- Country: France
- Region: Alsace
- Department: Bas-Rhin
- Location: Built alongside the river Rhine
- Why visit Strasbourg?
- Rich Heritage
In 1988, "Strasbourg – Grande-Ile" was inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List on the basis of those criteria: the Cathedral, as a unique artistic creation and as a vector of Gothic art in Europe, and the "Grande-Ile", an exceptional urban landscape, characteristic of middle Europe and a unique example of Rhenish domestic architecture. Thus Strasbourg is the first French city whose inscription concerns not a single monument, but an entire historic urban centre.
Strasbourg is a city of art, whose past is largely preserved. Every quarter, every building evokes harmoniously the rich history of this city which in 1988 celebrated its 2000 years and was classified as world heritage by UNESCO.
Come and see the most popular museums, sites and attractions of Strasbourg:
"Must-see" tourist sites
- The cathedral of Notre-Dame, a masterpiece of Gothic art
- The Kammerzell house: enjoy a journey back in time
- The Petite France quarter: "The district on the waters"
- The Church of Saint-Thomas, an intriguing mystery
- The European institutions
- The "Egyptian" house, an oriental dream come true
- The banks of the river Ill
- The Krutenau... a fascinating student district
- The Place de la République, a monumental masterpiece
- The protestant Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, a well-hidden treasure
- The Synagogue de la Paix, Renaissance
- The Palais Rohan (Decorative Arts Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Archaelogical Museum)
- The Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum
- The Alsatian Museum
- The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- The Historical Museum
- The Zoological Museum
- The Tomi Ungerer Museum - International illustration centre
- Le Vaisseau, learn all about science while having fun!
- The Planetarium
- The "Secrets of Chocolate" Museum
- The Museum of Seismology and Earth Magnetism
- The Mineralogy Museum
Parks and gardens, the leafy green treasures of Strasbourg
- The Botanical Gardens, a poetic and scientific adventure
- The Citadelle Park, a former fortified site
- The Orangerie Park, a romantic natural setting
- The Pourtalès Park, a showcase for contemporary art
-The Two Shores Garden, a dream come true
- Strasbourg is famous for its cuisine, wine and beer.
In Strasbourg, cooking is more than just an art of living, it is a vibrant and living culture backed up by centuries of tradition, yet constantly experimenting and innovating, driven on by the talent of the great chefs and the dynamism of the city’s restaurant owners.
Restaurants simply litter the streets of Strasbourg, some classed among the best in France. Authentic local specialities are best sampled in the "winstub", Strasbourg's typical small family-owned restaurants.
A particularly rare phenomenon: the production of beer and wine side by side. And in Alsace, both are of the ultimate quality. In marrying products of the land and of animal rearing, a delicious harmony is reached which pleases even the most demanding of gourmets.
Fois gras and sauerkraut are the two centre pieces of Alsatian cuisine, but alongside these royal dishes, many other mouthwatering delicacies appear on menus. For example: baeckeoffe, tarte flambée (flammekueche) and spaetzle (a variety of noodle) which accompany fish, in particular the famous matelote, poultry and game.
For dessert, after the sampling of the full-flavoured munster cheese appears a whole array of bilberry, plum and apple tarts. Without forgetting of course the special cheese cake and the famous kougelhopf.
All of these gastronomical temptations can of course only be done the justice they deserve if they are accompanied by the correct wine. Although white wine dominates, the choice remains vast and complex, mainly due to the Alsatian tradition of labelling a wine by the name of the vine and not the place of origin. This procedure leads to multiple variations depending on the soil, aspect, etc. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Tokay Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are to mention but a few.
Sumptuous dishes, delectable wines. What else awaits us? The coulourless spirits of the region. From Gewurztraminer marc to the prestigious raspberry, the range is complete and presents a marvellous conclusion to a lavish meal.
And the beer? With a rich tradition stretching back to 1260, Alsatian beer is universally recognised. For what is more, it succeeded very early on in imposing its quality, allowing it to rival foreign beers.
- Strasbourg remains the legislative and democratic capital of the European Union and France's seventh-largest city.
New-York, Geneva and Strasbourg are the only cities in the world that are home to international organizations without being national capitals. The choice of Strasbourg as European capital just after the Second World War was not arbitrary, but rather intended as a symbol of reconciliation between the peoples of Europe and of their future together.
Come and see the buildings of the “European Quarters”, such as the “Human Rights'Building”, the European Parliament's Building, or the “Palais de l'Europe”.
Discover Strasbourg with the “Strasbourg Pass” and the “Strasbourg Pass Junior” (4-18 years). This cheque book is the best way to visit Strasbourg at a lower cost: it contains free admissions and reductions to make the most of your stay in our town. Further information: http://www.otstrasbourg.fr/?lang=en
Strasbourg Tours: See picturesque villages along the Alsace Wine Route and visit the Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg
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