Lyon and the Alps

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  • 1. Aiguille du Midi

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This 12,619-foot granite peak is topped with a needle-like observation tower, terrace, and restaurants. The world's highest cable car soars...Read More

  • 2. Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The exterior of the magnificent Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard is the stuff of fairy tales (so much so that Walt Disney modeled Sleeping Beauty...Read More

  • 3. Mer de Glace

    Geological Site

    Literally, the "sea of ice," the Mer de Glace glacier can be seen up close from the Train du Montenvers, a cogwheel mountain train that leaves...Read More

  • 4. Musée Stendhal

    Museum/Gallery

    Established in Stendhal's grandfather's house, this museum is a fascinating testament to the eminent author. It's one of three local landmarks...Read More

  • 5. Musée-Château d'Annecy

    Museum/Gallery

    Crowning the city is one of France's most gorgeous castles, the medieval Musée-Château d'Annecy. High on a hill opposite the Palais and bristling...Read More

  • 6. Rue du Bœuf

    Vieux Lyon | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Like parallel Rue St-Jean, Rue du Bœuf has traboules, courtyards, spiral staircases, towers, and facades. The traboule at No. 31 hooks through...Read More

  • 7. Rue St-Jean

    Vieux Lyon | Neighborhood/Street

    Once Vieux Lyon's major thoroughfare, this street leads north from Place St-Jean to Place du Change, where money changers operated during medieval...Read More

  • 8. Théâtre Romain

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Measuring 143 yards across, the Théâtre Romain is one of the largest in Gaul. It held 13,000 spectators and is only slightly smaller than Rome...Read More

  • 9. Basilique de Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière

    Fourvière | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The rather pompous late-19th-century basilica, at the top of the ficelle (funicular railway), is—for better or worse—the symbol of Lyon. Its...Read More

  • 10. Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay

    Presqu'île | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This fortified church dates back to a 10th-century Benedictine abbey and a 9th-century sanctuary before that. The millenary energy field is...Read More

  • 11. Belvédère of le Rocher de Châteauvieux

    Building/Architectural Site

    Situated in the old religious quarter high over the town, this 14th-century fortification (built in 1359) provides an exceptional 360-degree...Read More

  • 12. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Despite its 12th-century exterior, the 19th-century interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is somewhat bland. But don't miss the adjoining bishop...Read More

  • 13. Cathédrale Saint-Vincent

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1119 on the Rocher de Chateauviex and adjacent to the 11th-century Tour Saint-Michel, this elegant cathedral is a mix of medieval Romanesque...Read More

  • 14. Cathédrale St-Jean

    Vieux Lyon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Solid and determined—having withstood the sieges of time, revolution, and war—the cathedral's stumpy facade is stuck almost bashfully onto the...Read More

  • 15. Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

    Part-Dieu | Museum/Gallery

    During World War II, Lyon played an important role in the Resistance movement against the German occupation of France. Newly renovated displays...Read More

  • 16. Centre National d'Art Contemporain

    Museum/Gallery

    Contemporary art enthusiasts should check out the Centre National d'Art Contemporain. Behind the train station in an out-of-the-way district...Read More

  • 17. Chapelle Saint-Ostian

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A scenic mile-and-a-half walk from town takes you to this tiny rural chapel, set among shady trees and vineyards, built in honor of the 6th...Read More

  • 18. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Tournon's hefty Château, dating to the 15th and 16th centuries, is the chief attraction. The castle's twin terraces have wonderful views of...Read More

  • 19. Château de Corcelles

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The 15th-century Château de Corcelles is noted for its Renaissance galleries, canopied courtyard well, and medieval carvings in its chapel....Read More

  • 20. Château des Ducs de Savoie

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Chambéry's premier sight, the 14th-century Château des Ducs de Savoie, features one of Europe's largest carillons. Its Gothic Ste-Chapelle has...Read More

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