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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. Make Traboules du Vieux Lyon part of your personalized Lyon itinerary using our Lyon vacation planner.
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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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  • I had never heard of the Traboules before visiting the city. It seems that they are alleyways used either to fetch water from the river or to carry bolts of silk protected from the weather. It would b...  more »
  • The Renaissance had such a strong impact on the way we have developed into modern civilization, yet so many things about their way of life differs from what we know today. The traboules, which were or...  more »
  • Imagine the generations of people who used these well-traveled secret passageways - the silk weavers who needed to safely carry their delicate materials to high-paying customers in distant corners of ...  more »