Fourvière Hill in Lyon is centered around an ornate historic Catholic Basilica and offers city overlooks, towers, ancient Roman theaters that are still in use today and museums. This hill is a destination for visitors to Lyon as it is in many ways the heart of the city's ancient Roman roots, where a forum was once located.

Here you can capture breath-taking views of the city below while exploring the history of the entire region. Whether you're on a romantic escape for two, a family vacation or you're just looking to capture an Instagram photo, you'll find it here.

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What are the highlights of Fourvière Hill in Lyon?

Fourvière Hill in Lyon is reached by a funicular ride, which unto itself is a highlight of the journey. When you reach the top, you'll find a wide variety of sites that are highlights. Start with the Notre Dame Basilica that offers panoramic views of the city and stunning architecture. Then explore the Théatre Gallo-Romain, the ruins of an ancient Roman theater where even today events and concerts take place.

You can also explore vast and beautiful parks and gardens. When you're done, head back down and hit one of the many brasseries at the base for dinner and beverages.

What else is good to know about Fourvière Hill in Lyon?

Some of the sites at the top of the hill are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and that means visiting them comes with an extra responsibility to take care and not disturb the buildings, statuary or art you see. While many of the attractions here are accessible to people with disabilities, be aware that others do require navigating stairs.

Several restaurants can be found atop the hill, but the base is dotted with brasseries offering many varieties of craft beer, locally brewed and imported. Many attractions here have their own carparks, but the hill is walkable if you take the funicular.

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Fourvière Hill in Lyon