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Its setting in eastern France on the border of Germany, sitting on the banks of the Rhine, the world’s most-travelled river, makes Strasbourg a nucleus of communication, historically from its medieval past, to today, with its status as the capital of the Alsace region. The city is a cosmopolitan centre for university students and curious tourists; and full of fantastic hidden corners, with a spectacular Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as well as Europe’s oldest Christmas market and the picturesque Petite France quarter with its canals and typical taverns. Its historic feel contrasts beautifully with its modern districts that show the city’s contemporary side, making Strasbourg a unique destination that has something to please everybody.
Main City Paris
Surface 222 km²
Built in 1427, the Kammerzell House is one of the most famous buildings in Strasbourg. If Alsace is famed for its gastronomy and its welcoming winstubs (taverns), the restaurant Kammerzell House, in the city centre, is the symbol of Strasbourg itself. You can admire its façade, visit the different floors, wander through the rooms, (magnificently decorated by Léo Schnug), and marvel at the incredible views of the cathedral. And once seated at your table, you can sample local specialties including sauerkraut, flammkuchen, and baeckeoffe, all washed down with delicious Alsace white wine. An irresistible experience for any foodie.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is a spectacular cathedral that has been dedicated to modern art since 1870. It was designed by Adrien Fainsilbe, and built on the edge of the River Ill, and its collections include examples of work by Gustave Doré, Kandinsky, Giuseppe Penone, Max Ernst, Braquet, Monet, Picasso and Gaugin. The museum also features regular temporary exhibitions, and the building also houses an art library, a restaurant and shop, an auditorium and a terrace with a magnificent view of Petite France and the Covered Bridges.
Strasbourg’s busy student population makes the city a great place to go out and party, with a good variety of entertainments and nightlife. The historic centre and the Krutenau district have everything you could wish for if you’re in the party mood: winstubs for a first drink, clubs to dance until dawn, themed bars, and live music. But in Strasbourg the best parties are to be found down by the water, so head down to the quay and discover the boat bars that are moored along the banks of the river. Floating parties are the latest thing in the city and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable night!