Lyon, one of Europe’s great meeting points at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, is a key destination due to its architectural wealth and reputation for fine dining. The city is home to many areas of interest, including its historic centre with UNESCO World Heritage status, plus a wide variety of sites spanning 2000 years of civilisation, in stark contrast with the avant-garde features of a city undergoing far-reaching changes, as in the Confluence district, the source of much inspiration for leading figures in the world of architecture. The Musée des Confluences, the only one of its kind in Europe, combines knowledge from different branches of science in an effort to understand the history of humanity.
Elsewhere, the Institut Lumière, part of the Maison Lumière, is home to the Musée du Cinéma: a delightful visit and one that presents information of great scientific and historical note, looking back at the invention of cinematography in 1895. Located within the Cité Internationale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain is reserved for temporary exhibitions. Lastly, the Gallo-Roman museums in Lyon and Saint-Romain-en-Gal showcase the region’s Gaulish heritage: the museums, with their displays of ceramics, jewellery and statues, are integrated into archaeological sites that include thermal baths and Roman theatres.
Lyon's historic centre
which includes the “Vieux Lyon”, the Colline de Fourvière, CroixRousse and Presqu’île, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988. Its two rivers, two hills and four riverbanks are what define the magical historic centre of Lyon, whose remarkable urban continuity was recognised by UNESCO as an integral part of the world’s heritage. Visitors can take in 2000 years of history from the Fourvière panoramic view point.