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Lyon is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and is the second largest contributor to the French economy after Paris. Lyon, France's second biggest agglomeration after Paris, is proud of a rich history that graciously blends in with the city's dynamic present.
The French Alps, with their countless ski resorts, walking trails and golf playgrounds are just half an hour away from the city. The city’s surroundings include five nature reserves and several areas where sports lovers can learn and practice ballooning, canyoning, or horse riding. Lyon is also a gateway to France's oldest and finest wine regions of Rhone-Alpes, Savoy, or du Varais.




Fact File
Country : France
Population : 445,000
Languages : French
Climate : The climate is temperate, fairly hot in the summer and relatively cold in the winter. Heavy precipitation is a dominant aspect of the city's weather, and you can expect rain in Lyon year-round.
Summer (June and September) : 25°C to 30°C, but can get as high as 35°C
Winters :8°C to -2°C
Official Currency : Euro; 1 Euro = 52.443 Indian Rupee = 1.2047 US $ = 0.678141 GBP(subject to change)
Location : The city is situated at the junction of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean and is just two hours from the alpine ski resorts and three hours from the sea, Lyon. This enticing city is located on the rivers Rhone and Saone, surrounded with hills and can be listed as the ultimate destination for business travelers and tourists alike.

Getting There
By Air : The city has an airport by the name Lyon St Exupéry airport (LYS) which is around 25 km east of Lyon. Regular buses connect the city with the airport where the time taken is 30 minutes and the prices are fairly reasonable given the long distances involved.
By Trains : The city has 2 main railways stations, Lyon Part-Dieu, Place Beraudier, and Lyon Perrache, 10 Cours de Verdun. The stations share roughly equal amounts of the train traffic to and from the city. Both stations have a cafe, snack bar, ATM, newsagent, tourist information office and a bus link to Lyon-St-Exupery Airport.
By Road : The city has a well developed system of roads and one take the road to access the city from any other part of the country.



Getting Around
By Road : Buses, taxis and rented cars provide great service to the people in the city.
By Train : Transports en Commun Lyonnais – operates both the bus and Métro systems. The central bus station is based at Lyon Perrache railway station.
The Métro network in Lyon is excellent, clean and easy to use, with 4 different lines and 40 stations. Bus and Métro services operate 0500-2400 hrs.
The city has 2 main railways stations, Lyon Part-Dieu, Place Beraudier, and Lyon Perrache, 10 Cours de Verdun. The stations share roughly equal amounts of the train traffic to and from the city.

Accommodation
The city of Lyon has large number of decent hotels to make the stay of the tourists for leisure or business comfortable and memorable.
5 star hotel in the city:
Hotel La Tour Rose
Hotel Boscolo Grand hotel
Hotel Alize
4 Star hotel in the city:
Hotel Bleu Marine
Hotel Des Artistes
3 Star hotel in the city:
Best western Crequi Lyon Part Dieu
Best western hotel de Verdun

Major tourist attractions
Vieux Lyon : Along the banks of the Saone river, underneath the steep slopes of the Fourviere hill is the centrepiece of old Lyon. Rue St Jean which the main street is lined with Gothic and Renaissance housing and the whole being is a fine ensemble of 16th and 17th century urban building.

Fourviere neighborhood : The hill has of a 19th century cathedral, the Basilica of Notre Dame-de-Fourviere which has a unique design and is affectionately referred to as the "upside down elephant".

Museum Of Gallo-Roman Civilization : It has the classical ruins and a large collection of Roman inscriptions.

Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre : This amphitheatre houses the Large amphitheatre of the classical period.

Croix Rousse neighbourhood : Lyon's silk industry was once based on this precipitous hill above the river Rhone and now its streets make a charming cityscape.

Lyon Opera House : Lyon's opera company is placed in a remarkable 1990s rebuilding of a neo-classical original.

Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts) : This museum houses Greek and Roman sculptures, well-known medieval and Renaissance artworks, ornate craftwork, Islamic art and Impressionist paintings work combined to make this one of the country's finest museums.

Other Attractions
Lumiere Institute : Lyons was once home to the Lumiere brothers, inventors of an early cinematograph machine. Their "Sortie d'Usine" (Leaving The Factory) is said to be the first movie ever made, and may be seen during the institute's guided tours.
Plan Lumiere (Public Lighting Plan) : Carefully planned light shows illuminate more than 250 fine buildings along the riverbanks and hillsides of Lyon. A festival of light takes place in early December.
Lyon-Satolas TGV Station : Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed an intriguing railway station for Lyon's airport which is thought by many to look like a giant hawk with outstretched wings.
Lyon Shopping Neighbourhoods : Vieux Lyon's Renaissance streets are full of upscale shops and Marionettes but the real centre of shopping is the Presqu'ile peninsula. The major department store “Printemps” is in the place de la Republique and open air markets grace several locations in Lyon. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold in a market on the boulevard de la Croix-Rousse and on Sunday mornings on the banks of the Saone at Quai Romain Rolland there is an arts and crafts market.




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