The Bock (Luxembourgish: Bockfiels) is a promontory in the north-eastern corner of Luxembourg City's old historical district. Offering a natural fortification, its rocky cliffs tower above the River Alzette, which surrounds it on three sides. It was here that Count Siegfried built his Castle of Lucilinburhuc in 963, providing a basis for the development of the town that became Luxembourg. Over the centuries, the Bock and the surrounding defenses were reinforced, attacked, and rebuilt time and time again as the armies of the Burgundians, Habsburgs, Spaniards, Prussians, and French vied for victory over one of Europe's most strategic strongholds, the Fortress of Luxembourg. Warring did not stop until the Treaty of London was signed in 1867, calling for the demolition of the fortifications. Ruins of the old castle and the vast underground system of passages and galleries known as the casemates continue to be a major tourist attraction.
It was in 963 that Count Siegfried, in search of a site from which he could defend his properties, obtained the Bock and its surroundings from St Maximin's Abbey in Trier in exchange for the land he owned at Feulen in the Ardennes to the north. The Romans, then the Franks, had probably already inhabited the Bock although there is only scant archeological evidence of their presence. There are however traces of a 4th-century Roman watchtower close to the point in the Fish Market where two major Roman roads used to cross, one from Reims to Trier and the other from Metz to Liège.
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Stefano Picco | Feb 23, 2018
Since I am a native Luxembourger I have been here multiple times. Of course it becomes boring when you visit it too often. However, visiting it every few years is amazing and visiting it for the very first time even more so. You van actually experience a bit of history. Just be careful as the steps can be very narrow.
Monica VerMan | Jan 4, 2018
Very interesting touristic activity to walk a path inside a very old fortress. You can do it really fast just to have a different sightseeing of the Luxembourg city from several windows, or taking your time to read all the information and learn about it. Closed during cold moths, because it gets cooler inside, so great for summer. Sad that they closed a part of it to public so now is only a shorter walk than it used to be.
David Angulo Duque | Feb 28, 2018
I am not satisfied with the visit, I expected something more than just galleries to walk through. Although, the sights are amazing you can enjoy them from the top of the bridge. Therefore, in my opinion a 7 euros ticket is expensive
Robert Lebshier | Feb 28, 2018
Really neat place with lots of tunnels to explore. I wish there was a bit more explanation of what the various tunnels and chambers were used for, though. Cheap entry fee with historical info in German and French.
Daniel Wong | Jan 5, 2018
Take note that they're not open during winter. Check the official website for dates. Even if it's not open, you can explore around to get some pretty good views. It's amazing how integrated the casemates are with the city. Will definitely visit again.
Patrycja Stala | Apr 2, 2018
Very interesting place to see. Might be a bit triggering for those with claustrophobia in some places but there is a nice view on the city from that point. I'm giving 4/5 for the price to quality ratio. Overall, good experience and would recommend it to others visiting Luxembourg.
Karthik BVM | Apr 1, 2018
This is a 'must visit' place in Luxembourg. Ticket price is €6. Place is awesome. Read a bit before going. Guided tour would have been better, but I didn't see any guide around.
Robert PACE | Mar 14, 2018
A view across the valley is absolutely a must for any tourist. Steeped in history this is the ultimate place to stretch your legs and do a bit of a walkabout. I do envy the people who actually live in this valley.
Vaibhav Chapara | May 1, 2018
Beautiful place with beautiful views. A lot of history hidden under. A must visit place in Luxembourg. Would have been more better if it had an audio tour.
Miles Macdonald | May 2, 2018
One of the must do tourist attractions here. If you do the full length of the tunnels and move between the different levels it can be quite tiring. Some good views from the openings in the walls.
Asvin Kumar | Jun 17, 2018
Wonderful place to be in. Very well maintained, best place to view the beauty of Luxembourg. River canal inbetween is next to perfect. It all looks just like a painting. There is a small bridge before entering the place, the view from there is just mind blowing. Must and must visit place in Luxembourg.
Phuong Nguyen | May 9, 2018
a journey through history! some nice spots for taking photos. entrance fee is reduced if you're a student. there are not many direction signs inside and you may get lost a little bit so don't forget to bring the map with you. also beware of the narrow and spiral staircases.
Jorge Alardin | May 10, 2018
I rarely give places one star. The reason for this is because I didn't even have the opportunity to try anything. We walked in, took a little bit to be seated. After being seated no one brought us menus or said anything to us. We waited around 25 mins and the table next to us got sat and they received menus and help right away. We left after that. Not sure why this happened but wouldn't recommend this place.
Lauren Hofsteenge | Jun 9, 2018
Nice place to visit and see the history, if you have a booklet or a guide. Inside there is no information about what you are seeing or where to go. Would be a wonderful sightseeing visit if more was done to help visitors understand.
Carlos Andres Castro | Jun 13, 2018
Pretty cool place. We didn't do a guided tour but wished we had. Not for anyone with claustrophobia.
Benita Cloward | Jun 28, 2018
We took a family trip to downtown Luxembourg to check out the ruins. We took the train from Wasserbillig. (Super affordable with the day fare for up to 5 people!) and enjoyed walking through the streets of Luxembourg. The castle was very interesting. However we ended up not actually walking through the castle itself because we all thought the price for admission was far too expensive!
Alexavier Cheng | Jul 17, 2018
Took the guided tour which cost extra. The tour guide Louis was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. They offer Geman/English tour twice daily and French/English once daily. However, the front desk was a bit rude. The fort itself is mildly interesting at best, you get to see the medieval architecture. Not suitable for small children and mobility restricted visitors. Also, Cash only.
Jacco Amersfoort | Jul 18, 2018
Very cool historic defense works! I suggest to take the guided tour because we almost got lost! There's stairways and hallways into every direction so we didn't know where we had been or still had to go. The view is great out of each window and there's some historic cannons to view as well. No information signs anywhere but that's probably in the guided tour.
Anh Minh | Jul 19, 2018
Fantastic viewpoint with even its own photo point. The view from the top was fantastic to look at the lower points of Luxembourg. Didnt go in because of time reasons but would recommend visiting it for the scenery.
Anusha Halsnad | Jul 1, 2018
Beautifully maintained underground ruins. Tour comes with a booklet with details on different points of interest, but I found the path pretty confusing and had to do two circuits instead. There is also a guided tour available, though I couldn't take that, I believe it is more detailed than the booklet provided. All in all, pretty decent visit.
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