Lyon is a city with 2000 years of history that you can discover as you walk through its districts that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranging from Roman architecture mixed to bold contemporary creations and spread over 3 districts: Vieux Lyon, the City Centre (the Peninsula) and Croix Rousse.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Vieux Lyon a preserved sector, is one of the largest Renaissance quarters in Europe, together with Venice. In particular, the successful 15th and 16th century fairs attracted numerous Italian bankers who made Vieux Lyon the colourful Renaissance district we know today.

The pedestrian area, enlivened by café and restaurant terraces, with bustling nightlife, offers a warm, lively ambiance.

The famous traboules (from the Latin transambulare) are passageways that allow people to cross directly from one street to another through inner courtyards. They were created to facilitate pedestrian traffic. As they move through these traboules, visitors discover a unique and unexpected architectural heritage of galleries and spiral staircases.
The City Centre between the Saône and Rhône rivers, called the Presqu’île (Peninsula), 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 peaceful shopping, from luxury stores to trendy boutiques, and including designer workshops, or just wandering around.
Croix-rousse, the Silk district, is also part of the classified site. Silk workers, known as canuts, used to occupy buildings that were designed to house imposing handlooms and the new machines invented by Jacquard.

A lively, atypical district that has carried on the silkworking tradition in a few weaving workshops and has opened itself up to design and new trends.
Europe’s largest urban centre renovation project that combines an offer of housing areas, offices and widely varying activities, together with large and convivial public areas: the creation of a tram system, the opening of a shopping and leisure centre, the creation of a nautical centre with a river mooring, and the new Musée des Confluences, a science and societies museum.
With a whole host of award-winning restaurants, famous chefs, brasseries with hundred-year-old backdrops and counter cafés, whatever you want, you’ll find it in Lyon.

Around each table, Lyon has countless ways, ranging from traditional to inventive, of showcasing the treasures of its local country fare. You will find a real symphony of flavours and colours as you stroll through outdoor markets with their sweet, southern aromas, or through Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a permanent covered market where the great chefs do their shopping.

There are nearly 2 000 restaurants in Lyon, several of which have earned stars in the Michelin Guide. The most typical of course, are the traditional bouchons, which only exist in Lyon! The word bouchon dates back to the era when inns that served wine outside meal times were recognised by a sheaf of straw that they hung on their signs. This sign was associated with the normal stopping points for mail and stagecoaches in front of the inns. Thus, while their horses were being wiped down, coachmen were invited to have a drink.

You will find a selection of museums with multiple (Textiles, Cinema, Fine Arts, Resistance, Printing) and sometimes unusual (Miniatures and film sets, City history and World-wide Puppets, Painted Walls) themes on sites that testify to Lyon’s architectural diversity over the centuries.
‘Soft’ urban modes of transport with the new Vélo’V and Cyclopolitain, allow you to move around at your own pace to explore the green city’s riverbanks, parks and gardens.
ERCA – JIVD / 3rd Joint International Meeting
Brigitte Hautier, Sylvaine Sazio
(Siège social : Hospices Civils de Lyon)
c/o B.A.L. Congrès, 7 rue Belfort
69004 Lyon (FRANCE)