The salons of the City Hall
The City Hall of Lyon and the headquarters of major decisions, is also a palace of great beauty...
Enter one of the city’s finest historical monuments, created by the architect Simon Maupin, and rebuilt by Jules Hardouin-Mansart after a fire.
Lyon's Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is located between Place des Terreaux and Place de la Comédie, where is stands opposite the Opera house.
This masterpiece of classical architecture is sumptuously adorned with remarkable baroque- painted decors, stucco, gilding and garlands, which turn it into a real palace.
Seize this exclusive opportunity to stroll along its corridors and walk through the lounges of this prestigious reception site: the Hôtel de Ville.
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The advantages of this visit
You will be able to discover during this guided tour
- Corridors and lounges, places for prestigious receptions and important decisions
- A unique view of the famous Place des Terreaux and the Bartholdi fountain.
- Remarkable Baroque painted decorations, stucco, gilding and garlands
Lyon has been my city of adoption for several decades now, so as a polyglot with a lovely Austrian accent to boot and a passion for Lyon, I'm here to take you on a discovery tour of the city and its surrounding areas.
I'll be delighted to guide you through this great city, from Roman times to the 21st century!
"Look and listen to the stones of my city".
Teaching people to look, telling stories, making sense of things, that's mainly what motivates me in my job.
My own personal story has mainly unfolded in Lyon, which I have proudly seen blossom over the past decades.Sharing with visitors from all over the world -I speak English and German- the beauty of my city is a great pleasure to me, and an honour. But what I also like is talking to the locals themselves, while helping them understand the specific characteristics of their area.
Lyon adopted me 34 years ago and I love it!
Studying languages and the history of art as well as having a passion for history determined my career as a lecturing guide.
Although I moved to Lyon by chance, I must admit I love this city and feel happy here!
I love Lyon for its past and present that combine and merge in the melting pot of history, and are also apparent in its incredible vitality that many city's envy!
I adore the uniqueness of Lyon… its glorious Roman past which archaeologists never tire of revisiting, as well as Vieux-Lyon, its Renaissance area (second only to Venice) and its secret and mysterious traboules.
My love for Lyon also resides in my love of food, as this world capital of gastronomy boasts a record of one restaurant for 294 people!
I love Lyon for its culture, its biennials and its museums which are the stuff dreams are made of!
So many reasons that explain why I'm so very attached to Lyon and wouldn't leave it for an empire..., as far as I'm concerned, it's ONLY LYON!
How lucky I am to have been able to study the history of art and archaeology in Lyon. It's magic! From the Roman theatres to the Musée des Confluences, past, present and future combine in beauty and harmony, just like the gold, silver and silk threads woven by the canuts.
Let's set out for a spot of "trabouling" with Rabelais' ghost, who will lead us from Hôtel-Dieu to the wealthy homes of the merchant bankers in Vieux-Lyon, stopping at inns, bouchons or star-rated restaurants on the way…
Let your eyes feast on the golden light that's worthy of Italy, and gilds the slopes of Croix-Rousse on summer evenings as you stroll along the embankment amid the seagulls and boats.
I love this city because life is so sweet here, and I love telling visitors all about it, as the enthusiastic urbanist in me sees the city as a living organism.
When seeking to share Lyon's heritage with people, I like to broach the question from the viewpoint of technical skills and know-how, and even economy, whether it's architecture and town planning, or vineyards and gastronomy.
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Tour proposed byONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès
& practical information
Walking guided tour
In front of the gates of the Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Comédie - Lyon 1st
Metro A > Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel