About Lyon

From the Roman Amphithéatres to one of the most innovative cities in Europe

Lyon, the second-largest urban area of France and the capital city of France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is charmingly located at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its impressive centre, classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, reflects more than 2,000 years of rich history from the abundant ruins of the Gallo-Roman times, through the Middle ages and Renaissance architecture of the Vieux (Old) Lyon and the classical buildings of the city centre, to the very modern Confluence district on the Presqu'île peninsula – an inspiring example of contemporary public architecture.

Today, Lyon is considered an important international hub of innovation and continues to develop centres for research and science that remain at the edge of technology.

The city proudly counts more than 600 public and private laboratories, 13300 researchers including 1800 from abroad and 4 renowned scientific and technological sites facilitating collaboration between higher education establishments and business.

While visiting Lyon, keep also in mind that the city has been voted World Capital of Gastronomy. Its streets offer an inexhaustible selection of places ranging from local bouchons, home made food bistros, bakeries and sweet shops to many historical restaurants.

Enjoy your stay in Lyon!