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The main attractions of Strasbourg such as the Cathedral, the La Petite France district and the European Institutions

Strasbourg, often translated as “Strassburg” in German, is the capital of the Grand Est region in northeastern France. It is a city steeped in history that has been at the crossroads of German and French society for centuries. From its world-famous monument to the picturesque streets of La Petite France, Strasbourg offers a mix of rich history, stunning architecture and cutting-edge European architecture. Below is a closer look at some of the city’s top attractions

1. Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg)
The Strasbourg Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Europe and impresses with its breathtaking facade. It was built between the 12th century. There is an artistic astronomical clock on the outside of the building. From the tower you have a great view over the city.

2. La Petite France
This district in the center of Strasbourg, criss-crossed by canals, is the city’s most beautiful attraction. Half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries line the cobbled narrow streets. The millers, tanners and fishermen of the big city used to live in La Petite France. Today there are numerous cafés, restaurants and shops in a district dominated by tourism.

3. European institutions
Strasbourg is one of the seats of the European Parliament. Other important institutions include the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. The buildings themselves are ultra-modern structures and offer insights into European politics and decision-making. A few kilometers from Strasbourg city center.

4. Rohan Palace
This masterpiece of 18th century architecture, the former bishop’s seat, now houses  Strasbourg’s most important museums and galleries: the Gallery of Decorative Professions, the Museum of Fine Professions and the Archaeological Museum. Tentral in the old town

5. Alsatian Museum (Musee Alsacien)
Great, large local museum. Also in Strasbourg city center.

6. Barrage Vauban
This 17th-century covered weir served to protect Strasbourg by allowing water levels to rise and swamp approaching enemies. In the center at Petite France.

7. Orangery Park
Strasbourg’s old park is a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park has a small lake, a playground and a bowling alley and is ideal for relaxing and unwinding.

8. Thomaskirche – Church of Saint-Thomas
This Protestant church is a fine example of Alsatian Gothic. It is known for its beautiful stained glass and the monumental Silbermann organ, once played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Whether you’re a history buff or just want to experience a unique European culture, Strasbourg will capture your heart. Don’t forget to try Alsatian cuisine with dishes such as “choucroute garnie” and “tarte flambée”, Alsatian sauerkraut platter and tarte flambée.

Some canals in Strasbourg are somewhat reminiscent of Venice.