Along the banks of the Ill River, you will first pass the "Ponts Couverts", the famous covered bridges, and the "Barrage Vauban", a bridge that once served as a defense and dam. Tip: The ascent to the terrace is completely free and from there you have a wonderful panoramic view over Strasbourg.
November 23, 2019
According to the plans of the famous military architect Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), at the end of the 17th century, the Barrage Vauban, a 13-berth weir, was built. In the case of an attack, the building allowed the flooding of the plain south of the city, as happened in the war 1870/71. On the weir later a roof terrace was built, from which the view over the Ponts Couverts to the Minster Tower can wander, one of the most beautiful panoramas of Strasbourg.
November 19, 2017
The Vauban dam (Barrage Vauban) was built in 1690 by its legendary namesake, the military engineer Sebastien Vauban. It was designed to be not only the city's most important lock, but also an integral part of the Strasbourg fortifications. The dam guards the southwestern entrance to the Grande Île and covers the entire width of the River Ill. With its help, in the event of an attack, the entire southern end of the city can be flooded.
February 18, 2019
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!