Traboules du Vieux Lyon, Lyon

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Traboules are a type of covered passageway Lyon is known for. Traboules du Vieux Lyon were built mainly as footpaths for silk merchants in the 14th century to transport their goods. However, some believe that they appeared as early as the 4th century to transport water from the Saone river to people's homes. During World War II, Traboules du Vieux Lyon provided cover for local resistance fighters against German invasion. About 40 traboules are open to the public; others are only for private use. Keep your eyes peeled inside the snake-like passageways. You may spot secret exits, hidden spiral staircases, and shortcuts that lead to an off-the-beaten path cafe. See Traboules du Vieux Lyon and all Lyon has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lyon tour itinerary maker app .
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  • I was lucky enough to be guided by a Lyon-born woman who accompanied me, guided me and told the traboules (which are also shown on the city plans)
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  • We saw a couple of different traboules. Such an interesting way to go from one street to another. Helps to have a tour guide to know where they are.  more »
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