A rich city full of treasures
Like any large metropolitan area, Lyon has a thriving city centre and its heart is the Rue de la République, a long stretch of a pedestrian street full of shops, boutiques, and pavement cafés. From here you can easily get to popular attractions such as the opera house, several impressive fountains, and the quais of the Rhône.
Discover a dynamic city that has preserved an impressive historical heritage
From your suite or family apartment you can plan an itinerary for your city tour. Located at 3 Rue Président Carnot, a bourgeois neighbourhood, Arts Hotels Apartments offers is ideally situated, making it easy for you to discover the different neighbourhoods and unmissable sites of Lyon at your own pace.
Le Palais de la Bourse
Another monumental edifice in this area is the Palais de la Bourse et du Commerce, on Rue de la République. Although the building has a Renaissance architectural style, it was constructed in the 19th century. Continuing south of the Palais de la Bourse, tourists will come across the Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, a former Franciscan church built in the 14th-15th centuries.
l’Opéra de Lyon
On the Place de la Comédie, the National Opera House of Lyon is a beautiful 19th-century opera house with a majestic dome. The original theater was renovated by Jean Nouvel who tripled the size of the building using modern architectural techniques. L’Opéra de Lyon presents a wide variety of opera, from Romeo and Juliet to Carmen as well as dance performances and classical music concerts.
Le Théâtre des Célestins
The Théâtre des Celestins at Place des Célestins, is an impressive Neoclassical theater built on the vestiges of a Celestine monastery. The gorgeous Italian-style auditorium has a sensational ceiling painting, gilded balconies, and plush velvet seats. The theater offers a wide variety of dramatic performances (in French), ranging from classical repertory to contemporary plays.
Buy Lyon City Cards (€21/€31/€41 per person for one/two/three days) offer free guided tours, including of Vieux Lyon, free entry to 18 museums, and unlimited travel – the calm and efficient metro is a pleasure to use. Buy City Cards and find out about local events via the Lyon Tourist Office.