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Things to do in Rhone-Alpes

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Pour les animaux et la course a pied If you want to enjoy a zoo or for runners ”
  • 763 locals recommend
Museum
“ Si vous n'êtes pas fans d'art, entrez au moins dans la très jolie cour, reposante (gratuit) / Museum of Arts - if you're not a fan, at least enter (for free) the nice and quite courtyard”
  • 261 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The mediaeval quarter and its courtyards, galleries and "traboules" - or passageways - linking the old streets.”
  • 331 locals recommend
Church
“Very nice view over the city Go with the funicular from Vieux Lyon metro station and walk downhill through Roman theatres and Montée du Gourguillon”
  • 304 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A personal favorite. The newest Lyon museum has changing temporary exhibitions covering both ethnology and natural history. The location is right at the meeting point of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Family-friendly with lots to see on any given day. Do not miss going to the terrasse on the top floor. Easily accessible by bicycle or public transport (Tram T1 stop). Closed on Mondays, open late on Thursdays.”
  • 204 locals recommend
Plaza
“walk 650m to saint jsut station,take F1,then transder to F2 to fourviere,it's nearby.at night,the sight is sympatic.”
  • 281 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“ Ce centre commercial réunit restaurants, salles de cinéma, hypermarché, boutiques et grandes enseignes. 267 boutiques. This mall gathers restaurants, cinemas, supermarket, shops and major retailers.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Plaza
“Place de légende, office du tourisme, transports, vue imprenable sur fourviere Tourism officee, main square of the city”
  • 156 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Great views on a nice day. There are is also thye crystal museum and the famous glass box. ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Castle
“Take the telepherique/cablecar up to Bastille or hike up the steps for a magnificent view of the city. It is a military fort built in the nineteen century during the war. It now features fun attractions like the cave, views, restaurants and zipline.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The amazing landmark that makes Geneva special, has got to be the 140m high jet d'eau (water fountain). Extrait from Know-it-all passport®: In 1886, a company located at the end of the lake used to pump and distribute water under pressure for craftsmen’s machines. Since there was little need in the evening, they let the pressure escape through a small hole on one extremity at La Coulouvrenière, resulting in a water fountain of a few meters. In 1891, the City of Geneva decided to install the Jet d’Eau where it is today, on the Rade, to celebrate Switzerland’s 600th anniversary. To project half a cubic meter of water per second up to 140 meters high requires two powerful groups of motor pumps, representing a global weight of over 16 tons and a total power of close to 1,000 kilowatts, fed by an electric tension of 2,400 volts. The water is drawn in a circular water-pump and is directed towards an exit pipe where the speed reaches 200 km/h (130 miles per hour).”
  • 134 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“As you step away from the Annecy Old Town and you stroll along the main canal, the pathway will take you towards the Lac d Annecy (Lake Annecy). This is the third largest lake in France, so bring your camera, because the view is quite impressive! There are plenty of activities to choose from. You can hire a motor boat, or you can choose to get on a pedal boat and take your time relaxing whilst sunbathing in the French sunshine. Alternatively, you can choose to spend some time in the beautiful Jardins de l’Europe (Gardens of Europe). Where else you can relax at the 18th century gardens with a view over a beautiful lake and the spectacular backdrop of the mountain range. It is stunning! These days, the gardens feature a much smaller number of original plants; thus allowing for a clearer view of the lake. Win-win situation here. If you are travelling to Annecy with kids, then this will be a great place for you to stretch your legs too. The park has an extensive grassy area for kids to loose some energy and there is also a kids play park with a bunch of slides, swings and other funky toys to play with.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Science Museum
“With a unique architecture of a crystal cloud, the museum offers very interesting expos on history, science and art”
  • 120 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the most popular spots in Geneva is the Bains des Pâquis, an artificial peninsula surrounded by a lively beach that jets into the lake near Pâquis district (Rive Droite). It’s scenery is unmistakable due to the lighthouse at the end. Beach, which is very popular during hot summer days, has more than sufficient room to lie down and sunbathe, as well as easy access to the water. A magnificent view over the lake and the Jet d’Eau makes it a must place to visit. Paquis baths (Bains des Pâquis) are essentially two saunas, hammam and turkish baths; together with restaurant providing great spot for rejuvenation.”
  • 212 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Centre Commercial en plein air - Restaurants - Apple store - Hollister - G star - Zara ...”
  • 110 locals recommend
National Park
“Ales sits at the mouth of the Cevennes, one of France s most beautiful natural parks. Many activities are possible here : trekking, (along Stevenson´s path with a donkey for example), Natural grottos, exploring the old Mining areas, visiting the old silk worm barns,...”
  • 75 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Wine Bar
“Marché couvert aux produits exceptionnelles à ramener pour cuisiner ! Covered market with outstanding products to bring back and cook ! ”
  • 150 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Must see place in Lyon! Unique experience. Created in 1836, this place is a time capsule. You will find all the typical dishes from the region. If it’s your birthday, they will play music for you! Definitely recommend it.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Paid for park, with all the local wildlife easy to see. The Marmozets are our favourite. Great place to stroll around with families. Beautiful views across the valley to Mont Blanc. If you don't want a long walk, keep driving as there is nearly always a space at the top! (Summer only)”
  • 86 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Restaurant typique savoyard en vieille ville. Pour amateurs de fromage ! /// Typical savoyard restaurant located in old town. For cheese lovers!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bistro
“A really cool cooperative bar with a big terrace, cool people, and affordable drinks !”
  • 71 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Grand bar, night club, restaurant, fast food qui touche le métro de Gerland”
  • 60 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Le cadre est top et la terrasse plutôt sympa ! Musique généraliste. // The setting is top and the terrace rather nice! General music.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“une autre des péniches au bord du Rhône, des concerts certains soirs + danse les autres soirs / a bar on a barge on the Rhône, concerts on some evenings and dancing ”
  • 57 locals recommend

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