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Highly varied landscapes and an impressive tourism offer make Rhône-Alpes a region of good living, which its inhabitants and an ever-growing number of visitors appropriate with great ease. The most extensive ski slopes are here and, if all of the regions ski-lifts were joined end to end, they would cover the distance from Lyon to Cairo. The fact that the Winter Olympics have been held three times in the region (1st Winter Olympics at Chamonix in 1924, 10th Winter Olympics at Grenoble in 1968 and 16th Winter Olympics at Albertville, Savoie, in 1992) has solidly underlined this sporting identity.
Rhône-Alpes has a wealth of museums, including Lyon’s Saint-Pierre Museum, the leading French museum after the Louvre, the National centre of Contemporary Art of Grenoble, or Saint-Etienne’s Museum of Modern Art. The National Opera of Lyon enables music lovers to cultivate their passion and a wider public to discover the greatest names of the classical and contemporary repertoires.
One of the best equipped and most abounding regions of France in terms of theatres, Rhône-Alpes has five National Theatres and five national drama centres, including the TNP of Villeurbanne, la Comédie of Saint-Étienne, the National drama centre of Savoie…
A Higher National Conservatory of music and dance.
Neighbourhoods of Lyon listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Internationally renowned events and festivals (Fête des Lumières, Jazz à Vienne, Biennials of contemporary art and dance).
As Lyon was the birthplace of the Lumière brothers, inventors of cinema, the 7th Art, Rhône-Alpes is among the regions with the highest numbers of cinema-goers. It is also the setting of rich cinematographic output, with Rhône-Alpes cinéma .