A cosmopolitan university town; a city of art and culture; a city of history and creation; the capital of French gastronomy and contemporary dance, Lyon is fascinating. Let yourself be carried away by its energy and art de vivre.
Since its foundation in 43 B.C., the former capital of Gaul has benefitted from an exceptional location between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, on the Saône-Rhône axis at the start of the Alps. Today, Lyon is less than two hours from Paris, Marseille and Geneva with the TGV.
The third most populated city in France, Lyon is the first in many respects: a high quality cultural agenda, a world-class food scene offering everything from small bouchons lyonnais to prestigious Paul Bocuse restaurants, and more than 100,000 students who make every evening memorable. From Bellecour to the Place des Terreaux, from St. Jean to St. Paul, from the Parc de la Tête d’Or to the slopes of the Croix-Rousse, its quays and its old districts of pastel colours, like small villages, invite you to explore and discover.