A city built on water
Favorite thing: Something that strikes when comming in Strasbourg is the ever present water.
Be it river like the Ill and the Rhin, human created water way like the canal de la Marne au Rhin, water is never far and brings this lush and serene aspect to the city.
The original town is enclosed in the arms of the Ill and the very center (including the Cathedral) is largely built on pillars.
The name of the region itself is linked to the water : Alsace is localy named "Elsass" ("what lies along the Ell", "Ell" beeing the old name of the river "Ill").
The rivers, providind easy transport facilities and abundant crops make the region rich and so attractive to all would be conquistadores. So many wanted to posses it, so many came and tried ...Winners, loosers, all of them left something behing or melted in, creating thus an unique combination of cultures.
- Historical Travel
See the City from a Tour Boat
Favorite thing: Tour boats depart regularly from Place du Marche aux Poissons, and take you around the rivers and canals of the city. They provide a great vantage point to see most of the cities sights, and learn a little of the history.
- Museum Visits
- Food and Dining
Palais de Rohan
Favorite thing: 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.
- Family Travel
GO TO THE OLD TOWN AREA.....
Favorite thing: Go to the Old Town area and have a guided tour there on foot......so very enjoyable.......
Brush up your French!!!
But.....don't fear: the guides master several languages..........
Fondest memory: The Merry-go-round........
ENGLISH VERSION Change the...
Favorite thing: YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE : Changing money at the BANQUE de FRANCE (central french bank) at the "Place Broglie" is not possible any more - Though, it's still possible to change some old french francs bills and coins at the BANQUE THE FRANCE - Now, i think best rates is at the POST OFFICE, not far from BANQUE DE FRANCE (150 meters). VERSION FRANCAISE ATTENTION, il n'est plus posible de change vos devises à la banque de France (Banque centrale française) située à la Place Gutemberg. Les meilleurs taux sont certainement à LA POSTE, à 10 de la BANQUE DE FRANCE. Il est cependant tojuours possible de changer certains vieux billets en francs.
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: This is a bad picture of a pretty church. This town has a giant cathedral that has only one spire. I didn't get a good picture of it, so I didn't bother including it. The second spire was never finished as of like six hundred years ago. The town is made fun of for this reason. They are currently in the process of finishing the last spire at a much faster pace and lower loss of life than the other spire.
A walk around the town .....
Fondest memory: .... is always recommendable thing to do when you have only short time. So also in Strasbourg. There are really some pretty houses in the city centre! Doesn´t it look great?
But a walk around the town is also a great thing even when you have more time. You will see a lot of interesting details, like this nice house in the picture on your left.
Just click on it to see all the interesting and wonderful details ...
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: there are several beautiful museums in Strasbourg. I just want to recomend the museum of Notre Dame, the exhibition is great and the buildings were it is located are amazing, they are from the 14th and 16th century. The museum documents the
evolution of the arts between the 11th and the 17th centuries in Strasbourg
and the Upper Rhine region
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: the whole region of the Alsace is famous for its special architecture. It is not a typical french style, there are more similiarties to the german architecture near by in the department of Baden Württemberg.
Fondest memory: The Alsace is famous for it´s wines and other typical french products like cheese, although again the Alsace products are not that comparable to other more "typical! goodies. I tried the Kronesberg beer, in for me uncommon liter bottles and we had delicious "Alsace Flammekuchen"....sorry, don´t remember the french/english name
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- Family Travel
Favorite thing: In the heart of the Petite France Quarter, the Covered-bridges with their three defensive towers offer the visitors a charming view on the river Ill and the Barrage Vauban.
On its top, from the Terrasse panoramique, you can see the Petite France Quarter with its old houses reflected in the still waters of the river Ill and in the background the Cathedrale.
The Barrage Vauban is a defensive dam built on the river Ill in the seventeeth century.
Favorite thing: This is the Maison Kammerzell as it approaches the enormous Cathedrale. Strasbourg was volleyed between France and Germany so many times that both influenced its architecture - but more so the Gothic and Germanic styles, as you can see here. It could be Bavaria, but it is 'Elsass'.
Nice little places...
Fondest memory: Aaaah...exploring Petite France, probably. Beautifully narrow mediaeval area, resplendant with canals and wooden gabled houses, little Alsacien restaurants and choucrouteries...yet this area was named after a dirty form of plague called 'Little France', and this was the ghetto for those who were unfortunate enough to be afflicted with this scurrilous fever. Ugh. Think of that when you're considering how nice it would be to live in one of those little houses by the canals.
La Petite France
Favorite thing: Walk around the old town, La Petite France (Small France) district especially.
Fondest memory: The wonderful architecture of the old buildings facing the water canals!
MORE IN MY TRAVELOGUES: Architecture and Canals.
La Petit France
Favorite thing: Strasbourg is a city where many of the medieval streets have been painstakingly restored. One of the most interesting neighborhoods is Petit France, at the southern tip of the island on which most of Strasbourg is located. The half-timbered buildings give the city a decidely Germanic feeling.
Try to eat the local dishes ,...
Favorite thing: Try to eat the local dishes , very good !!
Here you can see the BAECKEOFFE .
Fondest memory: REZEPT / Sorry I can´t translate it in English :-((
Drei Sorten Fleisch und Kartoffeln in Wein geschmort. Einst ein Arme-Leute-Essen, das die Hausfrauen am Waschtag dem Bäcker zum Schmoren brachten und nach drei Stunden wieder abholten.
Zutaten(für 6 - 8 Personen)
Zubereitung in einer ca. 40 cm langen, 25 cm breiten und 20 cm hohen Keramikform. Das gesamte Fleisch wird eine Nacht lang eingelegt.800 g Schweineschulter800 g Rindfleisch 800 g Lammschulter ohne Knochen1 Schweinshaxe1 kleiner Schweineschwanz3 grosse Zwiebeln1 Stange Lauch (weisser Teil)5 Knoblauchzehen1 Lorbeerblatt3 Nelken1,6 kg geschälte und in Scheiben geschnittene KartoffelnSalz und Pfeffer aus der Mühle200 g Mehl (nach Belieben)
ca. 1 l Weisswein
ZubereitungDas Fleisch in grosse Würfel schneiden. Zusammen mit der Schweinshaxe und dem Schweineschwanz salzen und pfeffern. Eine Nacht lang mit den gehackten Knoblauchzehen im Weisswein marinieren. Eine Schicht Kartoffelscheiben mit etwas Lauch in die Form geben. Das Fleisch, die Schweinshaxe und den Schweineschwanz, die kleingeschnittenen Zwiebeln, das Lorbeerblatt und die Nelken drauflegen.Mit den restlichen Kartoffelscheiben und Zwiebeln bedecken. Mit Weisswein übergiessen. Wenn nötig etwas Wasser zufügen, damit die Flüssigkeit bis ungefähr 3/4 der Höhe der Keramikform reicht. Zudecken. Um die Form hermetisch zu verschliessen, kann der Deckel mit einem Teigstreifen (aus 200 g Mehl und etwas Wasser) verklebt werden. Dieser Kniff ist nicht unbedingt notwendig, doch er sorgt im allgemeinen bei den Gästen für einen grossen Überraschungseffekt. Das Ganze im heissen Backofen (180 Grad/ Stufe 6-7) 2 1/2 bis 3 Stunden garen.
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