Lyon and the Alps

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Lyon and the Alps - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Musée Stendhal


    Established in Stendhal's grandfather's house, this museum is a fascinating testament to the eminent author. It's one of three local landmarks...Read More

  • 2. Musée-Château d'Annecy


    Crowning the city is one of France's most gorgeous castles, the medieval Musée-Château d'Annecy. High on a hill opposite the Palais and bristling...Read More

  • 3. Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

    Part-Dieu | Museum/Gallery

    During World War II, Lyon played an important role in the Resistance movement against the German occupation of France. Newly renovated displays...Read More

  • 4. Centre National d'Art Contemporain


    Contemporary art enthusiasts should check out the Centre National d'Art Contemporain. Behind the train station in an out-of-the-way district...Read More

  • 5. Institut Lumière

    Part-Dieu | Museum/Gallery

    On the site where the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, invented cinematography in their family home, this museum has daily showings of early...Read More

  • 6. Maison des Canuts

    La Croix Rousse | Museum/Gallery

    Old-time Jacquard looms are still in action at this historic house in La Croix Rousse, and the weavers are happy to show children how the process...Read More

  • 7. Musée Alpin


    Chamonix was little more than a quiet mountain village until a group of Englishmen "discovered" the spot in 1741 and sang its praises far and...Read More

  • 8. Musée Dauphinois


    On the north side of the River Isère is Rue Maurice-Gignoux, lined with gardens, cafés, mansions, and a 17th-century convent that contains the...Read More

  • 9. Musée de Grenoble


    Place de Lavalette—on the south side of the river, where most of Grenoble is concentrated—is where you'll find the Musée de Grenoble. Founded...Read More

  • 10. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    Presqu'île | Museum/Gallery

    In the elegant 17th-century Palais St-Pierre, formerly a Benedictine abbey, this museum houses one of France's largest art collections after...Read More

  • 11. Musée des Tissus et Musée des Arts Décoratifs

    Presqu'île | Museum/Gallery

    These two museums recently combined to create one of France's most extensive collections of decorative arts and the world's largest textile...Read More

  • 12. Musée du Vieux Pérouges


    To one side of Place de la Halle, the Musée du Vieux Pérouges contains local artifacts and a reconstructed weaver's workshop. The medieval garden...Read More

  • 13. Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière

    Fourvière | Museum/Gallery

    Since 1933, systematic excavations have unearthed vestiges of Lyon's opulent Roman precursor. The statues, mosaics, vases, coins, and tombstones...Read More

  • 14. Musée Urbain Tony Garnier

    Quartier des États-Unis | Museum/Gallery

    Built between 1920 and 1933, this project (also known as the Cité de la Création), was France's first attempt at low-income housing. Tenants...Read More

  • 15. Musées Gadagne

    Vieux Lyon | Museum/Gallery

    These two museums are housed in the city's largest ensemble of Renaissance buildings, the Hôtel de Gadagne, built between the 14th and 16th...Read More

  • 16. Palais Lesdiguières


    On the south side of the River Isère and nearly opposite the cable-car stop is the Jardin de Ville—an open space filled with immense plane trees...Read More

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