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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  • August 16, 2017
    Several times we have now already tried the fabled Traboules of Lyon to discover, but either they were all locked up or correct masses of tourists through the houses have moved it under the annoyed look of Lyons. We have discovered quite by accident one, that was very nice, but we were after 1.5 hours then sorry to pull it closed doors and invested rather in a bottle of Rosé our time :) Saves you time!
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  • August 16, 2017
    When you're not from here, not easy to find these famous traboules! This is the game, it must seek and discover these small secret passages that are the hallmark of the neighborhood. Attention however some are closed! Too bad!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Absolutely worth visiting because they are one of the most special things that we find in Lyon, it's steps inside the houses and courts that allow you to move from one route to another, much of the charm is due to their role in different historical epochs have held, since the time of the revolt of the weavers of silk to the German occupation and today cross them is like stepping into the past
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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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