About Lyon

-The city of Lyon proper had a population of 516,092 in 2017 within its small municipal territory of 48 km, but together with its suburbs and exurbs the Lyon metropolitan area had a population of 2,323,221 that same year, the second-most populated in France.

-Lyon is the capital of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as well as the seat of the Rhône departmental council (whose jurisdiction, however, no longer extends over the Metropolis of Lyon since 2015.

- Lyon is the seat of a university and is the most important educational centre outside Paris. Cultural life is reflected in the riches of the local museums, which include a textile collection, the archaeological museum at Fourvière, a museum of fine arts, and a museum of printing and banking. The collections of the municipal library are noted for their specimens of items from the first 50 years of printing and for their rare books. City theatres include the Opéra, the Célestins (a municipal theatre), and some avant-garde companies that have gained national recognition. Music and drama festivals, held every year in June in the Roman theatre at Fourvière, provide a reminder of the long history of the city. 

-There are several options for taking a tourist trip around Lyon. The first is on foot, which is great on a nice day: in addition, visiting Lyon on foot is the only way to see the narrow streets of Old Lyon, which is the most attractive and interesting part of the city. Take the funiculaire up to Fourvière, from the Old Town,  just close to the Cathedral.

 For a longer visit, taking in a greater part of the city, try the tourist buses run by the Lyon Open tour; or take a boat trip on the Sâone and /or Rhône rivers. Departures from the Quai des Célestins, on the Saône, near Place Bellecour

Study in Lyon

-One thing for certain about studying abroad in Lyon is that you aren’t alone — Lyon has one of the largest student populations in France, boasting over 120,000 students, 16,000 of them international

-Lyon is the third largest city in France, and is an important center for banking and industry. It’s also home to a large number of universities and other higher education institutions, lending the city a strong student culture. The city offers all the amenities of a large city, with lots of restaurants, shops and a vibrant nightlife that students can enjoy.

The city also has plenty of cultural attractions, including museums and festivals, and the Historic Site of Lyon has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. The city has an international airport which makes travel to other countries or back home easy for international students.

-With such a large number of universities in the city, Lyon can offer most subjects at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD / doctorate level.

- The public transit system is incredibly reliable and efficient, the Lyonnais people are friendly, and everyone tries to help foreign students settle in. I’ve been here for three months now, and those first impressions haven't changed. 

-The city’s atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed, and I enjoy just being out and about, exploring and people watching, or sitting sur les quais (on the waterfront) of one of the two rivers, with friends and a bottle of wine. 

-Le Parc de la Tête d’Or (a large central park), and the attractive Croix Rousse and Fourvière districts – both on hills – are also lovely places to spend time outdoors. The old town, Vieux Lyon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is always fun to explore, as are the various markets around the city.

Advantages of the Lyon

-Almost everyone agreed that the best thing about Lyon is its location, near the Alps and not too far from the Mediterranean sea or indeed from Northern Italy and Switzerland. Readers also talked about how it is a calm city in comparison with Paris and about how good the Lyonnais food was.

- "the accessibility of some of the most beautiful natural ares in France within a 2.5 hour drive".

-While Bronwyn Bertal, who is South African, said she particularly liked Lyon for its “architecture, old and modern, with culture all in one city and an amazing public transport system”.

- The food and culture of the Lyonnais is the best in the world!", a charming, vibrant, walkable city with great cuisine, culture, and museums". 

-When a tourist to Europe considers the significant destination cities, most likely not at the top of the  things to do  list is Lyon, France. But do to its main area in France; almost anywhere you go to in the country will not be far from this genuinely remarkable city. Even back to Roman times this place had excellent value, as its area at the fork of two major navigable rivers, the Rhone and the Saone offered lyon it importance for trade and governing Gaul by the Romans.

Disadvantages of the Lyon

- "the traffic - especially during the school holidays and summer months, which also means increased pollution".


-Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty, also designed the Fontaine Bartholdi, which can be found in Lyon’s Place des Terreaux.

-Did you know that Lyon was the birthplace of cinema? The Lumière Brothers created the first motion picture in 1895 and without them, it’s unlikely that the film industry would be what it is today. Visit the Institut Lumière in Montplaisir to learn about these remarkable brothers who brought the big screen into our lives.

-It’s a well-known fact that the best way to traverse Lyon is by bike. What is less well known is the fact that this city is where the bike rental service was invented. Forget London’s Boris Bike; Lyon is where it all began! For just €15 a year, you can have unlimited access to a Vélo’v bicycle whenever you want!

-This city isn’t all croissants, cycle rides, and unrivalled views, Lyon is also an important player on the economical scene. After all, both Euronews and Interpol have their headquarters here. Not only do people visit for leisure, but it is said that a shocking 60% of Lyon’s visitors come here for business reasons.

Climate of the Lyon

-The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F).

-The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 6°C (43°F).

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