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Bellecour Square

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Bellecour Square is an enormous square that serves as the central hub of Lyon. Join locals and other travelers at this common meeting spot on a peninsula between the city’s two rivers. Gaze up at the equestrian statue of Louis XIV standing proudly in the heart of the plaza.

Capture photos of the stately structures surrounding the expansive pedestrian site. The city’s tourist office and central post office are housed in these majestic buildings. Dine at one of the restaurants and cafés with tables spilling out into the square. Have coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy people-watching in this busy area.

In the western part of the plaza, see the statue of the Little Prince from the famous children’s tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It honors the legendary writer, who was born in Lyon, depicting him sitting in front of his literary creation.

Notice the central statue of King Louis XIV atop a horse, typical of squares throughout France. The original version was destroyed during the French Revolution and replaced in the 1800s.

Skate on the ice rink in winter, when the square has a particularly romantic atmosphere. A Ferris wheel is installed before Christmas and is a hit with the kids. Check for concerts and other live events in the large plaza, which also hosts rallies and demonstrations.

The square has changed names many times over the centuries to reflect the changing French attitudes towards the monarchy. It began as Beautiful Garden and Royal Square before becoming Louis the Great Square, in honor of the king. During the French Revolution it was known as Federation Square and Equality Square.

Bellecour Square is just north of the Ainay district in the center of Lyon between the two rivers of Le Rhône and La Saône. Nearby attractions include the Grand Synagogue of Lyon, the old town and several beautiful bridges. Take the metro to Bellecour station.

Popular Activities at Bellecour Square

Make the most of your visit to Bellecour Square. Here's a list of the best things to do:

How about making your visit a little more unique? A Tandem Bike City Tour and a Private City Center, Croix-Rousse & Fourvière Hill Tour in a Tuk Tuk are both worth thinking about.

Have a look at our Lyon things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.


Guide to Exploring Bellecour Square


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Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon ¥12,560
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

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129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 482 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Part Dieu Mall and Bellecour Square. Tete d'Or Park and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 3 mi (5 km). Part-Dieu - Servient Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Palais de Justice - Mairie du 3eme Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

    Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône ¥7,415
    Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône

    Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône

    4-6 Rue Mortier, Lyon, Rhone
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 692 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bellecour Square and Place des Jacobins. Lyon Opera and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 2 mi (3 km). Guillotiere Station and Guillotiere Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hôtel Berlioz ¥6,855
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      Hôtel Berlioz

      12 cours Charlemagne, Lyon, Rhone
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 317 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place Carnot, Lyon Confluence Shopping Center, and Textile Museum. Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation and Bellecour Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Suchet Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Lyon Perrache Station is 5 minutes.

        Hotel du Helder ¥5,952
        Hotel du Helder

        Hotel du Helder

        38 Rue De Marseille, Lyon, Rhone
           
          3.1
          of 5, from 1,539 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bellecour Square and Lyon Cathedral. Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and Lyon Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts) are also within 2 mi (3 km). Saint-André Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Rue de l'Universite Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

          OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette ¥13,546
          OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

          OKKO Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

          14 bis, quai General Sarrail, Lyon, Rhone
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 928 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lyon Opera, Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville), and Terreaux Square (Place des Terreaux). Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cordeliers Bourse Station is 8 minutes by foot and Liberte Tram Stop is 9 minutes.

            Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel ¥16,110
            Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

            Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

            4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 627 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Lyon Opera and Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville) are also within 15 minutes. Cordeliers Bourse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bellecour Station is 6 minutes.

              Hôtel des Artistes ¥11,161
              Hôtel des Artistes

              Hôtel des Artistes

              8, Rue Gaspard André, Lyon, Rhone
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 973 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre des Celestins and Bellecour Square. Terreaux Square (Place des Terreaux) and Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville) are also within 15 minutes. Bellecour Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vieux Lyon Station is 8 minutes.

                Sofitel Lyon Bellecour ¥16,685
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                Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

                20 Quai Gailleton, Lyon, Rhone
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 540 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Lyon hotel is located on a river, within a 10-minute walk of Textile Museum and Bellecour Square. Lyon City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and Terreaux Square (Place des Terreaux) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellecour Station is 7 minutes by foot and Ampere-Victor Hugo Station is 8 minutes.