Official language: French
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
The tower of Notre Dame Cathedral for almost four hundred years was the highest building in Europe. It was defeated only in 1889 by erected on the occasion of World exhibition, French Eiffel Tower.
It is best to sightsee Strasbourg in autumn. The weather is especially pleasant in that period, there is less tourists, and Alsace seems to be almost asking to be visited, best via route of its exquisite wines.
Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in Strasbourg takes place a flea market. If you want to feel the vibe of ancient Alsace and perhaps buy some original souvenir, make sure to go there.
Strasbourg – a city in northeast part of France, by the border with Germany, the capital of Alsace. The most important European Union bodies have their premises in that city. The heart of Europe, that needs no introduction, though certainly it is wort to look at it from less popular, that this political, perspective.
The history of the city goes back to dim and distant ancient times, and it used to be quite turbulent, since the city has always been an important spot on the world’s map. Thanks to this today you can admire its lovely architecture. The heart of Strasbourg is an island – Grand Ile, in the middle of which stands the tower high for one hundred and forty two metres that belongs to a huge cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg). Its construction started in the 12th century, and it lasted for several next centuries. This and other buildings caused that in the 80’s the old part of the city was put on UNESCO World Heritage List.
Strasbourg is a perfect choice for you, if you are an amateur of perfect cuisine. It is considered a gastronomic capital of Alsace, famous for its fantastic dishes, which speaks for itself – going there, be prepared for real fast. Among numerous splendid dishes, it is worth to mention, for instance baeckeoffe, composed of three types of meat, most often pork, lamb and beef, marinated in wine, served with potatoes and vegetables. You will also find there many dishes based on sour cabbage, for instance choucroute aux poissons, which is sour cabbage with different types of fishes, cooked in (what else!) white wine. Perhaps it doesn’t sound good, but you have to believe us – it surely tastes good.
The city looks great as admired from water perspective, and is not lacking channels. Very often trips by water trams are organized, during which you can admire architecture of Strasbourg while comfortable seated. Especially beautifully looks the district Petite France, whose traditional, decorated with thousands flower houses surrounded of weeping willows makes huge impression.