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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  • Interesting and mysterious. I actually found these harder to find on this trip than my previous one. Maybe they lock them more, except they’re not supposed to. Anyway, they are also handy...  more »
  • While touring Vieux Lyon (the old town) our guide led us through some of the traboules that are open to the public. There are reportedly over four hundred of the secret passageways but only about...  more »
  • Cute little passageway to explore! If you're in the area do try it. If you waste five minutes wondering where it is, you're not alone. It's a green door and you might think it's private and hesitate when you see it but you can go through. :)
  • Absolutely fascinating secret passageways called traboules are hidden behind doors dotted around Vieux Lyon that serve as cut throughs between the long streets of Renaissance buildings. The Long Traboule is considered one particularly worth visiting.

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