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“wear comfortable shoes”

Traboules du Vieux Lyon
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Storytelling Walking Tour of Old Lyon
Ranked #8 of 220 things to do in Lyon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
London, United Kingdom
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“wear comfortable shoes”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

wonderful trailing through and under peoples homes - some more extravagant than others with lifts for residents and better lit - but amazing to wander through and wonder how occupants do for light and carrying their shopping up all those stairs!

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Interesting place to visit. Try to arrange a guided tour if you can (unfortunately, this was pre-arranged and I don't know the name of the company). Lots to see, and easy to imagine the Resistance using these alleys (as they did) to evade capture during WW2.

Visited April 2014
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“It looked mysterious, but it was real...”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

It was fun to explore the old passageways and secret courtyards in the old town of Lyon. According to the tour guide, there were lots of traboules in the city and only about a few dozens were opened to the public...

What a different world in front of us once we walked in the passageway. Very “Roman”, very “Medieval”..In the courtyards we saw the ancient fountain, stone well, windows that appeared in Medieval movies and the carved stone, spiral staircases...
These five or six floors buildings were just amazing, and it was interesting to learn that currently these were still used as private apartments with tenants.

After learning about the fact that these traboules played a role in the silk trade and the weaver’s revolt in France and that it provided a safe passage for hiding and escaping from the Gestapo during the World War II, I felt like I was given a lesson in French history..

Really enjoyed the trip and wished that I could pay another visit to Lyon sometimes in future.

Visited May 2013
6 Thank Amber201083
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“A Fun Detour”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Without knowing much about the Traboules, we were able to locate a few and have some fun wandering in and out of the Suessian jumbles of medieval buildings.
I think this would be an especially fun activity for families after museum burnout sets in.

I can imagine the more notoriety these passageways gain, the more we will find locked in the future. So enjoy while you can!

Visited November 2013
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Greetham, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating alleyways in the old town”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

We explored these alleyways in the old town. No one seemed to know which were open to the public but the tourist information office by the funicular was very helpful and he marked the accessible ones on my map, so we could explore on our own. Great fun!

Visited January 2014
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