A unique attraction of Lyon is exploring the City’s Traboules.
Between courtyards and through buildings, secret alleyways and staircases once provided safe and efficient passage for silk workers to get their wares to and from market unmarred.
There were thousands of silk weavers in Lyon during the 19th century called ‘Canuts’. Poorly treated they rebelled and
They were also supposedly used to evade capture by the Germans in World War 2 and preventing the complete capture of this area.
Only a fraction of the Traboules are open to the public. Well worth exploring if you happen to cycle down the Saone or Rhone into Vieux Lyon!