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Festung Mont Royal

Tourist-Information Traben-Trarbach
Am Bahnhof 5
56841 Traben-Trarbach

Tel. +49 6541 83980
Fax +49 6541 839839



Starting in 1687, the French “Sun King” Louis XIV engaged his

brilliant architect and master builder Vauban to build a huge fortress

on the peninsular mountain high above Traben. The fortress provided

space for 12,000 soldiers and 3,000 horses.

However, only eleven

years later, the French destroyed the fortress themselves in 1698 after

the Peace of Rijswijck. Only during the last century were archaeological

excavations conducted on Mont Royal under the direction of the homeland

artist, Dr. Ernst Willen Spies, using original drawings from Parisian

archives. Today, only a few remnants of the once mighty walls, casemates

and cellar vaults are still preserved. The plans of the fortress and

archeological findings it from are on display in the Middle Mosel


During the season, guided tours through the fortress ruins are

routinely conducted. Special, individual tours are available for Groups.