Strasbourg, the European capital and capital of Alsace, is a young and dynamic city.
It’s a hotbed of culture including museums, theatres, operas, concert halls and festivals – and everything is so close at hand.
Whether you love fine restaurants, monuments or entertainment, there’s no doubt that you’ll soon fall in love with this captivating city.
Strasbourg is a unique city, to such an extent that it has been recognised as one of the finest cities on the “Old Continent“.
It belongs to the tightly closed circle of those few rare cities, which, once visited, leave a lasting impression.
The city has an outstandingly rich heritage.
Strasbourg’s historical centre, the Grande-Île, is of such cultural value that it has figured on Unesco’s World Heritage List since 1988.
Throughout the centuries from the Middle Ages up to today, Strasbourg has forged its distinctive character, based on its two major influences – French and German.
It has a unique, surprisingly diversified face. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide a simple means of discovering its main “wonders“.
The more curious among you can explore Strasbourg’s different districts on foot or by bicycle, each of which has its own distinct identity intimately related to its history and its occupants.
Encircled by the arms of the river Ill, the city centre is home to the main sites and monuments which make Strasbourg so famous, including the Cathedral, the Maison Kammerzell, Petite France or the Ponts Couvert.
Strasbourg Cathedral has new lighting which underlines the exceptional architectural wealth of this millenium work.
As a step in the lighting plan of the City, this new lighting will enhance the architecture of the most emblematic monument of Strasbourg, in complete harmony with sustainable development.
Strasbourg cathedral is the second cathedral most visited in France after Notre-Dame de Paris. Four million people visit it every year.
Just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral is The Maison Kammerzell and the the most famous building in Strasbourg will amaze you.
It is Renaissance in style, dates from the fifteenth century and has a steeply sloping roof which will attract your attention as will its beams, with their carvings of secular subjects, and its “bottleneck“ windows and stone ground floor.
It was formerly a merchant’s house and is now a restaurant of some renown.
The restaurant’s rooms on the different floors offer intimate surroundings and decors from another age with remarkable wooden features, vaults and frescoes.
Most of Strasbourg’s narrow streets are friendly places, alive with commercial activities.
There you may discover the famous winstubs, or wine bars, where liqueurs and other equally excellent Alsatian specialities are served.
Not far from The Maison Kammerzell is Strasbourg’s the shopping district.
The rues des Hallebardes, des Orfèvres, du Dôme and des Juifs are mostly made up of shops.
The Place du Marché Gayot is a good place to stop for refreshment, away from the city’s noise, as it is closed to traffic.
The picturesque Place du Marché-aux-Cochonsde-Lait , where a fine group of half-timbered houses is to be admired.
And the nearby Place du Marché-aux-Poissons and the Place de la Grande-Boucherie are also charming places to visit.