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    Lyon – What to do, where to stay?

    Lyon is the third-largest city in France and lies on the two rivers Rhône and Saône. Famous personalities such as André-Marie Ampère, the Lumière brothers, and Paul Bocuse come from Lyon and have helped shape the city.

    Rent a holiday home with a pool in Lyon

    The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is located in the east of France and stretches from the Swiss border in the east to the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park (Volcans d’Auvergne) in the west. The mighty peaks of the Alps, green plateaus, crystal clear lakes, and extinct volcanoes in the Massif Central, and the Rhône and Saône rivers shape the landscape in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

    Two national parks and seven nature parks invite you to go hiking and cycling. The Écrins, the largest national park in France is located in the region. The highest point is the 4,102 m high Barre des Écrins, the southernmost four-thousand-meter peak in the Alps.

    The largest city is Lyon. More than half a million people live in the metropolis, which was the center of the silk industry until the 19th century. A self-catering accommodation in Lyon with a pool is a comfortable retreat that guarantees you maximum personal freedom and flexibility. Most of the properties are located in the sun-drenched south of the region. Palm trees and olive trees indicate a mild climate. You can book a furnished accommodation rental in Lyon with a pool in a wide variety of price ranges. The spectrum ranges from rustic stone houses and luxurious villas to neat country houses with floor-to-ceiling windows and a swimming pool in the garden. If you want to spend your holiday in a holiday home with a pool in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with friends or the whole family, opt for a converted farm or country house.

    Visit The Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica

    The basilica is the landmark and the best viewpoint in the city. You could see the towers of the basilica from everywhere in the city because it is located on a hill above the city. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk up the whole hill, you can take the funicular up to the top. It leaves the Vieux Lyon metro station every few minutes. Next to the basilica, there is a viewing platform from where you can see far beyond the borders of Lyon. If the weather is really good, you should even be able to see as far as Mont Blanc. But during the day there is always a lot going on here.

    Watching the glittering city from up at night here is truly unique.

    Where: Fourvière, 8 Place de Fourvière | How: Vieux Lyon metro station, continue with the F2 cable car to Fourvière | How much: free

    Consider the Museums

    Highly recommended is the Musée des Confluences (tip: buy your skip-the-line ticket in advance) with its striking futuristic architecture and wonderfully presented exhibitions, but also the Musée des Beaux-Arts – the second largest museum in France after the Louvre.

    If you don’t have enough time for all 70 halls, you should definitely visit the wonderful garden in the inner courtyard with its inviting tea room. I also made it to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et des Tissus, which is particularly worthwhile because of the fine silk fabrics. Incidentally, with the City Card you can visit 23 museums for free! There you can make a lot of great discoveries, and if you don’t like it, at least you haven’t wasted any entrance fee.

    Don’t miss The hill of La Croix-Rousse Croix-Rousse

    The hill of La Croix-Rousse Croix-Rousse is actually a whole district and is now considered the artists’ quarter of Lyons. You will discover a lot of street art and idiosyncratic shops here. Its unique location on a hill is ideal for viewing the city from a different perspective. From the Jardin de la Grande Côte you have a great view over the whole city. Back then, we walked leisurely up the alleys from the Rathausplatz (Metro: Hôtel de Ville). The Montée de la Grande Côte meanders up the hill over many many stairs. Every now and then, take a look at the small side streets! There are tons of fancy boutiques, galleries and cute cafes.

    Where: Croix-Rousse Hill, 51 Rue du Bon-Pasteur | How: Croix Rousse metro station

    The city park

    The beautiful Parc de la Tête d´Or is one of the most relaxed corners of Lyon. The endless green areas invite you to picnic and laze around, on a large lake you can row boats and in the freely accessible zoo, you can marvel at wild animals. Then there is a rosarium, a botanical garden, mini-golf, pony rides and and and. Free zoo The zoo is astonishingly big (so for the fact that it is free!). There are 130 species of animals, including big cats, many different species of monkeys, and also living things that we did not even know before. For example, the sand cat, burrows in the desert sand during the day to protect itself from the heat. They look totally cute! What we noticed positively are the well-designed animal enclosures. Most of them offer the animals a lot of retreat options. Dense bushes, winding enclosures, and lots of hiding places.

    Amazingly, most of the zoo residents were real ramp pigs and mostly sat right in front and looked at the amazed visitors, or even slept right next to the window.

    Where: Parc de la tete d’or | How: Metro station Masséna or Charpennes | How much: free

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