Starting point
Bock Promontory, Montée de Clausen
Destination
Bock Promontory, Montée de Clausen
Distance
5,16 km
Duration
3:00 h
Difficulty
medium
  • Condition
Highest point
323 Hm
Lowest point
244 Hm
Aggregated Ascent
194 Hm
Aggregated Descent
188 Hm
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Description

The Vauban circuit takes you through the historic parts of the city of Luxembourg, to the points of strategic importance in one of Europe’s most impressive fortresses.

The circuit bears the name of the famous French military engineer, active during the reign of Louis XIV, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707). Appointed commissioner for fortifications at the age of just twenty-two, Vauban built or enlarged more than 160 fortresses in total. When he arrived in Luxembourg with the French enemy troops, the Spanish held sovereignty over the fortified city, which from the Middle Ages onward had been ruled by a number of foreign powers in turn. 

Following the traces of Vauban (General Commissioner for Fortifications), you will discover sites that bear witness to Luxembourg’s military past, experience the medieval charm of the old Lower Town of Pfaffenthal and, from the fortified heights, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Developed into a federal fortified city during the Prussian era, Luxembourg was deemed impregnable right up until its demolition.

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