Place Bellecour


One of Europe’s largest public squares, gravel-strewn place Bellecour was laid out in the 17th century. In the centre is an equestrian statue of Louis XIV.

From December to March, a 60m-high Ferris wheel provides a fine view over the city.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lyon attractions

1. Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste

0.31 MILES

Lyon's partly Romanesque cathedral was built between the late 11th and early 16th centuries. The portals of its Flamboyant Gothic facade, completed in…

2. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

0.32 MILES

This well-organised museum displays 18th-century furniture, tapestries, wallpaper, ceramics and silver. Ticket includes admission to the adjoining Musée…

3. Musée des Tissus

0.33 MILES

Extraordinary Lyonnais and international silks are showcased here. Ticket includes admission to the adjoining Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which displays…

4. Palais de Justice

0.35 MILES

Facing the river in old Lyon, the grandiose neo-classical Palais de Justice is well worth a gander.

5. Musée Miniature et Cinéma

0.37 MILES

This maze-like museum on tourist-busy rue St-Jean provides an unusual insight into the making of movie sets and special effects achieved with the use of…

6. Musée de l'Imprimerie

0.46 MILES

From early equipment through to computerised technology, this absorbing museum traces the history of the city's printing industry.

7. Le Petit Musée Fantastique de Guignol

0.46 MILES

The star of this tiny, two-floor museum is Guignol, the Lyonnais puppet famous for its slapstick antics and political commentary. Various animated scenes…

8. Musées Gadagne

0.49 MILES

Housed in a 16th-century mansion built for two rich Florentine bankers, this twin-themed exhibition space incorporates an excellent local history museum,…