What to do in Lyon in winter?

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Top things to do and see in Lyon and around Lyon after your courses at Alliance Française !

There are plenty of activities to enjoy a wonderful winter adventure in Lyon and discover French culture : visit  museums, silk shops, go skiing in the Alps, discover the beautiful town of Annecy, wander around the streets of Lyon and enjoy the amazing Festival of Lights!

Art and culture

Picasso’s bathers exhibition at Lyon Museum of Fine Arts

In the 20’s, Picasso was spending his summer holidays in Biarritz, Dinard and Côte d’Azur. There, he discovered the bathers thematic that he reuses a few years later, in 1937, to achieve his painting “the woman on the beach”, considered as one of the best example of cubism and neoclassicism. Lyon Museum of Fine Arts proposes, in a unique exhibition, to explore from Picasso’s art work, other XXIth century artists’ work  such as Paul Cezane’s, Auguste Renoir’s, Francis Bacon’s and of course the thematic of water….

Lyon Museum of Fine Arts
20, places des Terreaux- Lyon 1st
From the 18th of march to the 13rd of July 2020

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The Gadagne Museums

If you want to improve your knowledge of Lyon and its culture, you need to visit the Gadagne Museums! Located in the center of the old city, this prestigious building is one of the biggest town house of the Renaissance period (XVI century). It is divided in two parts: one dealing with Lyon’s history, the other dedicated to the puppetry arts with more than 2 000 puppets from all over the world and a thousand of decorations, costumes, accessories, posters, programs and manuscripts.

Take advantage of this visit to discover this beautiful building’s courtyard and galleries but also the hanging gardens on the 4th floor where you can savor your Sunday brunch at Café Gadagne.

5, place du Petit Collège –Lyon 5
Metro : Line D – station Vieux Lyon
More info on opening hours and ticket prices


“Les chants de Mars” festival

During this festival, you will discover the richness and diversity of the French language … in songs !

Professionals and amateurs meet for this event since 14 years, celebrating traditional and modern French songs with pop, electro, rock or hip hop styles. 

A dozen of cultural organizations from Lyon support this festival and celebrate new projects this year: workshops, vernissages and shows.

from March 20 to 28, 2020

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Do you remember the Woodstower festival that has been organized each summer for over 20 years at the Miribel Parc? The team comes back to warm your body, heart and soul in the midst of winter!

From February the 21rst to the 23rd, 3 unavoidable places of Lyon’s nightlife (le Ninkasi Kao, le Transbordeur, la Commune) gather their efforts to offer you an incredible party. You will have the chance to listen to rap, electronical and local musics. On sunday afternoon don’t hesitate to take part in creativity workshops organized by 7ici association . It would be the occasion for you to meet people and learn how using your fingers to knit.

From February the 21st to the 23rd 2020


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Golden-stone villages

Do you need to take a break for one day? You don’t have to go to Italy to admire shining villages.

40km far away from Lyon, the villages of Beaujolais usually called “golden-stone villages” offer a total change of scenery. Go to Oingt, a medieval town registered as one of the most beautiful French villages. From its tower, you will contemplate typical regional landscapes with woods and vineyards. Outside the town and its middle-aged streets, enjoy a pleasant walk to reconnect with nature and dare tasting local wines at Domaine de la Guillardière and Fonds vieille.

Catch the train at Lyon Part Dieu train station to Legny and get off at Bois d’Oingt train station. You will need to walk 3.5 km to reach the medieval town of Oingt
Further info on train schedules and ticket prices


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Annecy, « pearl of the Alps» by the lake

Never been to Annecy ? Get in the first ouibus after your courses and discover a magical city 1h30 far from Lyon. Welcome to Haute-Savoie, a region famous for ski station, where one of the best cheeses are produced as well as delicious cold cuts. Enjoy delicious dishes from the mountains and stroll in the marvelous paved streets, parks, canals of the “perl of the Alps”. Lakesides and snowy mountains are a must. Maybe next time you will head further up ?

From January, we also offer day trip to go skiing 
ouibus, from 9€ a journey

Mountain break in Chamonix

Located 3 hours far from Lyon, Chamonix is a village where you could practice a lot of natural activities enjoying a view on the Mount Blanc range. Paradise for climbers, it is a place of encounter for those who begin their ascent to the European Highest Peak in the early morning. Do not worry, beginners could also benefit from incredible views on the mountains range. Catch the Montenvers train to contemplate stunning views on “La Mer de Glace”. Eager to live strong sensations? Catch the cable car to reach the top of the Aiguille du Midi where you will enjoy a 360° view on French, Swiss and Italian alps.

To go there,take the bus to Chamonix at Perrache train station.
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Crafts and local creation

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