The center of Lyon is Place Bellecour which is considered as one of the biggest squares in Europe. I usually start my day from there and I will do my itinerary planning on one of their benches while I also observe the whole of Lyon pass by in front of my eyes. An odd and lonely statue of Louis XIV is the landmark of this famous square erected right in the middle of it. From this point, you will be able to access the rest of Lyon easily by foot, train, bus or even the big bus tour. The tourism office is also located here where you can get your Lyon city cards or book your tours or buy your souvenir or maybe just to get your Lyon city map. A public toilet is also available behind the tourist office.
It might be a vast, empty space for some but this square is actually a venue for a lot of events all-year round:
* concerts and events including a book fair or a distribution of the “Petit Paumé”.
* often the passage location of many students or trade union demonstrations.
* On the weekend of Pentecost, there is a contest of pétanque.
* Every Friday night, the square is the starting point of a roller ride .
* In winter, a 60-meters Ferris wheel is installed on the Place Antonin Poncet. Since 2006, due to extensive works, the wheel is located a few meters further, on the Place Bellecour. It is dismantled in early March.
For me, Place Bellecour is not really a place to “see” but a place to be in since you won’t be able to skip this altogether as you’ll definitely pass by it no matter where you want to go.
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