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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
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.
Just 45 minutes from Strasbourg, on the triple border between Switzerland, Germany and France, Europa Park is Germany’s biggest amusement park and the second most popular in Europe, and the ideal place for a day out with friends or family to burn off some adrenalin on its 12 roller coaster rides. The park is divided into 13 areas, each representing a European country and its culture, with over 50 attractions to appeal to kids and adults alike. Don’t miss out on the magnificent Belle Époque merry-go-round, a trip through the fairy-tale Enchanted Forest, the spine-chilling haunted castle, the live acts, and a white-knuckle rapids ride. Fun guaranteed!
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.