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Strasbourg

 

Destination Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the attractive capital of the region Alsace, is most widely known for its important role in the European Union. Both the European Parliament and the Council of Europe with its Court of Rights are seated in this intellectual, cultural and economic city. Strasbourg is situated right on the border to Germany, and therefore strongly influenced by the Germanic culture. Since Roman times Strasbourg has been a transportation center because of its ideal location just west of the Rhine. This important hub is the second largest on the river Rhine and links Northern and Central Europe with the Mediterranean.

Petite France in StrasbourgIn 1988 Strasbourg became the first city to have its entire center classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Petite France, the name of the most picturesque island in the city center, hosts some of Strasbourg prettiest and photogenic buildings. Discover the cobblestone streets with its adorable half-timbered houses and walk along the lovely canals, which encircle the city. Romantic Petite France, the former home of the city's millers, tanners and fishermen, should not be missed during your France visit.

Strasbourg also hosts one of Europe's oldest universities. The large student population gives the city a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Throughout the 18th century the university welcomed many famous historical students such as Goethe, Metternich and Montgelas.

The strong influence of Germanic culture is still present in the Alsatian cuisine. The Alsatian specialties can be eaten in one of the many cozy restaurants. Try out the most famous traditional dish, Choucroute this is a plate of Sauerkraut garnished with sausages, meat and potatoes or an authentic Flammekueche!. Alsace was the first beer-producing region of France and Strasbourg has many breweries from which Kronenbourg and Fisher are most wildly known. The Alsace is also a very important wine region, taste some of the best French wines such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Muscat Alsace.