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Strasbourg

Country
France
State
Alsace
City
Strasbourg
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Strasbourg International Airport is located 15kms from the city centre and receives over two million passengers each year from French cities and a handful of other major European destinations. The Entzheim train station is only five minutes on foot from the airport and runs regular trains into Strasbourg. Shuttle buses depart every 20 minutes from the terminal for Baggersee Station, from where you can catch the ‘A’ line tram into the city centre. Taxis are also readily available outside the terminal 24 hours.  

By Rail

There are excellent railway links with many European cities including London (6 hours), Brussels (5 hours) and Frankfurt (2 hours, 50 minutes). Strasbourg’s central train station is also directly linked to France’s major cities such as Paris (4 hours), Bordeaux (7 hours) and Marseille (9 hours). The city’s main train station is located at Place de la Gare, near the city centre.

By Bus

The city’s main bus station is located at Place des Halles and is serviced by three bus companies. Company of Transport Strasbourg (CTS) runs buses to the towns surrounding Strasbourg such as Wasselonne, Obernai and Erstein (tel: +33 03 8823 4323). Mugler is the other bus company in the area, which services towns to the north of the city and more distant destinations such as Haguenau and Niederbronn-les-Bains

Key places to visit
Notre-Dame Cathedral, La Petite France, South Doorway, Tanner's Quarter, Europa Park


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Places to Visit

Notre-Dame Cathedral

This is the city’s crown jewel of Gothic architecture and one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe. Its stunning pink sandstone façade was begun in 1176 and completed in 1439, and is richly decorated with medieval tympanums and carvings. The incredible features of this structure are too extensive to list. It simply must be seen to be appreciated. The cathedral is also home to one of Europe’s first astronomical clocks, built in 1574. This grand timepiece still works and has its own daily interpretive tours. The church is still used for religious rites and hosts the city’s main religious celebrations. The courtyard is home to the city’s hugely popular Christmas market.

La Petite France

This is without doubt the city’s most beautiful and enchanting neighbourhood. Like an island, it is surrounded by scenic canals on four sides, with bridges connecting it with the rest of the city. The narrow cobblestone streets are perfect for wandering around and soaking in the ambiance of the 16th century houses, with their old roofs and Alsatian-style timbered beams. One of the best strolls is along the rue des Moulins, where the houses are reflected in the water of the canals.

South Doorway

In the tympanum of the doorway in the south transept of Strasbourg's Cathedral are representations of the Coronation and Death of the Virgin (the latter being original) which rank among the highest achievements of medieval art. On either side are two other masterpieces, the famous allegorical figures of the Church and the Synagogue (by a German sculptor, ca. 1230). Built on to the end of the north transept is the chapel of St-Laurent (1495-1505), with a magnificent Late Gothic facade.

Tanner's Quarter

North-west of St-Thomas is the old Quartier des Tanneurs (Tanners' Quarter), with picturesque half- timbered buildings lining its narrow streets, an area known as "Little France" (Petite France). In Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes is the old Gerwerstub or Maison des Tanneurs (restaurant). Farther south-west are the Ponts Couverts (Covered Bridges), four bridges, formerly roofed, over the Ill, which is here divided into four arms. Four of the town's medieval defense towers are also preserved here. The best view (and also a fine view of the town) is to be had from the Grande Ecluse, a dam built by Vauban.

North of the Ponts Couverts, on the western edge of the old town, is the church of St-Pierre-le-Vieux (14th-15th C.). From the south side of the church the old-world Grand' Rue leads back to Place Gutenberg.

Europa Park

This is an amusement park located just outside of town. With over 100 rides, shows and attractions, the park has been providing a family European experience for more than 25 years.

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