- The European City
Strasbourg’s “Grande-Ile”, was the first city centre in France to be placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1988. After the Second World War, Strasbourg naturally became a European city – in 1949, the Council of Europe (currently with 47 members) adopted it as its seat. Other important European institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights also settled in Strasbourg and are located in the European institutions quarter.
Despite the War, Strasbourg was able to protect an exceptionally wide range of cultural possessions, which are testimony to the development of the city from Roman times to this very day.
The cathedral, which was described as a “prodigy of the gigantic and the delicate” by Victor Hugo, can be seen for miles around. With its 142-metre high spire, it was the highest edifice in Christendom right up to the 19th century!
La Petite France, one of the most picturesque quarters, which was once home to tanners, fishermen and millers, is a peaceful area in the heart of the city.
You also must visit the ten renowned museums and the “Imperial German Quarter”, which was partly created in the typical Wilhelminian style after the French defeat of 1870 and the annexation of Alsace to the German Empire.
A range of restaurants brings the cityscape to life, including fine dining restaurants, which are among the best in France. You can enjoy local specialities in the small inns or “winstubs” that are typical in Strasbourg. Don’t forget the Alsatian wines – Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sylvaner.
The extensive pedestrian zones, the tranquillity of the canals, the distinctive quarters of the city, the numerous parks and green areas – all these make Strasbourg an experience by foot, boat, mini tram or bike!
Strasbourg is a warm-hearted, authentic city that has managed to be both modern and traditional at the same time.
Attractions in the city
- Tomi Ungerer Museum: 11,000 drawings by the caricature artist.
- Cave Historique des Hospices: 600-year-old wine cellar.
- La rue de la Mésange: pedestrian street with many luxury boutiques.
Excursions from Strasbourg in the tri-national region
- Europa-Park : the largest theme park in Germany
- Musée Würth, Erstein: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Römerschiff Lusoria: historic boat trip for young and old