Guided Tour through the City District Vauban
Our guided tours are individually tailored to your needs and are therefore of interest to architects, city planners, politicians, or students. For school classes we offer specialized interactive tours.
The Freiburg city district of Vauban is considered a remarkable example of sustainable urban planning, not only among city planners and architects, but the general public as well. Built upon former French military barracks, Vauban is an attractive, family-friendly district with 5,500 residents and attracts visitors from all over the world.
After an urban planning competition, exceptional focus was placed on civic participation. Thus a vivid community with diverse architecture, attractive greenery and a lively public space was developed.
A distinct feature in Vauban is the transport concept which encourages a life without a car and creates optimal conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Car-sharing, access to public transport and bicycle paths enable all to move freely without the need for a personal car.
The residents of Vauban not only contributed to the planning of the district. Many building projects were communally constructed as multiple-family homes. Along side these joint buildings, new and innovative cooperatives also emerged.
Low-energy construction was mandatory, additionnally numerous buildings were constructed as passive-energy houses and equipped with solar panels.
The solar architect Rolf Disch realised his Solar Settlement in Vauban with the so-called PlusEnergy houses, which annually create more energy than is used in the individual wooden modular houses.