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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. 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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  • We found one of the famous traboules - but the door was closed. The door in the other end in another street was closed, too. How to get inside? We must have looked rather baffled and confused... 
    We found one of the famous traboules - but the door was closed. The door in the other end in another street was closed, too. How to get inside? We must have looked rather baffled and confused...  more »
  • These are "hidden" walkways and courtyards that were used by the silk industry...1800s I think. You have to look for the doors along the streets. Nothing spectacular to see. 
    These are "hidden" walkways and courtyards that were used by the silk industry...1800s I think. You have to look for the doors along the streets. Nothing spectacular to see.  more »
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  • Are ok, but tbh to be an actraction belonging to the UNESCO heritage are not well taken care of and most of them are closed. Like all the city is generally overrated. You can spend here 3 or 4 days but no more ... These people should learn from London, where all the museums have free entry and touristic attractions are much better preserved.
  • A very nice area to visit

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