A West Ham tour guide in Lyon ahead of the vital Europa League game
A West Ham fan’s guide to Lyon ahead of the Hammers’ vital Europa League quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is one of the most famous ski destinations in Europe. Located on the border of Switzerland and Italy, skiers enjoy skiing through the mountains and staying in five-star chalets. This French region will welcome a new group of tourists this Thursday, as West Ham United fans descend on the city for the next leg of our European adventure.
QUICK FACTS – FRANCE
Name in official language France
Telephone code +33
WHERE IS LYON?
Lyon is the third largest city in France and has the second largest agglomeration in the country. It is known for its many universities and colleges, and it is considered a popular student city.
Ancient Roman civilization, Lyon is today a major industrial and financial center. It is a key manufacturer in the fields of biotechnology, computer software, chemical engineering and finance. Lyon is also known for its role in French cinema, and it is credited with inventing cinematography. Arts and culture are prevalent in this city, and you can discover how Lyon has contributed to French culture over the past 100 years.
WHAT CAN I DO THERE?
Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière
The Basilica has dominated Lyon for more than 125 years. It was originally built with private funds from 1872 to 1896, and it was built on the grounds of an ancient Roman forum.
Today, the basilica attracts tourists due to its western architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. A children’s choir performs weekly at the basilica. Taking a guided tour of the basilica is recommended, as tours attract up to 2,000,000 people a year.
Old Lyon (Old Lyon)
It is common for French cities to have a Renaissance district (arrondissement). These areas are preserved in their original 16th century structure and show visitors what the city looked like 600 years ago.
Old Lyon is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has red brick buildings, narrow streets, cathedrals and aristocratic houses. Lyon Cathedral is located on the outskirts of the district, as well as two hotels and a museum. It will take about four hours to explore the whole neighborhood, so manage your time wisely if you plan to go.
Historical Courthouse of Lyon
Often called “the palace of the twenty-four columns”, the courthouse has hosted some of the most famous trials in France. Many SS officers were tried in this courthouse after World War II.
It has undergone restoration work over the past 14 years to make the building more accessible and safer. The courthouse is still used for court meetings and trials to this day.
WHAT IS THE STADIUM AT?
Lyon Olympic Park
West Ham fans will be outside the now known as Groupama Stadium. Located in Décines-Charpieu in the Metropolis of Lyon. It was opened in January 2016, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring the first goal at the new site. The stadium has a capacity of over 59,000 and has been used to host concerts, international football matches and rugby matches.
How to get there
The Lyon tramway has two stations in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. Lines T7 and T3 both pass in front of the stadium and you can choose between or. If you choose to ride on the T7 line, you will have to get off at Décines OL Vallée; it’s right in front of the stadium. Alternatively, Décines Grand Large on line T3 is 800 meters from the stadium.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE GOING?
Beware of cybercrime
Cybercrime is a problem in France and criminals can hack into public internet sources to retrieve personal information. It is advisable to be careful how you use public Wi-Fi networks. Be careful if you plan to use these networks, as some may be insecure and put you at risk of being hacked.
Know how to cross the road
West Ham fans who traveled to Belgium for the game in Genk might remember the ‘priority to the right’ rule. The same principle applies in France as in Belgium: drivers and pedestrians must yield to vehicles coming from the right. Tourists sometimes do not understand what this rule means, which leads to accidents.
Don’t hide your face
It is forbidden in France to cover your face in public places. Religious reasons do not make you exempt from this rule, and that alone has sparked controversy in France among the ethnic communities. If you do, you risk a fine.