Famous for its many stairs and hidden passageways, known as ‘traboules’, the Croix-Rousse district is closely linked with the local silk industry that established itself here in the nineteenth century. But who were the people behind this industry and were they always located here?

Last updated date : 25/10/2022
All year round daily.
Devant l'Opéra Place de la Comédie - 69002 Lyon 2ème
La Croix-Rousse, traboules entre Rhône et Saône

From the ‘Maison Tolozan’ to the ‘Condition des Soies’, this tour covers the main stages of the silk industry, which replaced the many religious orders that were present on Croix-Rousse hill until the French Revolution: a less well-known part of the city’s history, but one which has left discernible traces in the urban landscape.

By the river Saône, discover the La Martinière neighbourhood and its Art Nouveau architecture.

This tour can be enjoyed by people of all ages (there aren’t too many stairs to climb)!

Duration of the visit: 2h. Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.

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  • All year round, daily.

Devant l'Opéra

Place de la Comédie - 69002 Lyon 2ème

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