The Barrage Vauban is a weir (barrier across a river designed to alter its flow) erected in the 17th century on the river Ill west of the 'Petite France' district in Strasbourg. It was constructed from 1686 to 1700 by the French Engineer Jacques Tarade according to plans by Vauban. Several stories high, it houses sculptures in its main level and a panoramical terrace on its roof.

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    Benjamin Delamarre (7 months ago)
    This building has a nice rooftop that offers a view over the Petite France for free. You can access it only during the day by stairs or from elevator only if you have invalidation card. There's also free public restrooms in here which are really well maintained and clean. You can also read a few informations about the building here.
    Marlon Dy (7 months ago)
    Enjoyed the short walks and beautiful atmosphere. Love the picturesque view of the medieval timber houses & the little stores selling souvenirs. A few restaurants serving Alsacienne dishes. This is a must visit if ever you’re in Strasbourg. Love the City! Visit my ig #wandering_bears @wandering_bears
    Igor Zubenko (7 months ago)
    Very picturesque place for tourists. Nice kind-of-panoramic view on the old city fortifications and a real-time demonstration of how in reality channels with water gates work to allow ships travel between high and low waters. Plus interesting stories how water mills were used to create ice and much more. For shopping and restaurant this area is total failure though ;)
    Martín Pizzi (7 months ago)
    Very nice place to walk around. Old statues and sculptures inside. The view of the city is wonderful. Not many people visiting this place, the opposite of the little Venice. Recommended. Artists painting can be found sometimes.
    Sophia Elise (8 months ago)
    Beautiful, simple, and historic. Great for a short visit and walk. It also gives a great view of Strasbourg, and is free to enter. The World War 1 monument was particularly moving.
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