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The world has only three non-capital cities that have managed to concentrate the planet’s most important international institutions on their soil: New York, Geneva and Strasbourg. The latter, situated in Eastern France, near the German border, can reasonably be called the heart of Europe. While here, one can really feel the continental spirit, which permeates everything – from the ancient castles to the European Parliament building, hailed as the peace symbol of the continent’s population.

Strasbourg is a city of Alsace, the culture of which is a combination of French and German traditions, as historically the city was in turns ruled by both nations. The people here are much more punctual and reliable than those who live elsewhere in France. If you don’t know French, you can easily get by here with German and English, as Parisian-style arrogance is almost unheard of in Strasbourg, and cafés and restaurants have much richer menus than their counterparts in the rest of France.

Strasbourg
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Strasbourg

Strasbourgians love beer just as much as they love wine, which is attested by bars that serve many different types of beer and the hundreds of varieties of wine sold in specialised shops. The cuisine of Alsace is quite unique – it’s characterised by an abundance of German dishes that are served with distinctively French elegance. Many gourmands claim one will not find such tasty Foie gras, such flavourful sauerkraut with sausages and such delicious Muenster cheese anywhere else in the world. If you want a snack, just visit one of the many little wine cellars or pop into the nearest pub. While there, we recommend you order the city’s traditional dish, called tarte flambee, which consists of pork, onions and cream, served on a base similar to that of a pizza.

Strasbourg is best explored on foot. This advice is especially relevant to the city centre, surrounded by two branches of the River Ille. Here you’ll find an impressive number of architectural masterpieces that serve as monuments to the lives of this 2000-year-old city’s inhabitants.

Old Town architecture
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old Town architecture

Let’s begin with the main square, which is home to a Gothic cathedral that V. Hugo called a miracle of “grandiosity and elegance”. The viewpoint of the cathedral offers a spectacular view of the old city’s streets, their church towers and canals. Once there, your gaze is guaranteed to linger on the Kammerzell House, the Deer Pharmacy and the Place of Rohane.

Taking the small river tram at the wharf of the palace will allow you to sail the canals of the River Ille and marvel at the historical part of Strasbourg – the Little France. It’s one of the Old Town’s most beautiful and best-maintained neighbourhoods. Long rows of the famous fachwerk-style houses are reflected in the canal waters, forcing one to gasp at how beautiful they are.

Tourists shoping in historical Strasbourg center
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tourists shoping in historical Strasbourg center

Sailing across the canal you’ll see the Covered Bridges with four medieval towers, the Vauban Dam, and the especially unique Old St. Peter’s Church with two different steeples – one Catholic and the other Protestant.

We also recommend you see the buildings of the European Parliament and the European Court, visit the city’s many museums, churches and squares, or perhaps just sit down on a bench and dig into a tasty French-German snack.

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