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Welcome to Strasbourg

The fairy-tale city of Strasbourg entices visitors with its Gothic cathedral and meandering streets. Situated on the border between France and Germany, 305 miles (491 kilometers) east of Paris, Strasbourg delights with traditional Alsatian timber-framed buildings that jostle for space along the banks of the River Ill and medieval lanes that run through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town. Travel with a private or small-group guided tour to take in the city’s sights: Book a walking tour to top attractions such as the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame (Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg), widely considered a Gothic masterpiece, as well as the baroque Palais Rohan built between 1732 and 1742. Stroll along La Petite France’s cobbled lanes, and discover the Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban). Or join a bike or pedicab tour to pedal around the covered bridges or admire the modern buildings of European Parliament. At Christmastime, the historic town squares light up with festive Christmas markets, delighting visitors with the scent of mulled wine. Day trips beyond the city lead you to rolling hillsides lined with vineyards. Take a wine tour along the Alsace Wine Route to sample gewürztraminer and riesling wines, and discover pretty villages like Mittelbergheim and historic Riquewihr. Or schedule a day trip to Baden-Baden, the pink sandstone High Koenigsbourg Castle, the medieval village Eguisheim, or the Black Forest, where centuries of Alsatian history come to life.

Top 10 attractions in Strasbourg

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Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

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Perched high in the Vosges Mountains, overlooking the Alsatian plains, the striking pink sandstone towers of the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg are an unmissable sight. Built in the 12th century and extensively renovated in the 19th century, the fairy-tale fortress is a popular attraction along the Alsace Wine Route.More
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Strasbourg Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg)

Strasbourg Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg)

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The Strasbourg Cathedral of Notre Dame (also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, or simply, Strasbourg Cathedral) is the second most-visited cathedral in France, after Notre Dame in Paris. Up to 4 million people visit each year to admire its 465-foot (142-meter) spire and dramatic red facade sculpted from Vosges sandstone.More
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La Petite France

La Petite France

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With its lattice of canals and half-timbered townhouses, La Petite France on Grande Île is one of Strasbourg’s most picturesque areas and is an integral part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site. At the mouth of the River Ill, the historic district is the city’s oldest area, dating back to the 16th-century when it was inhabited by fishermen, tanners, and millers.More
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Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik)

Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik)

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Among Europe’s most popular Christmas markets, Strasbourg’s annual Christkindelsmärik sees the city transform into a whirlwind of festivity. More than 2 million yearly visitors flock to the seasonal market, which includes craft and gift stalls andvin chaud (mulled wine) vendors, as well as an ice rink and carolers.More
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St. Thomas Church (Eglise St. Thomas)

St. Thomas Church (Eglise St. Thomas)

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The striking Cathedral of Notre-Dame might be Strasbourg’s most famous religious building, but the comparatively modest St. Thomas Church (Eglise St. Thomas) still stands out as one of the city’s most unique designs. Combining its 12th-century Romanesque façade with Gothic touches added in the 16th century, the protestant church appears more like a castle than a church and boasts five naves and a single tower.Inside the church, notable highlights include a 10-meter-tall fresco of Saint Michael; an 18th-century Silbermann organ, famously played by Mozart; and an impressive collection of 18th and 19th-century tombs, including the elaborate Marshal of Saxony mausoleum, the work of legendary sculptor J.B. Pigalle.More
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Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan)

Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan)

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Built for then-Bishop оf Strasbourg, Cardinal Armand Gaston Maximilien de Rohan, 18th-century Palais Rohan has hosted an impressive guest list throughout its history—Louis XV, Marie Antoinette, Napoléon Bonaparte, and Charles X. Now, the riverfront landmark on Grande Île plays host to three important cultural institutions: Musée des Beaux-Arts,xa0 Musée Archéologique, and Musée des Arts Décoratifs.More
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Place Gutenberg

Place Gutenberg

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Named after one-time Strasbourg resident Johannes Gutenberg, who famously invented the movable-type printing press in 1439, Place Gutenberg remains an important commercial and navigational center of Strasbourg’s Old Town, strategically located close to the landmark Cathedral of Notre Dame. Today the square is best known as a meeting place, lined with cafes and restaurants, but a statue of the square’s namesake still takes prize place at its heart—designed by David d'Angers in 1840.With many of its half-timbered buildings dating back to medieval times, Gutenberg Square is also celebrated for its striking architecture, most notably the Renaissance-style Chambre de Commerce (Chamber of Commerce) and the 16th-century Hotel de Commerce, from where writer Arthur Young watched the destruction of the magistrates' records during the Revolution. Place Gutenberg is also the center of many of the city’s seasonal festivities and events, hosting games and fetes during the summer months, a Christmas market and carousel over yuletide and a number of flea markets and book fairs throughout the year.More
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Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban)

Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban)

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Built in 1690 by its namesake—legendary military engineer Sebastien Vauban—the Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) was designed not only as the city’s principal lock, but as an integral part of Strasbourg’s fortifications. Guarding the southwestern entrance to the Grande Île, the dam spans the width of the River Ill and has the capacity to flood the entire southern end of the town in case of attack.Today the grand lock, with its 13 arches, magnificent sculptures and grass-topped terrace, is among the city’s most recognizable landmarks and makes a popular lookout point, offering panoramic views over the nearby Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts), the Old Town canals and the distant Cathedral of Notre Dame.More
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Strasbourg Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts)

Strasbourg Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts)

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A trio of bridges arching over the canal ways of the River Ill, the Strasbourg Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts) are an iconic symbol of the city, marking the gateway to its central Grande Ile. Somewhat confusingly named, since none of the three bridges remain covered, the bridges once formed an important part of the city’s medieval fortifications and featured wooden canopies from where soldiers could protect the dam below.Today the bridges are a lasting vestige of medieval Strasbourg, and while their ramparts were destroyed back in the 18th century, the remains of the 14th-century square towers that once linked the bridges together still stand. The historic bridges are best viewed from the grass-topped terrace of the nearby Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban), which offers panoramic views of the surrounding La Petite France district, or on a boat cruise around the city’s canal ways, passing beneath the arches of the fabled bridges.More
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Orangerie Park (Parc de l'Orangerie)

Orangerie Park (Parc de l'Orangerie)

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Stretching over 2,600 hectares, the Parc de l’Orangerie is Strasbourg’s largest and oldest public park and the principal attraction of the city’s northeastern Orangerie neighborhood, or European Quarter. The tranquil, flower-lined gardens were created in honor of Napoléon’s wife Joséphine (although the empress never visited the park) and were laid out in 1804 by André Le Nôtre, who was best known for designing the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.One of the Orangerie’s principal landmarks is the Europe Parliament building, which fronts the northwest entrance to the park and has served as the seat of the Council of Europe since 1977. It’s an impressive sight, lined with flags from the EU’s 28 member states. Additional highlights of the park include the Joséphine Pavilion, a small zoo and stork sanctuary, a rowing lake and several playgrounds, as well as a network of walking and cycling trails.More

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Gregory W, Jul 2017
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Savannah K, Jul 2016
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