Alsace Things to Do

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Alsace Things to Do

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Observation platform is situated atop and between two bell towers of Strasbourg Cathedral. You will have to climb three hundred and twenty two steps along spiral staircase to get here. No elevator is available. So, always mind your present physical condition and watch your steps. If you get here then your reward will be wonderful panoramic view at...

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  • Old Town

    Colmar Things to Do

    Fishmonger’s Quarter is situated in historical center of Colmar along Quai de la Poissonnerie and Rue de la Poissonnerie. Here you are going to find many half-timbered houses built mostly in XVII century. They are very colorful and contrasting with green water in the river. So, on sunny day here you are going to see that the sky is blue and water...

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  • Petite France

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    A small area in Strasbourg of waterways ,canals, covered bridge, locks,towers.pubs etc. There are direction signs to Petite France but there could be more. I had a beer in the pub Academie de la Biere ,a tasty drink in an oldfashioned pub. There are about 20 pumps of beer on the bar.

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  • Churches

    Colmar Things to Do

    Present Collegiate Church of Saint Martin was built between 1234 and 1365. It was built over previous Romanesque church of XII century and that Romanesque church was built over much earlier Carolingian Church. Sometime locals call this church basilica or even cathedral but it is not because here is neither bishop nor archbishop. But collegial...

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  • Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Museum of L’Oeuvre Notre-Dame is situated in front of southern wall of Strasbourg Cathedral, so you will no miss it. Museum is billeted in two buildings, first one was built in 1347 and second in 1585. Museum was created to preserve cultural heritage such as artifacts of fine and decorative arts, sculptures and etc. from Cathedral and different...

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  • Museums

    Colmar Things to Do

    Museum is situated in medieval Dominican Convent and has huge collections of artifacts starting from prehistoric times till XIX century. For people like me especially interesting is collection of arms and armor and medieval art, painting and sculpture. Among famous artifacts you are going to find here the works of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias...

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  • Eglise St Pierre le Jeune - Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune is situated in historical center of Strasbourg, at northern part of Grand Island. Modern historians know that its cloister was founder in 1031 and accomplished in 1053. It was constructed on the foundation of much elder Christian church or chapel. Today all that remained from that previous church is only hypogeum or...

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  • Petite Venise

    Colmar Things to Do

    Krutenau Quarter or La Petite Venise (Little Venice) is situated in historical center of Colmar on the banks of the River La Lauch. Of course this quarter cannot compete with real Venice it is very beautiful with all its painted brightly half-timbered houses. Here you can take a small boat and have excellent river trip with wonderful scenic views....

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  • Les Ponts Couverts

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Les Ponts Couverts or the covered bridges received their name because during the Middle Ages these bridges connected islands between different distributaries of L’Ill River and canals of Zornmuhle, Dinzenmuhle, Spitzmuhle and Canal de Navigation. On those Islands in first half of XIII century were built defensive towers. They were Heinrichsturm,...

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  • Fountains/ Statues

    Colmar Things to Do

    Lazarus von Schwendi the Baron von Hohenlandsberg was born in 1522 in Mittelbiberach. He was illegitimate child but in 1524 he was legitimized by the Emperor Charles V of Holy Roman Empire. He studied in Basel but moved to Strasbourg in 1535. In 1546 he entered the service of Charles V. He acted on behalf of Charles V at the Protestant towns of...

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  • Église Saint Pierre le Vieux

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    This Roman Catholic Church of Saint Pierre Le Vieux or Old Church of Saint Peter is known and documented at this place since 1130. It was one of nine local parish churches in medieval times. In 1529 Free Imperial City of Strasburg joined Reformation and church became Lutheran. Since Protestants practiced extermination of many statues and icons,...

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  • House of Heads

    Colmar Things to Do

    La Maison des Têtes or House of the Heads was built in 1609 for the merchant Anton Burger. The Heads House is attributed to the architect Albert Schmidt who also was the author of the old Protestant presbytery and the house of Knights of St. John in Colmar. The Heads House is a beautiful building of the German Renaissance, owes its name to one...

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  • St Thomas' Church - Église Saint-Thomas

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    First church o chapel dedicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle was founded at this place in VI century A. D. yet. Adelochus the Bishop of Strasbourg built “new” church and school here in IX century. Alas his church and school were burnt in 1007 and after the restoration in 1144 again. Construction of present church began in 1196 and was accomplished...

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  • Astronomical Clock - Cathedral

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    In southern isle or wing of transept you are going to find so-called astronomical clocks. This clock is very impressive because it is eighteen meters high. Construction of clock started in 1547 when Strasbourg already was mostly protestant city. Construction was interrupted when cathedral was returned to Catholics and resumed again only in 1571....

