Fortifications Vauban
Fortifications Vauban
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67UK
Birmingham, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Amazing place. The town itself is fairly boring and very quiet. The main (only!) attraction are the walls and they are wonderful. Unlike other walled towns it's not just one wall - there are several 'layers' in the form of overlaid star shapes. It's a 2.4km walk around the inner wall.more if you want to explore some of the other structures. There are four gates so you don't have to go all the way around if you don't want to, and information boards in french, german and english at various points around the walls giving the history and information on the structure.

There is also a small museum costing €2.50 which is probably informative if you speak french as all the displays are only in french. However for speakers of other languages there is only a model with a commentary giving a bit of history. Interesting, but a 10 min voiceover is probably less than you would expect for the entrance fee. There is no translation of the rest of the exhibits which was disappointing.

Is it worth seeing? Yes. Is it worth making a detour for? Yes
Written July 3, 2014
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FamilymanPreston_UK
Lytham St Anne's, UK85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We came here (my wife, 7 year old son and I) as part of our summer camping trip to Alsace. It is almost hidden away and not very well publicised but if you like your castles and forts I would highly recommend setting aside a couple of hours to go and explore and walk around. The fortifications were all in really good condition and you could really imagine how they were originally. There is a museum and information to tell you more as you walk around, but you can just explore on your own for free. It was virtually deserted when we went and it was just nice to walk around the castle walls. There isn't a huge amount to see other than the fortifications itself but we still just enjoyed the quiet walk and explore! My son loved the freedom to run around and explore. You can park in the village which is contained within the fortification walls and feels like a very surreal place. Worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2017
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DroitShadow
Sandy, UT54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is our second visit to a Vauban-designed fortified city. (The first was Le Quesnoy). All we can say is that it is hard to wrap our heads around a public works project of this magnitude. 17+ km of high walls; perfect octogonal layout that can only be appreciated in person.

We walked around the inner wall during a beautiful evening and simply marveled at the work required for excavations, quarrying and construction of the place. Thousands were involved. It is truly a wonder.
Written April 8, 2017
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steve h
Newcastle, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
The fortifications were well preserved and a fascinating trip to 17th Century France. There were lots of information boards in French, German and English.
Written June 27, 2016
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DonPaulo
Richmond, Virginia1,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
I fall into the former category and was most appreciative of the genius of Vauban. Every detail is thoroughly integrated. The town in the center of the star-fort was designed for the military occupants and was spacious and comfortable in its day. My wife, who does not share my fascination with fortifications, recognized the lethality for attacking forces. She shared the views of several other reviewers. The town is sparsely populated and has very little to offer visitors.
A trip to the doppelganger Breisach just across the Rhine was just the opposite. Its nearly invisible defenses are equally lethal, but the town is full of life
Written September 11, 2015
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Fudge03
Sussex, England1,180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Neuf-Brisach is a fascinating small town, lying virtually entirely within the walls constructed by Vauban in the 17th century. Great walks, fascinating memorials, absolutely worth a visit. We stayed at a great campsite just by the walls, Camping Vauban, and visited the nearby Gallo-roman museum, as well as nipping over the border into Germany. All highly recommended.
Written June 3, 2013
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iwritetravel
Mission, Canada273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
Take a wander around this Rhineland border town. There are information plaques along the way, brochures and guide books are available from the Tourist Office. Very interesting. No charge.
Written March 22, 2013
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realbigbear
Great Falls, VA657 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
This fortress designed by Vaubon is worth a short visit if you are in the area..We were on a hiking trip and had an informed guide. This helped since the signage at the fortress is somewhat scanty. If nothing else, a visit will encourage you to learn more about the fortress and very innovative archetect.
Written June 13, 2017
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MrOpaki
Washington DC, DC166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
This is a small town. The kind of place where everyone must know your entire life, and vice versa. But for a stopover to see the history that gave rise to the place, it could be worth the side trip, if you're near Strasbourg or the Black Forest.

The fort itself has charm in its small details, but has little of the original grandeur, since it has become entirely tamed by pedestrian access at every turn. The fort is now closer to a ruin, but one that visitors should still be able to appreciate, when they see the natural choke points and sight lines that give decided advantage to the occupants. This is worth a stop for history buffs and photographers, but you can skip this one, if you are looking for major showstoppers for family or friends.
Written January 24, 2017
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Phil h
Voorschoten, The Netherlands20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This might be a UNESCO world heritage site. But that is all!
Plus:
1) free parking
2) unique Vauban site

Minus:
1) the Restoration of the site is dismal
2) many parts are not accessible for visitors
3) the museum is nothing more than some copies of old texts and fotos put on a table. the only good thing was the scale model. but it is not worth the money
4) no guides or map or anything else to entertain visitors.
5) most of the site is still over grown.

Conclusion if you are a die-hard military architecture lover with a lot of imagination don't go there you will be disappointed.

Whoever is responsible should realize that much more work is required to make the unique qualities attractive to visitors that made the effort to come to the place.

hope improvements are made worthy to this special place
Written July 13, 2016
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