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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
What’s the best way for visiting friends to get to know the European Capital of Strasbourg? Both students and “expats” are faced with this question today when friends and family come to stay. First time visitors themselves will also want to know the best way to get an insight into the city. Well, we have the perfect solution - The Batorama experience
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Right in the centre of the city, Strasbourg’s Notre Dame Cathedral’s 142 metres tower above the city skyline. For over 200 years the cathedral was the tallest building in the world, and is still the sixth, as well as one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in northern Europe, described by the writer Victor Hugo as “a prodigy of the giantesque and the delicate”. In fact it is so giantesque that it took 250 years to build, and owes part of its majesty to the reddish hue of the sandstone from which it is built, transported to the city from the nearby Vosges mountains. Having marvelled at the interior, more intrepid visitors then face a climb of 332 steps to the top, but the effort is worth it, with spectacular views over the whole city.