. It's full of fabulous old buildings with some lovely restaurants
Written 2 September 2022
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Mohammed E
New Jersey38 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
I enjoyed my time there, in October 2019.
I will go back there again, and have some more fun with my family and friends.
I recommend this place to people who love to have a great time.
Written 18 August 2022
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peyman y
Iran161 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
absolutly wort to visit . we first visit notre dam and walk down 15 min and then find fancy and charming and old alleyes and good restaurants.
Written 17 August 2022
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terrihansonmead
Redwood City, CA49 contributions
Aug 2022
We've been to Paris, Marseille, Nice, and lots of small villages with parts labeled as 'vieux' and this is by far our favorite. There are lots of shops and restaurants and traboules (courtyards) and it's very walkable. Small passageways take you from one street to another.
I've never seen so many restaurants in one place before. So much to choose from!
The funicular to the Basilica Notre Dame and the Roman theater is in Vieux Lyon (very convenient).
Definitely a must see and do while in Lyon.
Written 14 August 2022
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Claire Pear
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Make sure to find the Traboules and take a walking tour! The church rings at 10 am, and check out the clock inside. Have lunch or dinner at a traditional bouchon Lyonnaise!
Written 25 July 2022
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lowryepp
Epping, UK811 contributions
Jun 2022
Historic and mostly genuine mediaeval centre. Wander at will, much pedestrianised (or nearly so); go slowly, look up to building tops, into ancient passage ways (traboules) - worth getting a guide sheet or online for thes, not all marked. Even look underfoot, as the coblles and brass markers tell stories. Many cafes, icecreams, restaurants. Get to the higher parks by funicular.
If you stay in the old town, can be noisy at night!
Written 21 July 2022
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