Wedged between the Rhône and Saône rivers, Caluire-et-Cuire is a sprawling suburb north of central Lyon. It’s a convenient base for exploring Lyon’s museums, parks and architectural landmarks and holds strong ties to one of the French Resistance’s most prominent individuals.
Things to do in Caluire-et-Cuire
Near the bank of the Saône River is a memorial to Jean Moulin, who was one of the highest-profile members of the French Resistance. In 1943, he was arrested at the home of a doctor in Caluire-et-Cuire and interrogated by the Gestapo. Admire the statue of Moulin that stands outside the doctor’s residence or join a guided tour to learn more about the raid while exploring the interior.
Spanning the Rhône River on the other side of Caluire-et-Cuire is the Passerelle de la Paix, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that connects to Lyon’s 6th arrondissement. It was designed by Austrian architect Dietmar Feichtinger and opened to the public in 2014, with its name (“Skyway of Peace”) chosen in a bid to foster intercultural harmony.
The Passerelle de la Paix is a convenient way of accessing the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, which occupies a building designed by Renzo Piano. It lies on the edge of Parc de la Tête d’Or, a 19th-century green space dotted with ornate fountains and statues. Wander through the Jardin Botanique de Lyon or get up close to animals from across the globe in the park’s small zoo.
Getting around Caluire-et-Cuire
Caluire-et-Cuire is a 10-minute drive from the centre of Lyon and 25 minutes from Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Subway services connecting along the C Line stop at the Cuire metro station and buses travel throughout the suburb.