A people-friendly European metropolis, Lyon frequently ranks among the best places to live in France and Europe. With its old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has preserved the best of its past while constantly looking to the future, as can be seen in its vibrant economy and attractive living environment.
The key to this success lies in the ability to offer all the ingredients for personal and professional fulfillment, a rich cultural life and measures to ensure sustainable development. A renowned culinary capital, Lyon is also the 2nd largest scientific research and economic center in France.
Close to sea and mountains
With the Lyon-Saint Exupéry international airport and three TGV high-speed train stations, Lyon is connected to all major European cities and the world!
Lyon is only 2 hours by TGV to Paris and 1hr40 to Marseille and the Mediterranean. If it's mountains you prefer, the Alps are a mere 90 minutes away by car!
A city focused on the future
Lyon has launched a series of major projects to prepare the city for the future. The new Carré de Soie retail center, the Oxygène Tower office building and the transformation of the Rhone embankments are just the first steps in this process. The Incity Tower, the new Confluence district, and the OL Land stadium are three other big projects which will keep Lyon among the very best European cities now and for the future.
The French lifestyle
Great food, great culture and leisure activities: people in Lyon know how to enjoy the good things in life!
Lyon's cuisine is world-renowned, with 15 Michelin-starred restaurants1 in Lyon and the region. Next to these top names are the famous "bouchon" bistros2 and a wealth of other restaurants all over town for food lovers. In 2015, The Times designates Lyon as the first gastronomic destination in France.
Nightlife in Lyon offers many events throughout the year, bringing in great talents from all over the world. In the Spring, it is the Nuits Sonores electronic music festival which has grown to a major international event. In the Summer, the evenings are alive with outdoor concerts at the Jazz Festival in Vienne and Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon. In the Fall, the city enjoys the events and activities of the alternating biennial festivals of Dance and Contemporary Art. In the Winter, the Festival of Lights enchants Lyon and a multitude of visitors with artistic and technological marvels all over the city.
With its exceptional heritage, Lyon offers the local population and tourists a wide range of cultrual venues: the Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gadagne historic museum of Lyon, the museum of Gallo-Roman civilization, the Fine Arts museum, the Center of the French Resistance, the symphony Auditorium, the Dance Theater, and some 20 other theaters!
In september 2016, Lyon has been recognised as Europe's Leading City Break Destination by the World Travel Awards.
April 2014, for CNN, France's second city has a sophistication that makes it a hugely intriguing option for visitors.
Read 8 ways Lyon outshines Paris on the CNN's website.
1 The Michelin guidebook is a directory of the very best hotels and restaurants in France, ranked by a system of stars. The more stars, the higher the ranking.
2 The bouchons are typical little restaurants serving all of Lyon's finest traditional dishes.