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  • Address: Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg, Alsace, France
  • Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) Tours

Built in 1690 by its namesake—legendary military engineer Sebastien Vauban—the Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) was designed not only as the city’s principal lock, but as an integral part of Strasbourg’s fortifications. Guarding the southwestern entrance to the Grande Île, the dam spans the width of the River Ill and has the capacity to flood the entire southern end of the town in case of attack. 

Today the grand lock, with its 13 arches, magnificent sculptures and grass-topped terrace, is among the city’s most recognizable landmarks and makes a popular lookout point, offering panoramic views over the nearby Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts), the Old Town canals and the distant Cathedral of Notre Dame. 

Practical Info

The Vauban Dam is located on the River Ill at the southwest entrance to the Grande Île and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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