Strasbourg

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Strasbourg: an open city, an inspired city

Strasbourg Grande-Ile, listed as a World Heritage Site since 1988, was the first urban centre in France to be classified by UNESCO. Despite the occurrence of various wars, Strasbourg has managed to preserve its exceptionally varied heritage, which shows us the city’s evolution from Roman times through to the present day. The cathedral, “a gigantic and delicate marvel” in the words of Victor Hugo, can be seen from miles around. With its spire reaching a height of 142 metres, it remained the highest building in Christendom until the 19th century! The Petite France, a picture-postcard quarter once home to tanners, fishermen and millers, is a haven of peace at the heart of the city. The German imperial quarter, dating from the end of the 19th century, and the more recent quarter of the European institutions. In addition, Strasbourg has become renowned for its cuisine across France and even Europe; in “winstubs” − small wine bars typical of Strasbourg − home-cooked traditional dishes can be enjoyed, as well as the traditional wines of Alsace. With its large pedestrian centre, gentle waterways, characterful quarters, countless parks and green spaces, and luxury boutiques, Strasbourg has established itself as both a warm, welcoming city full of authenticity, and a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis! 

Strasbourg’s Attractions

  • Notre-Dame cathedral: with its lacework of pink sandstone, its Astronomical Clock, its pulpit and its stained-glass windows.
  • "Little France": the former tanners' and millers' quarter, its canals and half-timbered houses.
  • Place de la République and its historic monuments: built between 1871 and 1918, during the era of the German Empire.
  • The European Quarter (The Council of Europe, European Parliament, Human Rights Building etc.).
  • The Palais Rohan (18th century), The Œuvre Notre-Dame Museum (16th century) etc.
  • The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
  • The Orangerie Park, its zoo, its boat tours, the Joséphine Pavillon.
  • The breweries and microbreweries (production, beer tastings, beer-inspired cuisine etc.).
  • The winstubs, little restaurants typical of Alsace. 

Gastronomy

Alsace, land of gastronomy

Of all of the regions of France, Alsace has long been considered as one of the most gastronomic. Our region produces an abundance of refined, high-quality products. Foie gras and sauerkraut are the two centrepieces of Alsatian cuisine, but alongside these famous dishes, many other mouthwatering delicacies appear on menus. For example: baeckeoffe, tarte flambée (flammekueche) and spaetzle (a variety of pasta) which accompany fish, in particular the famous matelote, poultry and game. For dessert, after sampling the full-flavoured munster cheese, a whole array of bilberry, plum and apple tarts appears − without forgetting, of course, the special cheesecake and the famous kougelhopf.

A particularly rare phenomenon here is the production of beer and wine side by side. And in Alsace, both are of the highest quality. In marrying products of the land with animal produce, a delicious harmony is reached which pleases even the most demanding of gourmets.

In Strasbourg, gastronomy is so much more than a way of life; it is an ever-growing culture borne of centuries of tradition. 

Getting here 

By railway

  • TGV Est Européen high-speed rail: 2 hrs 20 mins from Paris Charles de Gaulle or Paris Gare de l’Est.
  • Direct rail connections to Paris, Lille, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, Stuttgart and Zurich….
  • TGV Rhin-Rhône high-speed rail (open since 11 December 2011): 3 hrs 40 mins from Lyon, 5 hrs 30 mins from Marseille!

By plane 

  •  Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport (10km from Strasbourg)
  • Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (58km from Strasbourg)
  • Basel-Mulhouse International Airport (130km from Strasbourg)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (2 hrs 20 mins by direct TGV)

 

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