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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Traboules starting Rue St-Jean. We went for hours, and could have gone on for a while. We did not book a tour, which effectively meant we could take time to explore, go up stairs, take pictures, try all doors (just try pushing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank swissroo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More of the historic passages and corridors ("trabouls") especially prevalent in the Croix-Rousse area which used to provide shelter from the elements and, in politically more troubled times (Revolution and French resistance), discreet passage through a city gripped by a nervous sense of seige. These...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank BuenViaje2121
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The traboules are the fascinating passages through Lyon's old buildings. They allowed silk workers long ago and Resistance fighters more recently to travel long ways through the city without being seen or subjected to the weather. Must-see in Lyon.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bill J
Reviewed 8 January 2019

Small half hidden alleys which lead into magnificent courtyards. You need a guide or a guide book to find them all but we had fun finding them on our own in the old town

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank kirsten m
Reviewed 8 January 2019

Public/Private passageways. It can feel a bit intrusive to open a closed door and walk into the passage. There are maps from City information that show the location of these dark and narrow passages. Do it with respect for the inhabitants of the buildings.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jackholmes181
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Never let a closed door deter you, if you see and open door and want to explore, ask and yea shall enter.. Many areas have many hidden treasure

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ecossearthur
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Behind simple and nondescript doors on the streets of Old Lyon lies a myriad of narrow passageways revealing a hidden past. What a gem. Originally used by artisans to transport goods across a busy city, they were also used by the Resistance during the Second...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Romar45
Reviewed 9 December 2018

fun way to explore the history of Lyon and get in a lot of exercise. a must do in this city. easy activity.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JTO_10
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Not always easy to find they are so uniqueI would recommend visiting them. We discovered some and were intrigues by the long dark passages that were used to safeguard the valuable and delicate silks.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank K154IRrobertp
Reviewed 6 November 2018

These long dark passages through the tall buildings in the old centre of Lyon are not very enthralling unless you the history behind them, but they do hid some very beautiful staircases and facades in the small courtyards.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Maree D
2 June 2018|
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Response from Larry C | Reviewed this property |
Several independent tours. Ours was arranged by our river Tour company. From the internet: For the Vieux-Lyon traboules, the meeting place is outside the Vieux Lyon metro station. In Vieux-Lyon, these passageways are... More