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  • Boat Trips

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Boat cruise along L’Ill River around Grand Island should be very attractive. If you take a boat with open deck and without glass roof, then opportunity to take wonderful photos and videos will be guaranteed. Average duration of such trip is one hour and fifteen minutes. You can find schedule at official site of Batorama. Be advised, that Batorama...

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  • Walking

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    We walked a lot in Strasbourg (by choice) and, at one point, instead of walking along the streets, we took the steps down to the canal level where there are park benches and a pathway. The walk took us along the water, under the bridges, and past some beautiful views. Not all the steps lead all the way to the canal level, but those that did not...

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  • Place Gutenberg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Place Gutenberg or Gutenberg Square is situated in historical part of Strasbourg near Cathedral. Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1398-1468) was a man of many skills and professions he was the blacksmith, goldsmith, printer and inventor. So, don’t confuse this Zur Laden with Ben Laden. So, Gutenberg became famous because he was the...

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  • Barrage Vauban

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Barrage Vauban or Dam of Vauban was built in 1681-1690 by famous French Military engineer and architect Marshal Sebastien Vauban (1633-1707). As everything during this time, construction was executed according to will and orders of King Luis XIV of France and Navarre. Admission is free. Vauban designed and constructed his dam as main sluice of...

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  • The European Parliament

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament, which it shares with Brussels. However, it is in Strasbourg that the votes occur during the 12 plenary sessions each year (committee meetings and other work are held in Brussels as well as Luxembourg). The European Parliament buildings are located outside the city center of Strasbourg,...

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  • Place Kleber

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Place Klieber is the largest square in the centre of Strasbourg and is named after General Jean-Bapiste Klieber he was born in Strasbourg in 1753. His remains are in a vault under his statue in the middle of the square.

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  • Maison Kammerzell

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Maison Kammerzel or House of Commerce was built in 1268. This is the biggest and oldest, although several times reconstructed, half-timbered house in Strasbourg. You will easily find it in the northern side of the cathedral square. House has seventy five windows and decorated with the figures of philosophic virtues such as Love, Hope and Faith. You...

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  • Architecture

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The travel guides and maps highlight this house with Egyptian decorations on the exterior as a site worth visiting. It is actually someone’s home on a city street with tall apartments. The façade of the building at 10 rue du General Rapp was created in 1905 and is a unique mix of Art Nouveau and Egyptian styling. A pharaoh stands in the center of...

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  • Palais des Rohan- Museums

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Our Strasbourg Pass included one museum admission and I selected Palais Rohan, I didn't realize that it was actually three separate museums-the Musee des Arts decoratifs (decorative arts), Musee des Beaux-Arts (fine arts) and Musee Archeologique (archeology). So having to select one, I went for the decorative arts museum

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  • Eglise Saint-Guillaume - St William's...

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Church of Saint Guillaume or Saint William in English and Sankt Wilhelm in German was found by Henri von Müllenheim because of his wow he made being the Crusader. Church was probably founded in the end of XIII century because it was consecrated in 1301 and was total functional by 1307. Church is situated at the bank of L’Ill River. Seven hundred...

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  • Batorama River Cruise

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    For tourists who are short of time to see Strasbourg I would recommend a river cruise. Strasbourg is a very old town and has developed over the centuries by the waterway. A cruise is a good way of viewing the old buildings and experiencing the locks.

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  • River Ill

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Starting in the Jura mountains, the river Ill flows north towards Strasbourg before surging around the city centre, creating an island in its wake. Taking a walk along the river, lined with half-timbered buildings and criss-crossed by flower strewn bridges, is a highlight, especially the walk along the south side of the city, from Palais Rohan to...

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  • Maison des Tanneurs

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Maison Des Tanneurs or House of Tanners was built in 1572. It is typical German, late medieval, so called “Fachwerk” or half-timbered construction and this is most iconic in this part of La Petite France historical region of Strasbourg. In XVI century, when population of Strasbourg was German speaking, this area was populated by tanners, fishermen...

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  • The Council of Europe

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The Council of Europe has 46 member states, and its purpose is to promote democracy, human rights and European integration. One small part of their work (the only part I know much about, actually, since I often have to explain it when I do presentations) is the development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This...

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  • Place Broglie

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    This is an old theater, the Théâtre Municipal, first built in 1821. It was destroyed by bombs in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War, but was reconstructed two years later, following the original plans. The National Opera of the Rhine performs here, and also in the nearby cities of Mulhouse and Colmar. They only do 54 performances per year, of 13...

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  • Ancienne Douane - Old Customs Building

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    L’Ancienne Douane or Old Customs House is situated on the bank of L’Ill River. It was constructed in 1358 and construction itself was financed by the rich members of so-called Guild of Anchor. In fact it was the Guild of Boatmen who had excellent profits from Rivers Rhine and L’Ill trade and commercial logistics along these rivers. Customs was...

