Self-guided audio tour: Croix-Rousse hill and Les Canuts Guided tours

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Tour proposed by Rewind

The history of the Canut silk-workers

With this self-guided audio-tour designed by Laura, a professional guide who is passionate about her work, discover Croix-Rousse hill and its magnificent slopes, with their paved streets, as you learn about the history of Lyon’s former silk-workers: the Canuts! Explore the district with your smartphone, which will begin stories and give directions automatically, at the right place and the right time.
Leaving from the Boulevard des Canuts, follow your guide’s voice on your smartphone, which will tell stories automatically when you reach the spot where they happened.

As you explore the district, learn about the fascinating history of the Canuts, as Lyon’s silk-workers were known, and the famous Jacquard loom. You will discover the city’s legends, such as the huge stone placed on top of the hill that is said to have come all the way from the Alps! You can also admire the beautiful Fresque des Canuts, a giant trompe l'oeil mural, measuring an impressive 1200 m², which depicts the special atmosphere of the Croix-Rousse district so well.

Worth knowing

A fully charged smartphone, the Rewind app, earbuds or headphones, and an Internet connection are required to enjoy this tour.
You can begin this tour when you please, from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Please go to the rendezvous point to activate the commentary and begin your self-guided audio-tour.
Want to take a break? No problem, you can pick up your tour where you left off, whenever you wish.
When your purchase is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with the activation code for the tour and instructions to follow to download the app.
Tour not recommended for people with reduced mobility (steep drop and many stairs).
Non-cancellable and non-refundable tour




Self-guided audio tour


Metro C > Hénon

Meeting point

36 Boulevard des Canuts - Lyon 4th


A "canut" is someone who works with a spool (a wooden reel of thread with a metal tip). As this tool struck the loom, a clangour that sounded like "bistanclac-pan" rang out, an onomatopoeia soon adopted by the inhabitants of Lyon to refer to Jacquard weaving looms.