Located in the heart of Europe, half-way between Paris and the Cote d’Azur, and at the foot of the Alps, Lyon’s layout, featuring two rivers and three hills, makes this an unusual city. You can travel to the new Confluence district from the Medieval and Renaissance Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) district by boat, climb to the heights of La Croix Rousse to the north or Fourvière in the west and take in the panoramic view of the city with 2000 years of history. Lyon is the ancient capital of Gaul with a rich history of more than 2000 years. There still exists today evidence of its long past, in landmarks such as the Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre and its 15th century cathedral at Saint-Jean. Lyon is listed as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage since 1998, making it Europe’s 2nd-largest Renaissance site after Venice.

Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century. The City Centre, between the Saône and Rhône rivers, called the Presqu’île, has always been the heart of busy activity around the neighbourhood’s businesses, shops, bookstores and theatres. Charming squares and prestigious buildings are present all around this district, which is ideal for shopping or just wandering around. The Confluence district, the most ambitious urban redevelopment plan in Europe in terms of surface area, will only be fully completed in 2025, but the district has already undergone massive change.

The Lyon region is home to a dynamic and diversified industrial network whose added value is higher than the European average and a scientific research potential, with 510 laboratories and 10 000 research personnel.

Lastly, the city is reknowned for its gastronomy, thanks to Paul Bocuse. Lyon is preparing to open the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie [International City of Gastronomy] in the city’s former historic hospital.

Experience for yourself the charm of Lyon and the diversity of everything it has to offer.

For more information :
•About Lyon: www.onlylyon.com 

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