Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace in France and is probably the most charming town that you will visit. Because it is an ancient city with a special attraction and that is influenced by both French culture, and of the German one, this will surely be a special holiday. It is a traditional city with old buildings from all corners with flowers and landscapes. Here’s what you can do in a city break in Strasbourg.
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg is one of the greatest achievements of Western architecture and was built from the ruins of another ancient Romanesque church. The cathedral, built of red sandstone, is a combination of Gothic and Romanesque styles, and the interior is heavily decorated with stained glass and a wonderful astronomical clock. This is the main attraction of the city Strasbourg.
Rohan Palace is an exceptional example of baroque architecture. It is home to three major museums: the Archaeological Museum of Decorative Arts and the Fine Arts Museum, plus art gallery Robert Heitz. Some of the biggest names in France stood in the palace throughout history, even if the building was heavily damaged during the wars. It is now considered an important French historical monument.
Kammerzell House is one of the most famous buildings in Strasbourg. This is a very well preserved medieval building, built and decorated in the Gothic style, built in 1427. The house is situated northwest of the cathedral in the city and you can see from a distance because of the reddish color and special design, in contrast to the modern city.
Big Island (Old Town)
The old city center Strasbourg is called the Big Island or Grande Ile – in French – because the city is surrounded by water channels. The old city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1988 and is considered a well preserved example of a medieval city center. The main attractions are the four medieval churches and old buildings of millers, fishermen and other construction specific to those historical periods.
Barrage Vauban, who currently serves as a bridge, was built as a defense building in the eighteenth century over the river Ill in Strasbourg. It is considered a historical monument since 1971 and currently houses a sculpture belonging to the cathedral and the city palace, offers an impressive view over the old town.
Strasbourg is a special city, where you can spend a relaxing city break, surrounded by bridges decorated with flowers and romantic waters, admire medieval buildings, taste local specialties and have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery that leaves you speechless.