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    International calls on the cheap

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 1, 2010

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    Yellow awning across the street.

    Favorite thing: It was here in Strasbourg that I first discovered cheap international calls from Internet Cafes.
    I made a call to Australia in which I spoke for between ten and fifteen minutes for 89 eurocents. There is no need to use your mobile phone when these places are around. This particular one was in an Internet Cafe across the road from the Victoria Hotel where I was staying. I also found one in Maastricht in Holland, where the pricing was very similar. I'm told that many major tourist destinations in Europe have them, so it's a good idea to seek them out when you first arrive.

    rue du Maire Kuss, Strasbourg

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    Place Broglie, Opéra National du Rhin

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Op��ra National du Rhin
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    Favorite thing: The Théâtre municipal was built in 1820 at one end of Place Broglie. It was built in a neo-classical style with a front adorned with a colossal peristyle with ionic columns. It is topped by muses but they are only 6 though they should be 9. I do not know who are the missing muses! It is now the Opéra National du Rhin. In front of the Opera, stands (December 2006) a wooden horse. It actually represents the Trojan horse. It has been built here because the Opera has played in October and November "Les Troyens", Grand opéra en cinq actes d’Hector Berlioz

    The Trojan horse is on the far left of the first photo. It is better seen as a close up on the second photo.

    For more, look at www.operanationaldurhin.fr/

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    Place de la République, Palais du Rhin

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Place de la R��publique, Palais du Rhin
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    Favorite thing: The Emperor's Palace was built between 1883 and 1888 by Hermann Eggert on the model of the Pitti Palace in Florence. It mixes the Florence Renaissance style with the Berlin monumental baroque style with some borrowing from the antiquity.

    In the middle of the square (second photo), the Monument aux morts (War Memorial) of WWII, built in 1936 shows a mother with her two sons, one that died for France and the other that died for Germany.

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    A city built on water

    by mariev Updated Jan 5, 2005

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    Houses built over the Ill

    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.

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    Place de la République, Théatre National de Strasb

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    P de la R��publique, Th��atre National de Strasbourg

    Favorite thing: Place de la République (Republic Square) is not in the ancient city and when you walk over the Ill, out of Place Broglie, Place de la République makes a striking difference. It looks almost like a German or Austrian city. This Square was drawn and built between 1870 and 1914, when Strassburg was the capital of the Reichsland of Elsatz-Mosel. Emperor Wilhelm 1st wanted to make it the show room of the power of the Empire. Five prestigious buildings have been built during that period.

    The Diet of the Reichsland of Elsatz-Mosel became after 1918 the Music Conservatory. Since the decentralization of Parisian theaters, it is now the TNS : Théâtre National de Strasbourg.

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    Office de Tourisme

    by ATXtraveler Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: When entering Strasbourg by train, you may reach the station before it is truly open for business. As we arrived just prior to 9am, most of the offices appeared closed. This was the case with the train station’s office of tourism, which led us on a small wild goose chase, as we could see many large cathedrals in the distance, but did not know which one to go to first. There is another Office de Tourisme in town, and it is located adjacent to the main Cathedral. If you reach the station before it opens, simply walk down Rue du Maire-Kuss across the River L’ill, down Rue du 22 Nobembre through Place Kleber, take a right on Rue des Grandes Arcades, and left on Rue des Serruriers. You will see the information station next to the Cathedral.

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    Pl. de la République, Bibliothèque Nationale et Un

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire was built at the end of the XIXth as a neo-classical palace, a pastiche of the Venetian style. After the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, it hosts the largest book collection in France with more than three million books and two thousands incunabulum (early printed books)

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    Place Broglie, Market for Christmas trees.

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Place Broglie, Market for Christmas trees

    Favorite thing: Besides the Opera, Place de Broglie is the place to buy Christmas trees. There are hundreds of these trees that come from the neighboring Vosges mountains. Place Broglie is also the place for a huge Marché de Noël (a few wooden booths are seen on the left of the photo), the Christkindelsmärik. See my tips Marché de Noël for more.

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    River L'Ill

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 21, 2008

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    River L'ill

    Favorite thing: This is the main river in and around Strasbourg, although we are still unclear whether or not it is just a tributary for the Rhine River. According to the maps, they appear to come together on the north east side of Strasbourg. Either way, this wonderful little river gives Strasbourg a great feel, as it surrounds the historic city center, and makes for a great chance to take a river cruise.

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    Place de la République, Prefecture

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Place de la R��publique, Prefecture
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    Favorite thing: I have not found any information about this building that is now used as a "Prefecture". It has been built between 1870 and 1914 as all the other buildings on the Place de la République. Actually, it is both the Préfecture of the Département du Bas-Rhin and Préfecture de la Région Alsace (Départements du Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin)

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    Place Broglie, Colonne Leclerc

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In the middle of Place Broglie, a tall column celebrates the memory of General Leclerc that started in 1940 in Chad with a column of three hundred men with a single canon that became the 2ème DB (second armored division) and freed Paris on the 25th of August 1944 and Strasbourg on the 23rd of November 1944.

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    Place Broglie, Cercle Militaire

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Place Broglie, Cercle Militaire

    Favorite thing: On the Northern side of Place Broglie stands a long building adorned with brass canons standing along the front. Obviously, something military, doesn't it? I found later, in the phone book that at this address (17 Place Broglie) were the Cercle Mixte de la Garnison and the Cercle des Sous-Officiers. I hope to learn more about the canons but that is all I could find!

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    TOURIST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Jun 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Before visiting the Cathedral, we went to Information Office in Cathedral Place. What I wanted to buy, was the Strasbourg pass. I had worked out what we wanted to see and do, and it was good value to buy one.
    Lucky for me, the lady behind the counter told me the Little Petit Train wasn't operating, so this made a difference to the value of the Pass. It wasn't worth buying then, so we just paid as we went.
    Always do the sums before buying these passes, as some are good value, others aren't!

    Cost.....14,90 € per adult and only 7,45 € for juniors for 3 days.

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    Unidentified building

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Unidentified building

    Favorite thing: I have been unable to identify this beautiful building that stands behind the Cercle Mixte de la Garnison, etc (see previous tip). It is not right on Place Broglie but can be seen from the Opera. Who can tell me what it is? Anyway, I enjoyed its look but I always prefer to know more!

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    Place de la République, Palais du Rhin, details

    by JLBG Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Place de la R��publique, Palais du Rhin, details
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    Favorite thing: The Palace was rebuilt identical after the 1944 bombings. It is now called the Palais du Rhin (Rhine Palace) and hosts several city or offices belonging to the département du Bas-Rhin. The photos show various details of the sculptures of the building.

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