Known as the City of Roads, Strasbourg is an international tourist’s dream come true. It is a place where everything comes together in a harmonious blend – the history, art, culture, food, nightlife and shopping – making Strasbourg a fantastic city to visit.
Strasbourg is a city which values is strong historical culture yet has embraced modernity. Walking along the tree and fragrant flower-lined streets, you can feel the values and traditions that the locals have kept alive for centuries whilst enjoying a thoroughly modern lifestyle.
The city is a treasure chest of cultural and historical attractions and there are things to do and see that will appeal to everyone, no matter how old or young.
A popular first stop attraction is the Cathédrale Notre Dame, located roughly in the centre of town. Its story begins in 1284 with the construction of the stunning western facade and continues into 1439 when a magnificent 142 meter high spire was erected. A southern spire was also designed but it was never started. During the 16th and 17th centuries the cathedral became a popular Protestant church and centuries later people of all faiths come here to marvel at the almost graceful fragile looking beauty of this magnificent Gothic building. If you journey up to the Cathédrale Notre Dame platform, which is about 66 meters above the cathedral, you can reward yourself with the breath-taking views of the city and surrounding area.
Tourism is built upon attracting visitors to showcase its one-of-a-kind appeal and museums are the ideal way to highlight the region’s cultural delights. There are many museums in Strasbourg which will take you on a tour through the city’s history. For kids, Le Vaisseau is a hands-on interactive science museum where they can have fun learning; Musée Alsacien is a museum dedicated to showcasing traditional Alsatian life and is housed in three 16th and 17th century houses; and the Musée de l'Œuvre Notre Dame. This museum has received great reviews from all over the world for its outstanding collections of paintings, stained glass displays and sculptures dating from several periods.
For other fun things to do, why not try visiting one of the small villages just outside the city. Grande Île's Petite France is one of the most popular choices and it is hard not to see why. It looks as though it has been plucked straight out of a fairytale. It has the wonderful nickname of ‘Venice of the East’ and is aptly named for its many winding canals and locks and visitors are delighted to explore this little piece of heaven with its ancient wooden bridges spanning the waterways.
The restaurants in Strasbourg take their jobs very seriously. Chefs want to send your tastebuds up to heaven with a single bite, and this is exactly what they do. Each dish is carefully prepared and artistically arranged and the traditional food of the region will have you salivating just by looking at the menu.
There are many choices in hotels in Strasbourg. Many are housed in grand historic buildings that leave guests in awe as soon as they step foot through the door, and there are charming guesthouses and B&Bs found in old traditional Alsatian buildings. No matter which you prefer, the prices are excellent and the service fantastic.
Strasbourg is a city that leaves your heart soaring and captures both it and your imagination. It is a city that awakens your senses and leaves you wanting to return time and time again.