Why come to Lyon



Classed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998, the former capital of Gaul, Lyon, boasts over 2,000 years of history. Its exceptional heritage is enriched by the signature works of contemporary architects: Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Coop Himmelb(l)au.

The city is also renowned for its gastronomy, in large part thanks to Paul Bocuse, who will soon celebrate his 50th anniversary as a 3-star chef! With 15 Michelin-star restaurants, the future Cité de la Gastronomie and 4,000 eateries to its name, Lyon doesn’t need to prove that it is World’s Capital of Gastronomy.

With the promenades and leisure facilities along the banks of the Rhône and Saône, as well as the Tête d’Or Park – a veritable green lung in the heart of the city-, and the complete renovation of the Confluence District, Lyon offers an ideal quality of life prized by many executives who voted Lyon the most attractive city in which to live and work. (APEC study 2014).

Ideally located in the south-east of France, Lyon, capital of the Rhône Alpes region is just two hours by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and a mere 90 minutes from the Mediterranean coast and major Alpine ski resorts. You can fly to 115 destinations from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport, which receives 8,5 million passengers each year.

Over the centuries, many Lyonnais have made their mark in the history of science, art and creation: the Lumière brothers (inventors of cinema), André Ampère (for his achievements in Physics), and Claude Bernard & Marcel Mérieux (in the field of medicine). Lyon has always been a land of innovation and it continues to develop research centres and scientific clusters at the cutting edge of life sciences, green-tech and digital technology.

Because it is a dynamic city that embraces growth and innovation, Lyon rivals a number of other major European cities:

  • The number of patents registered; Lyon has the 2nd highest number of patents filed in France. Collaborations between companies and higher education & research establishments, as well as the total sum spent on research and development explain why!
  • Spending on research and development in the Rhône-Alpes region is comparable to that of Finland, Denmark, Madrid and Barcelona combined.
  • R&D: 5,6 billion euros were invested in the region in 2012 (12% of the national total).
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