Visit the idyllic city of Lyon, set against the impressive backdrop of the French Alps – preferably in a hire car. Book your hire car before you travel with TUI Cars and enjoy not just the extra flexibility and mobility, but also the added benefits included in the price, such as fully comprehensive insurance and a refund of any excess paid.
You can then pick up the car directly at the car rental office at the airport. The historical centre on the banks of the Saône features many art and cinema museums. Exploring the city is best done in the comfort of a hire car.
Lyon is a city that is closely linked to the element of light. For example, the Lumière brothers, who developed one of the first cinema projectors, were from Lyon. You can find out more about their pioneering work in the house they used to live in.
It is also worthwhile driving to Place des Terreaux to visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts, where visitors can admire ancient Egyptian art and paintings by Rembrandt, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet in over 70 galleries located there.
Discover the Cathedral of Lyon
Lyon Cathedral, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, stands majestically on the banks of the Saône River and is an integral part of the mediaeval quarter and UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Romanesque building was built in the 12th century, although some Gothic elements were added later. In addition to the magnificent façade, the 14th century astronomical clock inside the church is a highlight. This masterpiece of medieval engineering features a clockwork cock that crows and beats it wings when the clock chimes at noon, two, three and four o’clock. This is followed by a biblical scene. The beautiful windows and rosettes of the cathedral are best appreciated with the sun shining in and have been an inspiration to visitors over the centuries. Also popular with visitors is the Fête des Lumières every December. One of the highlights is the impressive illumination of the cathedra.
Important information for touring Lyon and its surroundings by car
If you are traveling by car in Lyon and the surrounding area, be sure to observe the speed limit of 130 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on trunk roads and 90 km/h on country roads.
Speed checks are frequent, especially on the roads leading up into the mountains. On the narrow serpentines keep an eye on the road signs. On mountain roads, cars moving downhill have to reverse if the opposing vehicle has no means of passing. In Lyon do not drive faster than 50 km/h and be sure to have the lights on even in daylight.