Lyon is located in the East of France, between the Rhône and Saône rivers. It is the capital of the Rhone department and the region of the Rhone-Alpes. Citizens of Lyon are called « Lyonnais ».

Lyon is a geographic crossroads, situated north of the Rhone valley, which stretches from Lyon to Marseille. Situated between the Massif Central on in the west and the Alps in the east, the city of Lyon is a strategic intersection for North-South circulation in Europe.

The old capital of Gaules in the Roman Empire, Lyon became an exhibition place during the Middles Ages, and was a major center for commerce from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Its economic prosperity has thrived thanks to the early silk monopoly, then thanks to expansion of the textile and chemical industries.

Lyon is historically an industrial city and a host of petrochemical industries located along the Saone and Rhone rivers, which was called the "Chemical Corridor". Since the departure and closing of textiles industries, Lyon has refocused progressively on high-technology activities, like health care and biotechnology.

Lyon is also the second student city of France, with three Universities, with two in human & social sciences, and Lyon 1, the number 1 scientific university in terms of people and budget.


Finally, the city has preserved an important heritage from the Roman Empire to the 20th century, and as a result, is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lyon is also well-known for its gastronomy. The city is honored by the talents of its world-renowed master chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Eugenie Brazier. You can taste the local “haute cuisine” in local restaurants, referred to as : the « Bouchons Lyonnais ». Among known delicacies : Salad Lyonnais, Rosette de Lyon, Tripes, Quenelles, but also famous cheeses like Mont d'Or, Cervelle de canut and famous sweets like Coussins, Bugnes or Papillotes.


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