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Vieux-Lyon Visits of neighbourhoods

Vieux-Lyon is as welcoming as it is rich in history; a must-see when visiting Lyon! 

For more than 2000 years, visitors, shopkeepers and residents have shared this district in perfect harmony. This balance is part of its unique character and we are proud to wlecome you here!
'Cours-traboules' agreements have been signed by residents, property owners and local authorities to enable visitors to discover these areas within the framework of comprehensive, intimate tours.
They ensure a quality reception for visitores and respect for the lives of local residents.
The neighbourhoods of Vieux-Lyon, the hills of Fourvière and Croix-Rousse, and the Presqu'île (peninsula) have been listed as UNESCO WorldHeritage since 1998. These sites cover two hills, two rivers and four riverbanks, or 427 hectares.

Inhabitants' advise

Patience pays : Are there already people? Wait until the traboule empties before entering, as you will appreciate it even more when it's quiet!
Silence is golden:Your voice will resonate easily (and there may be children taking a nap in neighbouring buildings)!
Eyes wide open: There are amny traboules and hidden courtyards. Use the map of Lyon to discover them all and get off the beaten track!

Vieux-Lyon, a great area for a stroll...

Some look amused as they take a seat in the funicular railway heading on up Fourvière hill, while others marvel as they enter Saint Jean's Cathedral, a lovely building that spans from the Romanesque to the late Gothic period.
Some venture into the wonderful world of the museum of Miniatures and the Cinema, while others delve deep into the past in the Musées Gadagne, , museums devoted to the city's history and puppets from all over the world, all housed in lovely Renaissance buildings.
Some bask on the terraces of the numerous cafés and restaurants, while others amble through the famous traboules, building corridors that hop directly from one street to another via inner courtyards. A unique way of seeing the area's unsuspected architectural heritage!
From the church of Saint George to that of Saint Paul, take a stroll through this animated area where there's always something new to see.


Visit in pictures

Guided walk through the narrow cobbled streets, squares and traboules... between the past and the present...