Parc de la Tête d'Or - Lyon

Magnificent English-style park which remains today the most beautiful urban park in France.

It was on February 22, 1856, during a meeting of the city council, that Senator Vaîsse, Prefect and Mayor of Lyon, admitted the need to create a new and vast space for the people of Lyon to walk and relax. Work began in 1857 and it took five years to complete this magnificent English-style park, which remains the most beautiful urban park in France. As for the origin of the name "Parc de la tête d'or", it is found in a very old tradition which wants a treasure, including the head of Christ in gold, is still somewhere under the ground.

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Duration: 2 h.

Entrance Main Door

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Entrance Main Door
Door of the children of the Rhone.

The island of memory

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The island of memory
The island of remembrance (formerly the island of swans) was created in the aftermath of the First World War by Tony Garnier. The walls of the esplanade are engraved with the 10,600 people of Lyon who died for France. It is accessed by a pedestrian tunnel.

Rose Garden

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Rose Garden
Many varieties of plants are found in this area. Photographers will be delighted.

Passage to the Velodrome

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Passage to the Velodrome

View on the lake and Fourvière

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View on the lake and Fourvière

The Zoological Park

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The Zoological Park
The Zoological Park is inside the Parc de la Tête d'Or. It is of course free and allows you to discover a wide range of animals with its African plain (monkeys, zebras, giraffes, lions...).

Botanical Garden

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Botanical Garden
Founded in 1796, the botanical garden of the Parc de la Tête d'Or is the richest municipal garden in France. Its collections, by their quality and rarity, are among the most beautiful in the world.

The Alpine garden

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The Alpine garden
The Alpine Garden presents a variety of plants from the main mountain ranges: the Alps, the Pyrenees, but also the Rocky Mountains, the Andes, the Himalayas, New Zealand, Asia... more than 1,800 different species.

Serres

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Serres
Many varieties of plants are present in these greenhouses.

Fun Zone

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Fun Zone
This play area is the meeting place for all our little ones. A merry-go-round and some animations are present all year long as well as a puppet theatre.

Restaurant by the lake

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Restaurant by the lake
Possibility to eat in a snack bar on the lake. There is a landing stage nearby where you can rent rosalia, pedal boats and rowing boats.

Back to the starting point

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Back to the starting point
Departure point (Google Maps)

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