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Esch-sur-Sûre dam

Where? L-9650 Esch-sur-Sûre

The impressive dam in Esch-Sauer was built between 1955 and 1958 and blends harmoniously into nature. Its arched design makes it a popular photo spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

The impressive dam at Esch-Sauer represents a remarkable example of human engineering and harmony with nature. In the later 1940s, the country faced the dilemma of running out of its natural water reserves. As a solution, the government decided to switch to surface water for drinking in the early 1950s.

The choice of a suitable location was crucial. Since there are hardly any natural lakes in Luxembourg, the idea of a dam was considered. The choice fell on the narrow river valley of the Sauer, whose rocky banks provide a stable base for the imposing arch dam.

The construction phase of the 47-metre-high wall extended from 1955 to 1958. With a thickness of 1.5 metres at the crown and up to 4.5 metres at the base, the dam wall is an impressive structure.

The dam created an artificial lake with a largest surface area of 3.8 square kilometres and a capacity of 60 million cubic metres of water. The depth of the lake reaches a respectable 43 metres.

This extraordinary facility not only attracts technology enthusiasts, but is also a picturesque excursion destination and a popular subject with photographers.

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Address: Staumauer Esch-sur-Sûre
L-9650 Esch-sur-Sûre
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