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Vieux Lyon

69005 Lyon, France
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Ranked #7 of 52 Activities in Lyon
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Traveler Description: No visit to Lyon would be complete without a stroll around the original medieval city (known as Vieux Lyon) that is located on the west bank of the... more »
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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Vieux Lyon was almost a slum when I spent my college year abroad here in 1965-66. I remember going to watch a film in a building without central heating where the steps formed a "U" from centuries of people climbing the stairs. Now it is perhaps the main tourist spot (some might say "trap") in Lyon. Overall, those serving tourists... More

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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is Lyon's most touristic area near town centre and offers not only interesting sight seeing of old streets but also good for people watching as you dine under candle light open air. Must visit this.

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Shanghai, China
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I visited Vieux Lyon in the morning, just after a slight rain. The air was refreshing, and the scene was great. Walking between all these old houses made me feel like walking in a live oil painting. There were a bunch of kids out there on a spring break, shuttling in and out. A kid even walked toward me to... More

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Lyon, France
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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This quarter of Lyon is a definite must-see however you need to set aside at least half a day to enjoy the rich heritage of Vieux Lyon. Walking through the narrow winding streets which are lined with cafés, restaraunts, souvenir shops, patisseries, traboules, boutiques to say the least you will find yourself transported into the past. There is a distinct... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

When you visit Lyon, this is a recommended place to visit because its full of fun and activities. The Rhone river separated the city into old and new town and if you have time, it will be great if you can explore these 2 towns and will find a great contrast among them. The old town, as its name applied,... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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182 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There is a great deal to see here so plan to spend at least half a day wandering around its cobble stone streets ( excluding lunch ). Take a good map and discover its traboules, cafes, bouchons ,some very good patisseries and interesting little shops. There are museums , the Cathedral with its pretty square and Eglise St Georges whihc... More

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Budapest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Start at Place Bellecour, in the middle of the Presq'ile. Find the Tourist Office and rely on their service - it is not only fast. polite, efficient, but also provides interesting programs. Grab a Lyon űCity Card which provides free public transport and free or reduced price entry to attractions. Join the guided tours. To mention just a few, I... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Don't miss out on visiting vieux Lyon. About 30 years ago it was going to the dogs, but now it has been given lots of attention and you can see such magnificent old buildings there. Don't miss the traboule (tunnels going between streets) and pop into Cours des Loges 5 star hotel to see what a sensitive job they have... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

An amazing area of Lyon, although some areas are almost as if they are deserted completely, with shops empty and gone. At times it felt like we were the only people in the areas. The city could do more to liven up this area and bring back shops to bring life back to it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The old city of Lyon is a great place to wander around. There's plenty to see, and lots of character and history. There are many places to eat here, although many are quite 'touristy', so do some 'window shopping' first. Easy to spend a day here.

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