Paris: Gare de Lyon

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I love this station, mainly because Le Train Bleu Restaurant is there. This restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world and always a must see place when in Paris. This station always seems to be active and alive with people coming and going at all times. Even if you are not arriving or traveling anywhere by train, Gare de Lyon is a must see on your tour of Paris. At the time I filmed Gare de Lyon it was almost Christmas time so the station was all tarted-out for the holiday season.

Paris-Gare de Lyon (or Gare de Lyon) is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. It handles about 90,000,000 passengers every year, making it the third busiest station of France and one of the busiest of Europe. It is the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. The station is located in the 12th arrondissement, on the north bank of the river Seine, in the east of Paris.

The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also by the Gare de Lyon metro station.

The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, in the Gare de Lyon train accident, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

Location: 20 boulevard Diderot
75012 Paris