Bock Casemates;

The Luxembourg city Tourist Office (LCTO) has announced that the Bock Casemates will open their doors to visitors this coming Saturday, 10 February 2018.

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, these labyrinthine underground galleries cut into the rock are unique in the world and testify to the legendary fortress city's past. From 30 March to 16 September 2018, guided guided tours are organised three times a day. In 2017, a total of 136,037 visitors saw over the Bock Casemates, making this site the top tourist attraction in the capital.

A visit of the Bock Casemates in the Bock Rock, the cradle of the city of Luxembourg, is a must for any discerning visitor. A walk through the casemates is a lesson in history in the heart of the fortress city of yesteryear.

The Bock Casemates were first set up by the Austrians in 1745/46. They reinforced the defense system of the citadel and formed part of an extraordinary network of 23km of underground galleries excavated over several floors and up to 40m deep. The 60-metre long gallery gives access to cannon chambers that offer extraordinary views of the city. The 47m well of the castle plunges the visitor into the mythical Luxembourg. The Bock Casemates could house a garrison of 1,200 soldiers with their equipment and about fifty guns.

For four centuries, Luxembourg was under foreign rule, and the best engineers of the new masters (Burgundians, Spaniards, French, Austrians, Germanic Confederation) transformed the city into one of the most coveted fortresses in Europe. After the dismantling in 1867 of the fortress, which was agreed in the Treaty of London to guarantee Luxembourg its neutrality after the decline of the German Confederation, the casemates were reduced to 17 km. In the 20th century, some of the underground was made accessible to the general public.

Opening times:

- 10 Feb to 29 Mar 2018: 7 days/week from 10:00 - 17:30 (last entry @ 17:00)
- 30 Mar to 30 Sep 2018: 7 days/week from 10:00 - 20:30 (last entry @ 20:00)
- 01 Oct to 04 Nov 2018: 7 days/week from 10:00 - 17:30 (last entry @ 17:00)

Entry: €6 adults; €5 students, seniors & groups of 10+; €3 children from 4-12 years