Immerse yourself in the history and know-how of Lyon with a private guide
Croix-Rousse hill, « Red Cross hill » also named the « hill that works » is where thousands of silk weavers settled down after the French revolution.
The hill being the epicenter of high quality silk manufacturing in Europe, this is where several labor revolts were born and where unions and cooperatives were first created!
Starting uphill, you'll walk down to explore the buildings and passageways to understand the everyday-life of these people and where the main XIXth events took place. The voracious silk weavers inner courtyard, the former silk conditioning building, the fashion designers' village will have no secrets for you!
In the second part of the tour, you will enjoy the visit of a silk workshop, specialized in hand-made frame printed silk squares.
You will also enter into a real old-fashioned silk workshop to meet a passionate "Canut" (the name of silk-workers in Lyon).
We will start on place de la Croix-Rousse with an introduction to the district and Silk history.
Then we will walk down the hill, through the famous "traboules" (hidden alleyways). I will explain you everything about the "Canuts" (silk workers), their uprisings, their way of life, and the architecture of the district.
Then we will go two silk workshops : one near Terreaux square, specialized into painting silk squares, the other is the workshop of a craftmen in the old town, in which you will see a real Jacquard loom operating in front of you.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Place de la Croix-Rousse, in front of "Jacquard" statue.
End location: In the "Vieux-Lyon" district (old town).
Duration: 3 hours
Except French holidays and sunday and monday.
We will walk only.
The guided tour and the booking of providers (silk workshops).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euros - Entrances to silk workshops
The entrance fee to silk workshops (if you are more than 5 people).
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle and help you book it on your own.