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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
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, the attractive Petite France quarter is on Strasbourg’s Grand Île, between two branches of the river, and divided by many canals and bridges into a succession of islands. Historically it was the fishing, milling and tanning district, and its buildings are typically medieval, full of beautiful Alsace timber and baroque sandstone houses that create the perfect place to wander round and lose yourself. The area is a unique architectural heritage full of postcard images like the St Martin bridge, Place Benjamin Zix, and the Tanners’ House.
Choucroute is the iconic dish of Strasbourg and the Alsace region generally. It consists mainly of cabbage and pork meats, but not just any cabbage or pork meats. And you can eat a good choucroute in Strasbourg, but not just at any restaurant.
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.