Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) Tours
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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.
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.
Address: Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg, Alsace, France
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban)
This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Strasbourg through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and to take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the Place Kléber to the European Parliament. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Strasbourg you will also get discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Let us discover an alternative side of Strasbourg, full of history and unique beauty! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! You cannot leave Strasbourg before having Experienced standing in front of the Cathedrale and having the smell of french pastries in your nostrils!
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) hours of operation?
Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) hours of operation: Daily 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban)?
The best ways to experience Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) are:
- Strasbourg Hidden Gems & Local Spots Small Group Guided Tour with a Local
- Strasbourg Architectural Small Group Walking Guided Tour with a Local
- Strasbourg Sightseeing Pedicab Guided Tour
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