Place de la République, Christmas tramway
Favorite thing: For Christmas, during the whole month of December, some of the tramways (not all the trains) on line C had been decorated with holly and illuminated fir tree stickers that made them look almost like a fancy train bringing toys to the children!
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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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.
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.
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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
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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.
When to Visit
Favorite thing: Strasbourg's low season is in August, and unlike some other parts of France the weather here can be very pleasant at that time of the year. The peak season starts in September, perhaps the city's most pleasant month, and carries on through Christmas - a really busy period when hotel prices can shoot up due to the Christmas markets.
The absolute worst time to visit is when the European Parliament is in session. This is when hotel rates go sky high. It is definitely worth looking at their plenary agenda to avoid these weeks.
Getting the good shots in Strasbourg
Favorite thing: Strasbourg is a city that is full of people – or it seems that way because there is such a small square in front of the cathedral and the pedestrian zone seems crowded wherever you go. As you head out away from the city center, you see less people and the streets open up. However, for getting people photos, you want to be in that city center. There is so much action going on and so much to capture.
For those that want some nice photos of the area, here are a couple places that I found to be wonderful photo opportunities:
~At the top of the Cathedral – it costs €5 to climb to the top, but if you are looking for aerial photos looking down on the city, this is the place to do it. And you can get some wonderful close ups of the cathedral architecture and statues while you are up there.
~To capture the Ponte Couverts, walk around to the Vauban Barrage. The Barrage was closed for renovations when I was there, so I just got as close to it as possible on the side. I was able to get some great photos and a wonderful panoramic from this angle. When the Barrage is open, you can go to the overlook at the top, which seems to be a spectacular location.
~There is a view of Petite France along the canal just down from the Ponte Saint-Martin – look for the canal lock. From that vantage point, the view across the water and looking past the lock and into the half-timbered Petite France is amazing. When we were there (in the summer) the flower boxes were in full bloom on all the buildings and the bridges. Stunning!
~For a great photo of the European Parliament building, head to where the waters of the L’Ill are at a crossroads, in the center of the European buildings. I found a great ramp for boats that I was able to walk onto to get out from under the trees. Lots of activity in this area with birds and water sports!
~At the Parc de la Citadelle you can get some wonderful pastoral shots and photos of waterfowl, turtles, and other birds. A particularly lovely place in the early morning hours!
If you aren’t able to get the photos you want, don’t worry too much about it. Simply relax and enjoy the city of Strasbourg! You’ll take back memories if not photos
Favorite thing: Tourism Office
17, place de la Cathédrale
67082 STRASBOURG Cedex
- Tel : 33 (0) 3 88 52 28 28
- Fax : 33 (0) 3 88 52 28 29
- E mail : email@example.com
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.
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- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: The French know how to bake! And whenever I am in France I frequently visit the bakeries to sample the delights – whether éclairs, croissants, pain au chocolate, or the ever-so-humble yet very delicious baguette. Strasbourg has a number of bakeries – they are not hard to find. We sampled from a couple of them and found them to be all basically delicious, but perhaps I am biased.
One of my favorite lunches when in France is a simple jambon et fromage baguette (ham and cheese sandwich). It is not only inexpensive, but it is delicious. A baguette and a drink is all I need to keep me going – and when I am touring, I don’t want to waste precious time sitting in a restaurant when I could be seeing things.
I recommend the bakeries. Walk into one and make a selection. Simply tell the clerk behind the counter what you want – if you don’t speak the language, simply smile and point to what you want using sign language if needed to say how many (although it is always a good idea to learn a few French words to help you along).
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What a beautiful city!
Favorite thing: One of my favorite parts of Strasbourg was simply walking around and looking at the architecture. From the Petite France to the fine homes along the canals, this is a beautiful city! We had a beautiful sunny day with blue skies (my favorite) so I enjoyed simply walking around and taking photos. On Sunday morning of our weekend, we decided to go for a long walk along the canals near the European Parliament, which was beautiful as well with lots of swans, boats, and plants. A stop at the Parc de la Citadelle did not disappoint us either and we could easily see why this was a favorite spot for locals.
When you come to Strasbourg, don’t get so caught up in checking the boxes of touristy things to not enjoy the city and its beauty. Just take time to wander!
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Swans in Strasbourg
Favorite thing: I like swans…my camera seems drawn to them. I believe they are one of the most graceful and beautiful creatures on this planet. And Strasbourg seems to like swans as much as I do…or is it that the swans like Strasbourg?
No matter – Strasbourg has lots of swans, gracefully gliding past the European Parliament building, resting dreamily near the houseboats on the L’Ill, or taking care of their young in the pond at the Parc de la Citadelle.
This was one of my favorite things about Strasbourg – the beauty of the swan. The mascot of the region is a stork and, while we saw a number of storks flying or sitting atop roofs, I prefer the majestic swan in the water. Go to Strasbourg and compare them for yourself…I think you will agree!
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VISIT COLMARColmar takes its...
Favorite thing: VISIT COLMAR
Colmar takes its name from the Colombarium tower which was located in the center of the Carolingien domain.
During the last war, Colmar was caught in a zone of German resistance creating what was to be known as the 'Pocket of Colmar' and whose extreme violence was infamous.
The village of Sigolsheim, whose name had been predestined as Blutberg or 'Hill of Blood', was taken and retaken 17 times in one month. Entire villages were destroyed such as Mittwihr and Benwihr. Colmar escaped such destruction miraclously and can today offer one of the most charming city centers of Alsace.
Microcosmically, Colmar has assembled within its boundaries a large share of Alsatian history, artistic wealth and the wine-growing industry.
The center of Colmar reveals its charm: the colors and atmosphere of streets and alley-ways have been well-preserved since the Middle Ages and their ancient houses are reflected in the water which passes through the city.
Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, balconies, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, gables, and edifices from the Renaissance all add to this very special city center.
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