Europe's biggest pedestrian square will amaze you.
The very heart of the city
During your stay in Lyon you will surely find yourself passing through here more than once, as it truly is a major hub of the central city. For one thing, two of Lyon's most important commercial thoroughfares, Rue de la République and Rue Victor-Hugo, begin here. The Place Bellecoeur is also famous for its strikingly pink pavement, as well as one of the best views in town: the panorama over the river crowned by the basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. It's surrounded by trees and historic buildings, and in the centre there's an enormous equestrian statue of King Louis XIV. Also look for the little homage to 20th-century writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry along one edge of the square.