Lyon, the third largest city in France, was for a long while considered drab and uneventful. Today, one would find this description hard to believe after spending some time in this picturesque city. Thanks to some corrective urban planning, Lyon has quickly become one of the most attractive travel destinations in Europe. With stunning architecture, a rich history, and a well-developed gastronomic culture, Lyon has a lot to offer.

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Lyon’s historical interest stems from its well-preserved sites. These beautiful pieces of historical architecture allow visitors to get some sense of what it must have been like to experience life 2000 years ago.

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Lyon was founded by the Romans in 43BC, and one of its most important attractions is the Gallo-Roman theatre in Fourvière, a beautifully designed amphitheatre that was once the center of Roman cultural in the ancient town then known as Lugdunum.

The amphitheatre is only one of many stunning buildings in Lyon. Don’t miss the Basilica of Notre-Dame, a minor basilica that features fine stained glass windows and superb mosaics attracting more than 1.5 million visitors a year.

In what was once a Benedictine Abbey is The Beaux Arts Museum with one of the richest 19th-century art collections in France. Here you’ll find works by Picasso, Bonnard, and Braque as well as fascinating pieces of Persian, Phoenician, and Egyptian art.


Visiting Lyon without tasting one of the local Beaujolais wines is a definite “no-no”. Every November a festival is held to celebrate the latest release of these light and fruity wines, but you can enjoy a great glass throughout the year.

Even if you’re on a tight budget, getting a lousy meal in Lyon will be harder than getting a good one. Lyon has been the capital of French gastronomy for centuries. It is home to some of the best chefs in France including Paul Bocuse who operates a number of fabulous brasseries and restaurants throughout the Lyon area.

Land-Based Casinos

To top off a day of leisure with some quality European casino fun, check out the Lion Vert Casino or the Grande Casino le Pharaon.

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    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

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    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.