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5th Arrondissement

Explore this compelling city district, which encompasses Lyon’s most famous sites, including Fourvière hill and Vieux Lyon.

Stretching along the banks of the River Saône, Lyon’s 5th Arrondissement is home to the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Wander around the 5th Arrondissement to view Lyon’s hidden passageways, the monumental basilica on Fourvière hill and the quaint squares and cobbled streets of the Vieux Lyon. 

Begin in Vieux Lyon, the colorful Renaissance quarter of the city that stretches from the River Saône to Fourvière. Admire the well-preserved and colorful historic houses as you amble along, and look for signs indicating that there are hidden passageways, known as traboules, nearby. 

Dating back to the 4th century, covered traboules were used by silk workers in the 5th Arrondissement to carry their precious textiles from their workshops to the river, thus avoiding damage during inclement weather. Many of the traboules are now at least partially open to the public, so if you see a sign, feel free to venture in. Try to keep noise to a minimum though, as many of these secret passageways lead through private properties.

Visit the trio of famous churches in the Vieux Lyon neighborhood. Start at Saint-George, which overlooks the River Saône, before continuing farther north to the St. Jean Cathedral and the Gothic Saint-Paul. Check out the souvenir shops on Rue St. Jean or browse the collection at museums, such as the movie-themed Musée Miniature et Cinéma and history-focused Musées Gadagne.

Walk or catch the funicular up Fourvière hill, where you can visit the Roman Theatres of Fourvière, the informative Musées Gallo-Romains and the iconic Notre-Dame Basilica. Bring your camera with you; this hilltop vantage point at Fourvière offers some of the best panoramic views in the city.

When you’ve had enough sightseeing, the 5th Arrondissement also has plenty of interesting cafés, bars and restaurants to relax in, as well as independent boutiques for shopping.

Find maps and further information for the 5th Arrondissement at the tourist office on Place Bellecour, just across the Saône. The neighborhood is served by the Vieux Lyon metro station and by funicular stations at Minimes, St. Just and Fourvière.


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Hotel la Tour Rose

Hotel la Tour Rose

22 Rue Du Boeuf, Lyon
3.3
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musée Miniature et Cinéma and St. Jean Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum and Bellecour Square are also within 15 minutes.

£57
Hôtel Saint Paul Lyon

Hôtel Saint Paul Lyon

6 Rue Lainerie, Lyon
3.3
of 5, from 23 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guignol Theater, St. Jean Cathedral, and Terreaux Square. Lyon Museum of Fine Arts and Lyon City Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£247
Villa Florentine

Villa Florentine

25-27 Montée Saint Barthelemy, Lyon
4.6
of 5, from 71 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musées Gadagne and St. Jean Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum and Roman Theatres of Fourviere are also within 15 minutes.

£80
Collège Hôtel

Collège Hôtel

5 Place Saint-Paul, Lyon
3.8
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guignol Theater, St. Jean Cathedral, and Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. Terreaux Square and Lyon City Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£90
Le Phenix Hotel

Le Phenix Hotel

7 Quai De Bondy, Lyon
4.1
of 5, from 136 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quai de Bondy Vaporetto Stop, Terreaux Square, and Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. Lyon City Hall and Lyon Opera are also within 10 minutes.

£104
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon
4.5
of 5, from 36 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman ruins, Roman Theatres of Fourviere, and Gallo-Roman Museum. Notre Dame Basilica and St. Jean Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£202
Cour des Loges

Cour des Loges

6 rue du Boeuf, Lyon
4.3
of 5, from 142 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Lyon hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Lyon History Museum and St. Jean Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum and Bellecour Square are also within 15 minutes.

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