With three days in UNESCO-listed Lyon, you have plenty of time to experience the city’s history, cuisine, and surrounding vineyards. Cross the Saône and Rhône rivers, step into the cathedral, taste world-renowned wine, and more. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Lyon.
Lyon Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice Historique de Lyon)
1 Rue du Palais de Justice, Lyon, France
Dating to 1842, the Palace of Justice was designed by French architect Louis-Pierre Baltard, and today remains one of Lyon's celebrated 19th-century buildings. This fully functioning courthouse is home to the Rhône Assize court and the city's Court of Appeals. Visiting is easy via public transportation, since the court is near the Vieux Lyon metro stop. City tours also typically stop in the Old Lyon and pass the Palace of Justice. For the best views, enjoy a stroll along the Saône.
Things to know before you go
- Architecture enthusiasts shouldn't miss the façade’s 24 columns, and grand exterior staircase.
- Visit in December to see the building's columns lit up at night, during Lyon's yearly Festival of Lights.
- Enjoy picturesque views of the courthouse by crossing the Saône on the Passerelle de Palais du Justice.
- Do more in less time by combining a visit to the Lyon Palace of Justice with a walking tour around the Old Lyon.
How to get there
The courthouse is located at 1 Rue du Palais de Justice, in Old Lyon. The easiest way to visit the courthouse is by metro. Hop on the D line, and get off at the Vieux Lyon metro station. For a scenic stroll to the courthouse, exit the station, walk to Quai Romain Rolland, and head north. You'll see the colonnaded building on your left. Visitors find courtroom access via the Quai Romain Rolland entrance.
When to get there
The Palace of Justice is open daily, during the week, from 8:45am until 12pm, and then again from 1:15pm until 5pm. In July and August, the court closes one hour earlier, at 4pm. Plan to arrive during the day, to enjoy the building's exterior detailing, or arrive during the Festival of Lights to see the building lit dramatically.
Where to Visit a Historic Cathedral
Lyon's Cathédrale St-Jean—only a few blocks from the Palace of Justice—is situated in the heart of Old Lyon. It serves as a spectacular example of 12th-century architecture. Visitors enjoy the Gothic detailing, the ancient, stained-glass windows, and the ornate astronomical clock, complete with the perpetual calendar. The cathedral is free to visit, and open daily, all year round.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
- Musée Miniature et Cinéma
- Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)
- Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)
- Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)
- Lyon Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon)
- Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon)
- Bellecour Square (Place Bellecour)
- Lyon Les Halles Market (Les Halles Paul Bocuse)
- Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon)
- Tête d'Or Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or)
- Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (Musée d'art Contemporain de Lyon)
- Lumière Institute (Institut Lumière)
- Resistance and Deportation History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation)