Villa Novarina

11 rue Westercamp, Strasbourg, Alsace, F-67000, France
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What to do in Strasbourg

by hokiechick

I will be traveling to Strasbourg, France the first week of December. Other than the points of interest within the city, what are some great places and sites to see outside of the town limits (within a few minutes to 2 hours). anything interesting on the germany or switzerland borders? What weather can I expect that time of year for packing purposes. Anything to see around the Paris airport that I can checkout while waiting for my 3 hour layover? (within walking distance?) I also do not speak a bit of French or German or any other language for that big of a problem is that going to be?

RE: What to do in Strasbourg

by blackbirdxx

>>how big of a problem is that going to be?<< don`t expect everybody to speak your language, so please be so polite to ask first : "Do you speak English?"
>>points of interest within a few minutes to 2 hours<< take a walk along the river Rhine at the German border (city Kehl), beautiful park landscape.>>anything interesting on the germany or switzerland borders<< Visit Colmar, the lake Constance (cities Konstanz (Germany), Bregenz (Austria) St. Gallen (Switzerland))

RE: What to do in Strasbourg

by Beausoleil

All the towns on the Alsace Wine Route are close to Strasbourg. That might be fun if weather permits. Cute places to visit are Obernai, Selestat, Barr, Ribeauville, Mont Ste. Odile on top of a mountain with a view of the Rhine (weather permitting), the castle Haut-Koenigsbourg with more incredible views (weather permitting). There are lots of wine villages, all lovely and that's just in France!

In Strasbourg there is the Orangerie, a huge park near the river. They have a resident stork breeding program there that is very interesting. You hear them clacking as you approach. In December, I don't know if you'll see much though.

RE: RE: What to do in Strasbourg

by blackbirdxx

the stork breeding program in the Orangerie made the animals so used to be fed, that they don`t fly to Africa no more. Many of them stay through winter.

Travel Tips for Strasbourg

Palais de Rohan

by chancay

This is the Palais de Rohan. It was the bishop's residence. The Rohans were a
very wealthy family who also had a Palais at Saverne. It currently houses the
archeological museum, and music concerts both in the courtyard and inside (it is
very ornate). (INFO THANKS TO CPCMole )

The view around from the church tower was great although the weather was not very good.

Alsacian cooking 101 : Bilberry tart

by mariev

Easy to prepare, this is THE alsacian end of summer in the countyside's dessert (and it makes so pretty blue teeth)

Bilberries (bluish black European blueberry) tart with custard

Sanded paste :
250 grams flour, 125 grams butter, 1 pinch of salt, 1 egg yolk, 40 grams sugar, 1 half glass of water.
500 grams of washed and sorted fresh bilberries.
2 eggs, 15 centilitres fresh cream, cinnamon powder (or vanilla sweetens according to tastes), some bread crumbs or biscuit remainders.

Butter and flour a tart plate.
Make a pie crust pastry with the indicated ingredients.
Put the pastry in the tart plate as to form the crust and pick the bottom with a fork.
Crush the biscuit remainders and powder the tart bottom with it (or with the bread crumbs).
Fill with bilberries.

Put it in the (preheated)oven.
Cook 20 minutes (hot furnace).

Beat the eggs, sugar, the cream and vanilla (or cinnamon) yo obtain the custard.
Open the oven and pour the custard on the tart.
Put it back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Let it cool and serve powdered with sugar freezes.

Discover local customs : Musee Alsacien

by mariev

A very nice mid sized museum featuring daily life’s items from the 18th and 19th centuries : furnitures, costumes, cooking gear, tools, religious items, toys…all very well presented.

The Musee Alsacien has been nicely renovated for it’s 100th birhday (end 2006) and occupies now 3 old (linked) pretty houses along the Ill.

Address : 23-25, quai Saint-Nicolas - 67000 Strasbourg

Open Wednesday to Monday, from 12h to 18h (10h to 18h on sundays)
Entrance : free

We got there by train as it is...

by Sjalen

We got there by train as it is on the main line Brussels-Luxemburg-Basel-Milan so several trains a day stop here. Also trains from Paris of course. It is harder to try to find a train to Germany for historical reasons. The only solution there is to catch a train from Offenburg in the Black Forest.
Space-looking modern trams run in circles around the city centre as a compliment to buses. The centre itself is best seen on foot.

Tourist versus local.....

by Maryimelda about S'Zwilling Steubel

On my second night in Strasbourg, I thought I'd try a restaurant that was off the tourist track, since it is widely believed that these type of restaurants are better. Hence I found a humble looking little place in the backstreets. There was no one in sight when I walked in. A local man came in after me and we called out "hello"! The chef came running out to greet us and whilst he was very pleasant to me, I soon was ignored in favour of the local man. The chef took my order whilst still carrying on a conversation with the local. Then he cut us both a basket of bread, poured us a drink and left to prepare the food. At this time a lady arrived who turned out to be the waitress. She too, totally ignored me as she delivered my food whilst at the same time, having a conversation with the local man. Food was OK but what was termed "Filet Mignon" on the menu was actually a cheap cut of beef which had been cut to look like a Filet but had obviously been casseroled for quite some time to make it tender. I paid my bill and left with the definite impression that in some instances, maybe we are better off eating at the "Tourist" restaurants after all.


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