If you're planning your visit to Lyon, or a local looking for something different to do, here are the main sights in and around Lyon!
* The Roman ruins on the hillside near the Fourviere Basilica with the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, the Odeon of Lyon and the accompanying Gallo-Roman Museum.
* Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, roman ruins of an amphiteatre.
Middle Ages and Renaissance
* Cathedral of St. John, a medieval church with architectural elements of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. It is the principal religious structure in the city and the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.
* Basilica of St-Martin-d'Ainay is one of the rare surviving Romanesque basilica-style churches in Lyon.
* Église Saint-Paul, Romanesque (12 and 13th century) and Gothic (15–16th century) church.
* Église Saint-Bonaventure, 14th- and 15th-century Gothic church.
* Eglise Saint-Nizier, Gothic church from the 15th century. Its doorway was carved in the 16th century by Philibert Delorme.
* Vieux Lyon (English: Old Lyon) area – Medieval and Renaissance quarter of the town, with cobbled streets, shops, and dining.
* The many Renaissance hôtels particuliers of the Old Lyon quarter, such as the Hôtel de Bullioud, also built by Philibert Delorme.
17th and 18th century
Bartholdi Fountain at the place des Terreaux
* City Hall on place des Terreaux, built by architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte.
* Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, fine arts museum housed in a former convent of the 17th century, including the Baroque chapelle Saint-Pierre.
* Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon (17th and 18th century), historical hospital with a baroque chapel.
* Temple du Change (17th and 18th century), former stock exchange of Lyon, Protestant temple since the 18th century.
* Place Bellecour, one of the largest town squares in Europe.
* Chapelle de la Trinité (1622), the first Baroque chapel built in Lyon, it was part of the former Ecole de la Trinité, now Collège-lycée Ampère.
* Église Saint-Polycarpe (1665–1670), Classical church.
* Église Saint-Just (16th to 18th century), Classical church.
* Saint-Bruno des Chartreux (17th and 18th century), church, masterpiece of Baroque architecture.
* Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent (18th century), Neoclassical church.
19th century and modern city
Overview on Lyon during Fête des Lumières
* Opéra National de Lyon (1831), renovated in 1993 by Jean Nouvel.
* Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, large 19th century basilica on the top of Fourvière Hill.
* Tour métallique de Fourvière (1894).
* La Mouche Cattle Market and Abbatoir (1914, 1928), designed by Tony Garnier.
* Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery (1960) designed by Le Corbusier
* Saint-Exupéry International Airport (formerly Satolas Airport), designed by Guillaume Gilbert.
* Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry (1994) by Santiago Calatrava.
* Palais des congrès de Lyon (1998), designed by Renzo Piano is a group of buildings for various functions.
* Tour du Crédit Lyonnais
* Tour Oxygène
* Tour Incity
* Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon (Fine Arts Museum), main museum of the city and one of the largest art galleries in France. Housed in the "Palais Saint Pierre", a former 17th century convent, it displays a major collection of paintings (Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Nicolas Poussin, Rubens, Rembrandt, Zurbaran, Canaletto, Delacroix, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Francis Bacon...), collections of sculptures, drawings and printings, decorative arts, roman and Greek antiquities, the second largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in France after that of the Louvre and a medal cabinet of 50 000 medals and coins.
* Gallo-Roman Museum, it displays many valuable objects and artwoks found on the site of roman Lyon (Lugdunum) like the Circus Games Mosaic, Coligny calendar or the Taurobolic Altar.
* African Museum of Lyon
* Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation
* Musée des Confluences, planned future museum of Sciences and anthropology.
* La Sucrière, contemporary art center.
* Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs, decorative arts museum.
* Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, contemporary art museum.
* Musée Gadagne, museum of the history of Lyon housed in a historical building of the Vieux Lyon.
Parks and gardens
The lake, in the Parc de la Tête d'Or.
* Parc de la Tête d'Or, (literally, Golden Head Park), in central Lyon is the largest urban park in France at 117 hectares. Located in the 6th arrondissement, it features a large lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. Due to the relatively small number of other parks in Lyon, it receives a huge number of visitors over summer, and is a frequent destination for joggers and cyclists. At the northern end of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, tigers and other animals. There is also sporting equipment, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and even a miniature train.
* Jardin botanique de Lyon (8 hectares), included in the Parc de la Tête d'Or, is a municipal botanical garden. It is open weekdays without charge. The garden was established in 1857 as a successor to earlier botanical gardens dating to 1796, and now describes itself as France's largest municipal botanical garden. Today it contains about 15,000 plants, including 3500 plants of temperate regions, 760 species of shrubs, a hundred species of wild roses, 750 varieties of historical roses, 200 varieties of peonies recognized by the Conservatoire Français des Collections Végétales Spécialisées, 1800 species of alpine plants, 50 varieties of water lilies, and 6,000 species in its greenhouses. The garden's greenhouses enclose a total of 6,500 m2 (69,965.42 sq ft) in area, and include a central pavilion for tropical plants including camellias over a hundred years old; a greenhouse-aquarium with Amazonian water lilies; a Dutch greenhouse containing carnivorous plants; small greenhouses with orchids; and small cold greenhouses with azaleas, cactus, and so forth.
* Parc de Gerland, in the south of the city (80 hectares).
* Parc des hauteurs, in Fourvières.
* Parc de Miribel-Jonage (300 hectares).
* Parc de Lacroix-Laval (115 hectares).
* Parc de Parilly (178 hectares).