Wandering the streets of Lyon, the city’s incredible murals are difficult to miss. These huge, beautiful paintings adorn buildings and walls, capturing the essence of life in this vibrant city.

La Fresque des Lyonnais

The La Fresque des Lyonnais captures the images of all of Lyon’s most famous residents from ancient times to the present day.

The frescoes have been created by many different artists, including Cité Création, which is also responsible for murals in many other cities. Along with Berlin, Lyon is one of Europe’s most famous mural cities.

mural in croix-rousse lyon

small murals Lyon

Photo by John Spirov

It’s easy to see the murals with or without a guide. Turn a few corners and you’ll likely encounter one – Lyon has around 100! If you don’t want to leave it to chance, it’s possible to take a guided tour by bus or to use the new Lyon Tourism and Conventions iPhone app (look for “Murs Peints”).

mur de canuts lyon

The Mur de Canuts (or “Silk Weavers’ Wall”) was the first to be painted in Lyon. This 1200 square metre painting tells the story of the Croix-Rousse district and is updated every decade.

lyon mural with plants For a museum of murals, head out to the Tony Garnier Urban Museum, which is an open-air museum dedicated to this iconic architect that will help you learn more about the city of Lyon as well. More on this in our next post.

lyon mural building

bottom mural lyon

Our time in Lyon was hosted by Rhône-Alpes Tourisme and ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès. All opinions, however, are always our own.


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  • http://www.thewondernuts.com nicole | the wondernuts

    Those murals are intense! That first photo, I was all: “wow, all those people sure love schmoozing on their balconies…” I love public art (that’s tasteful, although I kinda dig the LA River), it really brings vibrancy to a city.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Hahaha – I know, wouldn’t it be great to live in a building like that if they were real? What a party!

  • http://www.sophiesworld.net Sophie

    Never seen anything like this, not even in Brussels. Love it! My fave Lyon inspiration of yours yet.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Does Brussels have a lot of street art? I have not been…

  • http://travel-made-simple.com Ali

    Wow, these are really elaborate and so well done! Not what I normally expect from street art.

    • inspiringtravellers

      My understanding is that these are commissioned, so I guess the standards are a little higher. The process of who decides what goes where and why must be so interesting…

  • http://www.usedyorkcity.com Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Ahh, the best form of street art! I love murals, they add such a unique flare to outdoor spaces in a city. Also love the realistic murals presented here…!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I agree! This is the first time I came across so many in one city…really livens things up!

  • Ray @Stingytraveller

    You really captured some great murals throughout the city.

  • http://worldcurioustraveler.wordpress.com Mary R

    You captured so many great images! I love to find murals when I travel. I especially like the one of the staircase. I actually thought that was a real staircase for a moment.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Me too – even face to face on the street these murals are so realistic!

  • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

    Oh wow! Those murals are brilliant. :-) I would wander happily from mural to mural taking in all the details. Fantastic. :-)

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  • http://incometherapy.com Mike Carlson

    The murals are all amazing. I was even deceived at first.

  • http://TravelingCanucks.com Cam @ Traveling Canucks

    Cool photos! Lucerne Switzerland has similar murals on its buildings. Love the creativity

    • inspiringtravellers

      Oh cool – have not been to Lucerne but it’s on my list!

  • http://jdombstravels.com/ Jennifer

    Great photos of the murals! Those are so interesting and I would love to see them!

    • inspiringtravellers

      They really are – so detailed!

  • http://www.thetravelchica.com Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    I have to admit these are better than the ones I just posted about in Columbus, Ohio :-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Ah, will head over and check those out soon…cool!

  • http://europeantravelista.com Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    What a great way to enjoy art! This would be wonderful to experience.

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