There are very impressive trees here, which will be difficult to find elsewhere in France, of which the great sequoia is one of the most remarkable. I wish all towns could be as lively and cute as S: One can only fall in love with Strasbourg… I'm Colleen Lanin, the founder of Travel Mamas. To the southwest are the Ponts Couverts Covered Bridges that were formerly roofed. All opinions are mine, as always. Below are favorite biking, pedicab, and walking tours. Your comment about Christmas has me leaning towards planning a trip at that time of year but the light show on the cathedral looks amazing! Strasbourg has been the subject of a centuries-long tug of war between France and Germany, and is all the more exciting and beautiful for it. And good news, if you are there at lunchtime, Kammerzell House is now a restaurant offering local cuisine.
It's like dancing with Cinderella at a ball attended by super models. Explore the enchanting La Petite France neighborhood and see picturesque canals, covered bridges, and half-timbered homes. Standing in front of Cathédrale de Notre Dame of Strasbourg, the highest medieval building in Europe Photo credit: Colleen Lanin 2. There are of course Christmas decorations, all kinds of handicrafts as well as local and regional food products. Braided pretzels, claimed to have origins in both France and Germany, are also ubiquitous street foods.
Other highlights of a visit to Strasbourg include the Rhine Palace, the Place de la Republique with large impressive Gothic and Renaissance buildings including the Theatre and the National Library and the Place Kléber. My favourite way to get around Europe is by train. You will find more details about visiting Strasbourg European institutions on the The European parliament of Strasbourg 20. In the late 17th century, Strasbourg seceded from the Roman Empire and declared itself part of France. Great Day Trips This is a prime spot for excursions in France or Germany which is just across the river. He supported Napoleon in his campaign in Egypt and he got assassinated in Cairo.
A must-see tourist attraction in Strasbourg. It also allows you to have a nice view of the very photogenic Saint-Paul church reflected in the river. Made of red sandstone, its delicate structure rises high above the town, and the spire is visible for miles. The pretty medieval houses of the district date from the 16th and 17th centuries, and half-timbering is magnificently decorated. The Orangerie Park was created in the early 19th century for the Empress Joséphine. Several explanatory panels and playful installations punctuate the route.
Another astounding thing about the cathedral is how much of it dates to the 1100s, including the entirety of the apse on the east side of the building. My husband and I both speak French to a fair degree and would be fluent in a year. It was made with pink sandstone from the Vosges, according to plans drawn up by Vauban the great French military engineer. Alsace, and with it Strasbourg, only became French in the 17th century. Ireland, Iceland or , you will have the choice! You should also visit the Botanic Gardens in the university area and the Jardin des Deux Rives. There are 12 yearly sessions, each of which has an average duration of about four days, so it is not uncommon to be in Strasbourg during one of these important meetings. When I first heard about it, I laughed.
Susalis — How exciting for your family! Eat in an Alsatian winstub It the many typical narrow alleys of the Petite France, you will be able to find food in these traditional Alsatian restaurants: the Winstub. From the Droits de l'Homme tram stop, you can walk about 5 minutes to the lovely , a great place to walk, relax and see storks, the symbol of , as well as other animals in the small zoo. This masterpiece of timekeeping entertains visitors with a parade of the apostles every day at 12:30pm. Here you can taste the local specialities. You can visit all these; get all the information and maps from the Tourist Office.
Summer can be warm but inviting. Here are some reasons why Strasbourg is such a compelling destination for international visitors. Just across the river is the Place du Corbeau, site of one of Strasbourg's oldest houses now a. While you can tour it on your own, you can also book a tour in advance with a tour group. The galleries provide several reconstructions of historic home scenes and workshops, all presented with original ceramics, costume, furniture, tools, toys and everyday utensils.
Pieces of art by Monet, Picasso and Brauner can be seen. Thanks to its advantageous location at the intersection of important traffic and commerce routes on the Rhine River, Strasbourg has prospered throughout its 2,000-year history. Alsatian cuisine combines traditional German food with French flair. One day in Strasbourg: astronomical clock One day in Strasbourg: astronomical clock 2. You must take the time to stroll along the waterways and appreciate the reflections of the half-timbered houses in the water. Visitors can view thousands of objects that offer an insight into rural Alsatian life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For castle hopping, renting a car is anyway 100% mandatory, as there is no transportation service between castles.
Just next to the cathedral, in and around the Palais Rohan, is a cluster of museums, the most impressive of which is the Strasbourg art gallery, or Musée des Beaux Arts. I just told my husband that there is an ex-pat group in Strasbourg ready for us to join once we move. In the crypt for instance are the vestiges of a Columban Church from the 600s, and the cloister is mostly romanesque, dating to the 1000s. As you wander around the Grand Île, you'll come across a variety of interesting plazas, most of which have and cafés. However, for the boat, you need to first go to the ticket office, show your Strasbourg Pass, and they give you a boat ticket. A stork is one of the symbols of Alsace.