Accredited with World Heritage status by UNESCO, Vieux Lyon
(old Lyon) is the city's main tourist magnetising area, so visitors can expect to find lots of things to do in, and near Vieux Lyon
. This historic segment of the city incorporates the charming cobble-stoned areas of Saint-Georges, Saint-Jean and Saint-Paul, which lie adjacent to each other along the banks of the River Saône. With much of the area being pedestrianised, strolling on foot is really the best way to access the many things to do in Vieux Lyon
, and if you don't want to miss a thing, start walking from Saint-Georges and then head south through Saint-Jean and on to Saint-Paul.
Starting with the attractions in Saint-Georges, the unique 17th century Neo-Gothic church of the same name will no doubt catch the eye as you enter Vieux Lyon
by crossing the River Saône from Lyon's Presqu'île. This very traditional church is at the heart of Saint-Georges, a comparatively quiet area of Vieux Lyon. In addition to the striking Saint-Georges Church
, visitors can also stop off at the lovely Maison du Soliel
, also located in Saint-Georges.
Moving through Saint-Georges, and on to the tourist hub of Saint-Jean and Saint-Paul, visitors can expect to find the majority of Vieux Lyon
attractions in these areas. Top of the list, and forming the corner stone of the city, the ancient Cathédrale St-Jean
has been located in the heart of Vieux Lyon
since the 4th century. This impressive cathedral opens onto the bustling Place St-Jean
; the central square of the World Heritage zone. Saint-Jean is also the place to find some of Lyon's most romantic Traboules,
and for the low-down on the history of Lyon, visit the Musée Historique de Lyon
; housed in one of the city's most highly prized Renaissance buildings. And for a lesser known attraction, visit Le Cercle Verre
- also in St-Jean – where you can view the art of glass blowing at its most creative.
Rue Saint Jean
At Rue Saint Etienne
The romance of the Renaissance 'traboules'...
1 Place du Petit-Collège
The art of French and international puppetry...
2 rue Saint-Georges
17th Century House with a Large Oval Courtyard...
60 rue Saint-Jean
A miniature world in a grand historic building...
53 rue St-Georges
Neo-Gothic church rebuilt in 1844... read more
1 place du Petit-Collège
Renaissance architecture, local history and puppets... read more