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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  • Nice to see the hidden streets and alleys. Not all of them are as good, and many that are indicated on the map are closed anyway. TIP: there is often a magnetic lock next to the door which looks like....  more »
  • Lyon is full of "secret passages, or small, narrow passageways between larger buildings leading from one major street to another. It can be fun but it can also be irritating if you have no idea where....  more »
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