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Strasbourg is France's easternmost city. It is located on the Rhine and thus along the border with Germany, and throughout history the city has been under both German and French rule, which can be seen in both historical events and in many neighborhoods of the interesting city.

The island of Grande Île is the center of Strasbourg, and here are many sights and opportunities for lovely walks that can start at Place Kléber. On the island you can see the city's cathedral and four other old churches as well as the atmospheric neighborhood, Petite France, with canals and half-timbered houses.

Strasbourg is one of the centers of European politics. There are a number of institutions in the city, the most famous of which are the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. You can see the buildings in the Quartier Européen area. Another exciting neighborhood is beautiful Neustadt, which was laid out in the city's German time.

The area around Strasbourg offers many and very varied excursion options. The mountains of the Vosges and the Rhine Valley are good places to experience nature, and there are also a large number of beautiful cities in both France and Germany.

Other attractions

Place Kleber, Strasbourg

  • Kléber Square/Place Kléber: This is Strasbourg's largest square and the city center. In the square you can see a statue of General Jean-Baptiste Kléber, and you can see fine buildings with Aubette from 1765-1772 on the north side as the most worth seeing.
    The European Quarter/Quartier Européen: Strasbourg is a city with several European institutions. The Council of Europe has its seat in the Palais de l’Europe building, while the European Parliament meets in the Batiment Louise Weiss building.

Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg

  • Vauban Dam/Barrage Vauban: This is a combined bridge and dam built in the years 1686-1690. There is an inner corridor in the dam that could be used to flood the land south of the city if enemies came.
  • Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art/Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain: At this museum you can see a large collection of art from 1870 to today. Here are paintings, sculptures, graphics and much more of i.a. Max Ernst and Vasily Kandinsky.

Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

  • Rohan Palace/Palais Rohan: This beautiful palace was built as the residence of the bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan. It was completed in 1742 in distinguished French baroque. Today there are several museums in the beautiful building.

National Theater, Strasbourg

  • The National Theater/Théâtre National: The beautiful National Theater in Strasbourg is located in Neustadt and was built as the seat of the German Parliament in the Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen. The building was built in the Neo - Renaissance in 1888-1889.
  • National and University Library/Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire: This library was founded in 1872 as the German regional library for the Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen. It was also an academic library, and the institution was maintained after the French takeover of the territory.

Parc de l'Orangerie, Strasbourg

  • Orangery Park/Parc de l’Orangerie: This park is one of Strasbourg’s lovely, green areas. The 26-hectare / 64-acre park was laid out in the 18th century and offers fine facilities and many paths for lovely walks.
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Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

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Petit France, Strasbourg

  • Little France/Petite France: This is a picturesque neighborhood with canals and half-timbered houses. The neighborhood is located at the western end of the island of Grande Île, which is the site of Strasbourg's old center. The island and Petite France are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Grande Île: Grande Île is the name of the island that forms the historic center of Strasbourg. There are sights everywhere on the island; eg Place Kléber, the city's cathedral and the lovely area, Petite France.

Cathedral of Our Lady, Strasbourg

  • Cathedral of Our Lady/Cathédrale Notre-Dame: Strasbourg's cathedral is one of the finest buildings of the late Gothic period; although there are also Romanesque elements in the church that was built 1015-1439. At 142 meters / 465 feet in height, it was the tallest building in the world from 1647 to 1874. You can see fine tapestries and glass mosaics in the church's interior.
  • Neustadt: Neustadt is the name of a district that was laid out as a kind of new center in the German time of Strasbourg in the years 1871-1918. There are squares, boulevards and many worth seeing buildings here; they were built in eg contemporary art nouveau. The former Kaiserpalast, Palais du Rhin, and Théâtre National are a few of the fine constructions.

Place de la Republique, Strasbourg

  • Republic Square/Place de la République: This large square was laid out as Kaiserplatz in Strasbourg's German times. It forms the center of Neustadt and is exclusively surrounded by large and monumental public buildings with the former Imperial Palace as the most impressive.
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Vosges, France

  • Vosges: The Vosges is a mountain range in Alsace and Lorraine, whose highest peak is the Grand Ballon at 1,424 meters/4,671 feet. There are countless opportunities for lovely walks in mountains, forests and by lakes, and one can see interesting castles in several places; eg the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg with a magnificent view.
  • Natzweiler-Struthof: This place was a German concentration camp that was established as the only German camp on French territory during World War II. The camp was in operation 1941-1944, and it is today a museum and memorial.

Colmar, France

  • Colmar: Cozy Colmar is a city with a nice atmosphere. Here are many old buildings such as Maison Pfister and Koïfhus, and you can enjoy the canal area, also known as Little Venice, la Petite Venise.
  • Saarbrücken: This is the capital of the German state of Saarland. You can take several nice walks in the city and see the 16th century bridge over the river Saar and the baroque castle Schloss Saarbrücken. You should also visit the beautiful Ludwigskirche, which is considered one of Germany's most important Protestant churches.

Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Karlsruhe: The city of Karlsruhe is the second largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is beautifully situated on the river Rhine, and the 18th-century castle Karlsruher Schloss is one of the area's major sights. Schlossplatz, the city's concert hall and the botanical garden are other places worth visiting.
  • Freiburg: Freiburg is a German city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, and there are several things to see. The city center is cozy, and here you can see the so-called Freiburg Bächle, which are small water canals in the streets. Buildings include the Historisches Kaufhaus and the Siegesdenkmal Victory Monument.

Heidelberg, Germany

  • Heidelberg: Heidelberg is an idyllic town on the river Neckar, and the Alte Brücke bridge from 1788 crosses the river here. Heidelberger Schloss is beautifully situated above the city, where you can take a nice walk in the Altstadt with i.a. the square Kornmarkt and the town Jesuit church. Also take the funicular to Königstuhl for a nice panoramic view.
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  • Centre Commercial Aushopping, Place André Maurois,
  • Les Boutiques de l'Aubette, Place Kléber,
  • Place des Halles, 24 Place des Halles,
  • Rivetoile, 3 Place Dauphine,
  • Shopping streets: Grand Rue, Rue des Grandes Arcades, Rue des Hallebardes, Rue des Orfèvres, Rue de la Mésange
With kids
  • Animal Park: Parc Animalier Friedel, Rue Girlenhirsch, Illkirch-Graffenstaden
  • Canal Tours: Batorama, Place du Marché aux Poissons,
  • Zoological Garden: Zoo de l'Orangerie, Boulevard de l'Orangerie,
  • Arcade Games: Pixel Museum, 14 Rue de Lattre de Tassigny, Schiltigheim,
  • Geology and Minerals: Musée de Minéralogie, 1 Rue Blessig,
  • Zoology: Musée Zoologique, Boulevard de la Victoire,
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