Strasbourg is an important French city primarily known for hosting numerous European institutions. It is a very fascinating tourist destination too mainly for two reasons. The first is its gorgeous historical center, the Grande Île. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1988) and can be totally explored walking or by bike in a few days. The second is because of the neighborhood diversities that make up the spot.
It is one of the nine biggest municipalities in France with around 500 thousands inhabitants. The city holds the headquarters of the European Parliament (which besides meets in Brussels), Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, the Eurocorps, etc. The lingua franca is French; however it is possible to find people able to engage in a German talk with you.
Buy a train ticket to Strasbourg and come to enjoy the variety of this city. The tourism office offers diverse self-guided walking tours of the settlement for 1 euro each. They include not only Middle Age and Renaissance, but also Modern and Contemporary styles. Visit the Petite France, a small district amid the rivers. Which a charming streets and wooden houses it comprises Goethe’s home.
One of the architectural venues most visited is the Cathedral Notre Dame with the highest tower in the country (142 meters). This Gothic building was constructed in the period between 1176 and 1439 and constitutes the finest highlight in its style. It has a panoramic vantage point situated 66m high, which will let you admire the whole metropolis and its surroundings.
The Maison Kammerzell, built in 1589, is located next to the Cathedral. Its exterior was made entirely with wooden trusses and its frescoes were painted by Leo Shnug. This combination makes it an unavoidable part of the city. Since the 19th century, it has been used as a hotel and restaurant where you will be able to taste many Alsatian gastronomic specialties and over all this in an extremely pleasant setting.