La Petite France, Strasbourg
Strasbourg was a walled city in the 13th century. This was when four brick fortified Towers were built. The Matzenturm was razed in 1869 by fire, but the other three are still standing today. The Heinrichsturm was used as a Civil prison, the Hans von Altheimturm and the French Tower were used as Military prisons in the 18th & 19th centuries.
This is the medieval center of Strasbourg and one of my favorite places in that city. In the middle ages La Pétite France used to be the tanners quarter. Nowadays it is one of Strasbourg's main attractions with its narrow, winding lanes and its charming, well-preserverd, half-timbered houses. On holidays and during the summer vacation season it can be quite crowded though. A large part of La Pétite France (Little France) is located along the Ill river and that makes strolling around even more attractive. The lovely reflections of those charming historic buildings are well worth a visit and so are many of the delicious restaurants and cafés.
The Maison des Tanneurs in Petite France is today actually a restaurant. On our visit to Petite France we didn`t dine here, nevertheless, the building is worth a visit, if only to see from the outside. The house is the former seat of the tanner's guild, and is a beautifully decorated half-timbered building in the heart of Petite France.
There are still many buildings in La Petite France that are old including several restaurants for lunch or dinner. The river here divides into four arms and here there are canals and locks and a barrage with rushing water and a pleasant park. At the south edge is the Eglise St.-Thomas built at the end of th12C; it became a Lutheran church in 1529.
Petite France is most charming area in Strasbourg located on the Grande Ile (Main Island). On the this spot river Ile splits up into a number of canals and cascades and because that it calls French Venice This part. is on UNESCO list because area of half-timbered houses. The Petite France is brimming with tourist restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops.
Strasbourg is a charming old city, and one of the most picturesque parts is La Petite France (Little France). It's also the perfect place to eat, shop, hang out, and of course shoot photos. This historic part of Strasbourg once housed the leather-makes (les tanneurs).
The Maison des Tanneurs is one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses of the Petite France district. One side is overlooking the Ill river (first and second photo) with an oriel (bow window); The other side is standing on the Rue du Bain aux Plantes. It has been a restaurant since 1572! They serve excellent "choucroute".
Rue du Bain aux Plantes (Plant Bath Street) bears a strange name that has actually nothing to do neither with plants nor with bath!. It was first called Glanzhof (something like shining yard), which was later miss-spelt into Pflanzhof (plants yard) and finally into Pflanzbad (plants bath). It seems that at one time there was a bath for women, which might explain why Pflanzhof became Pflanzbad. It is now the axis of the Petite France with several well-kept half-timbered houses
On the Quai de la Petite France old half-timbered houses reflect on the waters of a rather still arm of the Ill river. The Petite France was the district with millers and tanners. It is now a highly praised (and visited !) part of Strasbourg. It is an absolute must see!
The whole old city, standing between two arms of the Ill river has been inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list in December 1988 under the title "Strasbourg, large island". It includes the Gothic Cathedral, Saint Thomas church (XIIth - XVth), Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux (XIIth - XIVth), Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune (XIIIth - XVth), Saint-Etienne (XIIIth), the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame, the Ponts Couverts, the Palais Rohan and the streets, alleys, quays, bridges, etc.
The Petite France district in the Old Town of Strasbourg is one of its most famous and touristy districts. Its small streets contain many half-timbered houses of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, very pretty indeed, with wide canals beside them.
It was originally the fishers', millers' and tanners' district.
The Petite France area is one of the most beautiful parts of Strasbourg. Walking along the canals and half-timbered houses is a great way to spend the afternoon. There are also plenty of cafes to sit outside and enjoy the day.
The center part of old Strasbourg is "Petit France". It's chock full of old buildings, historic locations, beautiful flowers, shops and restaurants. This building was the old tannery. All are situated on the charming canals which run through Petit France.
This is the popular corner of the Grand Île (the Main Island) where the Île River splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. The canals sort of reminded me of Holland as quite a few little boats offered rides for the tourists..I wish I would have done so!!
Towers and footbridges situated at the end of 'Petite France' are the Ponts-Couverts, one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Strasbourg. Comprising three 13th-century towers, these ancient fortified remains owe their name to the series of roofed, wooden footbridges. My friends and I actually had lunch on of them..:)
The Petite France, enclosed between the arms of the river Ill, is the eldest part of the Strasbourg.
The name comes from a XVI th century hospital where people suffering from the 'mal francais' (the syphilis) were treated (the hospital was thus nicknamed 'Petite France' )
Many of the typical multicoloured houses in this pedestrial area have a direct issue on the river. Made of cob, clay and timber, most of them are built on pilings.
The accented slopes of the roofs are a testimony of the harsh region's winters.
The Passage Georges Frankhauser is a walkway through the Barrage Vauben. Named after the local architect, the passage is a strange, dimly lit walkway, surrounded on either side by dusty old sculptures, seemlingly left here for storage, or partly finished works.