And if Vauban had been a gardener

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Clou de jalonnement circuit Vauban


From garden to garden, these marker studs show us the way to go, with the Place Abbatucci as a start and finish point.

Honey garden

Long live the Queen!

I’m a weary-free traveller and know the rough country-roads and beautiful kingdom provinces down to the smallest hamlet. I’ve also experienced misfortunes and sometimes even famine due to decreased crops or from natural disasters, from what the lords and clergy took, and even from pillaging during wars.

Today agriculture has far better yields and feeds everyone. They say I’m a visionary… But I never imagined that bees which buzzed around our country-sides at one time are now being intoxicated and searching for refuge in our cities! Our productivity model certainly has some downfalls and among others, that of using way too many pesticides.

Standard-bearers of the little commonality of pollinating insects, bees excel at seeding pollen from flower to flower, thus safeguarding our food resources. We must protect them from poisons and preserve their environment. This is a new battle for me in our general interest… the king is dead, long live the queen!

Vauban jardinier : illustration Jardin Mellifère


Remains of a bastion and its cavalier, the fortress mirador

An essential element of fortifications, the cavalier reinforced each bastion and allowed artillerymen to position themselves overlooking the walls to better counterattack the besiegers, or at least to block their attempts of approach.

Huningue boasts one cavalier among the rare remains of its stronghold, the one dominating the southern bastion with the plateau of Saint-Louis, Basel and the first Jura foothills in the horizon. Today an orchard and an apiary have replaced the artillery!

Localisation du cavalier de l'ancienne forteresse de Huningue


Les vertus du verger

Ruches du rucher école de Huningue

Symbolic of the local actions favouring biodiversity, the orchard on the Fetter butte (usual name given to the former fortress-cavalier overlooking the Parc des eaux vives) has about twenty pear trees, apple trees and other flowering trees. These ancient or indigenous varieties were chosen for their resistance and ability to adapt to the region thus avoiding the usage of any chemical treatments.

With the blossoming meadow and surrounding apiary, this instructive learning site is an ideal educational base to practise tree-growing and honey-making techniques.

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