Favorite thing: Standing some 142 metres high, Strasbourg Cathedral was once the tallest in Christendom. It totally dominates the city (see the aerial view at the head of this page), and offers fantastic views over not only Strasbourg, but the Alsace countryside and into Germany. (The tower was closed when we were there, see all that scaffolding!).
Favorite thing: Set close to the river, by the Pont St. Thomas, this is a huge, bulky looking church, built in red sandstone. It is sometimes known as 'the protestant cathedral' and contains some bizzare examples of funeral sculpture, the most famous of which is that of Marechal De Saxe.
Favorite thing: Look at the beautifulold, half-timbered buildings of the Petite France area. One of the most famous is the Tanners House, shown in this picture. Many of the buildings in this area were used by tanners, the many openings in the rooves being to allow the air to circulate to dry the pelts.
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.
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.
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.
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........
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.
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.
.... 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 ...
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
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
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'.
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.