Lyon and its cultural heritage
The capital of Gaul has preserved a magnificent historical heritage and, during visits, it reveals its charms to visitors. Our establishment’s central and privileged location will allow you to discover the different neighbourhoods and unmissable sites of Lyon in complete simplicity. On foot, by bicycle, on Segway, or on the upper deck of a bus: plenty of choice to admire the treasures of the City of Lights according to your wishes!
The Hôtel Alexandra is located on the Presqu’île of Lyon, the heart of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to the city’s main monuments, which are laid out along its magnificent Renaissance or Haussmann style streets: a short walk from the Hôtel Alexandra, set out to discover Hôtel-Dieu and its imposing facade, the Théâtre des Célestins and the Opera. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon: a 20-minute walk from the 4-star Hôtel Alexandra4 étoiles, it comprises 70 rooms and offers a major collection of paintings, sculptures, pieces of art and graphic art covering all the periods from Antiquity to the present-day.
Just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel, Place Bellecour is a mythical site which you should take time to discover. The 3rd largest square in France and the largest pedestrianised square in Europe is a must and has a rich past. It is an ideal place for walks where you will be able to discover the equestrian statue of Louis XIV and the Petit Prince and a children’s play area. It is also home to the city’s Tourist Office, a brewery and, in the winter, an ice-skating rink and a Big Wheel. Its central location means that it is a major hub in the city, not far from the City Hall, the Opera and the main streets where you will find luxury stores and traditional restaurants.
To the north of the Presqu’île, the famous La Croix-Rousse neighbourhood still has signs of its rich past, from the Gallo-Roman period, with the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, a symbol of the city’s ancient past, and the “canuts” residences (named after the silk workers) dating from the 19th century, a reminder of the city’s industrial past and of the lives of its workers. This neighbourhood-village is characterised by its ”slopes“, its ”traboules” and the “village” atmosphere which reigns up on this plateau, accessible by metro from the Presqu’île. La Croix Rousse is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
The south of the Presqu’île is characterised by the emergence of the Confluence neighbourhood of offices and residences recognised as an eco-neighbourhood and a sustainable district.
Make your way to the Confluences Museum with its modern architecture which blends perfectly into this new neighbourhood. It opened its doors at the end of 2014, at the tip of the Presqu’île, between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, a few minutes from the Hôtel Alexandra. This natural history museum recounts the story of the Earth, humanity and societies through a vast collection of 2.2 million objects laid out over an area of 22,000 m², from prehistoric times to the modern age.
Also, pay a visit to Vieux-Lyon, at the foot of the Fourvière Hill. There, you will find an impressive collection of historical and architectural heritage, marked by a Renaissance style and a fragrance of Italy. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and brings together many buildings which are well worth a visit: the Maison de Guignol, Saint-Georges Church, Saint-Jean Cathedral, the Tour Rose and its courtyard. Gourmets will also find many “bouchons” of Lyon there, where it is possible to sample the local gastronomy!
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