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  • Christmas Market

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Beginning in 1570, the opened its christmas markets around its prestigious cathedral. since that time, its reputation in Europe has only increased to its merchant tradition as well as its spirit of tolerance and humanism that constitute its history and identity. There are hundreds of artisans presenting their talents and creativities which are...

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  • National School of Administration

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    National School of Administration was founded by President Charles de Gaul in 1945 in Paris. That school supposed to prepare government and municipal officials. Since 2005 school was transferred to Strasbourg and billeted in the Commandery of the Order of the Hospitallers also known as the Order of the Knights of Hospital of Saint John of...

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  • Church of Saint Paul

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    This beautiful Protestant Church of Saint Paul was built by German Authorities between 1892 and 1897. It was the time when after Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, Alsace and Lorraine were returned to Germany and were part Second Reich until 1918. It was designed as the Lutheran Church for German garrison billeted in the city of Strasbourg. Church...

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  • Pont Saint Martin

    3 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Pont Saint Martin or Saint Martin is beautiful bridge over L’Ill River built in XIX century in La Petite France area. Saint Marten Bridge connects Rue Des Moulins and Rue Saint Martin. Bridge itself in not the most beautiful in Strasbourg but from this bridge you are going to get stunning views at La Petite France Quarter, especially at Hotel...

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  • Carousel

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    In summer many French cities set up a carousel in a main square downtown. Strasbourg is no exception and the children appeared to love it. You can take the trolley right into downtown. For fun, especially if the kids are along, take the trolley around the complete route for an instant tour. Then you can walk to the things you want to see and I'm...

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  • Place Marche-aux-Cochons-de-Lait

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Southwest of the Musee-Oeuvre Notre-Dame we come to a square with along one side a fine old half-timbered house with a ground level of stone and two levels above that half timbered with galleries of the 15C. It was finished higher is 1617 as it is seen to this day. There are other old buildings still on the square as well as a fine well and in some...

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  • Statues & Sculptures

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    During our early morning walk around Strasbourg, we were heading over to the Parc de la Citadelle and walked along Avenue du De Gaulle. This was easy enough to find since we were following the tracks of the tram, which go through grassy areas at this point (looking at our map, we figured this would be the quickest way to get us close to our...

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  • Place de la Republique

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The war memorial of a mother with her two sons in the center of the Place de la République is a reminder of the plight of so many families in the Alsace region at a time when the region was at one time French, then German, then French. The memorial, created in the 1930s, is a Pietà – a statue of a mother holding her dead son, or in this case, the...

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  • Le Pont Tournant

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    A small and curious link in the chain of islands is le Pont Tournant (the swing bridge). It's a pedestrian bridge that allows canal traffic to pass through by swinging out of its way. The whole thing is operated manually - the chain is pulled across boss sides and the bridge starts to rotate - just as it once was when the bridge was first built.

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  • Centre Dramatique National (CDN)

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Centre Dramatique National or National Center of Drama is situated near north end of Pont Saint Marten Bridge. Theater of Young Public (Théâtre Jeune Public) is situated at this center. So, if you like theater and dramas then this place is yours. Center and theater are billeted in the buildings of medieval church and monastery built in expressively...

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  • University Gardens - Zoo

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Do you want a change of scene? Perhaps a little greenery? The University Gardens offer a chance to escape the urban hustle and bustle. These are among the most beautiful gardens in France. There is also a small zoo here, le Zoo de l'Orangerie. It's a good place to take the kids.

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  • Place de la Cathédrale

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The Tourist Office stands at the ground level of the house shown on the first photo, another half timbered house! I have no photo of the whole Place de la Cathédrale as in December, the whole square is loaded with the booths of the Marché de Noël!

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  • Parc de la Citadelle

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    In the 1600s, the engineer/architect Vauban designed a fortress near the Rhine to protect the city. Today you can visit the remains of this fortress in the Parc de la Citadelle, accessible by walking or by tram from the city center. Here you can see parts of the high walls that remain from the fortress as you stroll through a wonderfully landscaped...

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  • Saint Etienne Episcopal College.

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Saint Etienne Episcopal College includes primary school, college and lyceum. It situated in the monastery founded in VIII century A.D. Apse of the church is very beautiful and it is better to observe it from the bridges over the River L’Ill. Western facade of church was probably badly damaged during later centuries and now it is looking like a...

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  • Storks

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Friends told us about this and it really is fun. When in Strasbourg, find the large park called the Orangerie. When you enter the park, you will hear a clacking sound. Follow your ears and you will find the storks. Their beaks clacking together make the sound. There are several animals and birds in the enclosure but the storks are free to fly and...

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