Not all of the traboules listed in various guides are open -- and not even all of them on the nicely-marked tourist circuit are open -- but those that are provide a very interesting glimpse into Lyon's past and exploring them is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or two. My advice is not to get discouraged if some of them are locked. Just head for more traboules (marked with red lines on the free maps handed out at the tourist information center) and try your luck again. Personally, I found the ones in the old city the most interesting, but all of them were worth visiting.
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