Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region and is home to one of the largest medieval quarters in Europe. The cobbled streets of Grand Ile and Petite France give this city a touch of old-fashioned charm. While the timber-framed houses give it a splattering of character. This city has been at the heart of the disagreement between France and Germany for centuries but that only adds to its personality.
There many quaint buildings along the canals of the Petite France district. You will also see the stunning Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. It is of no revelation that it has been named one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.
This sensational cathedral, made of sandstone, was the tallest building in the world. A title that it held for 227 years up to 1874. However, while this is no longer the case it is still the tallest surviving structure that was built in the medieval period.
For hundreds of years, writers have made this the centre-point of their stories. Once you enter, the view of the vaults will instantly grip you. There is still so much history and original building on view. This includes the apse on the east side of the building, which dates back to the 1100s. Discover more Gothic cathedrals in European cities.
La Petite France
Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful part of the city. Here you can immerse yourself in memories of the business that would have taken place on these very streets all those years ago. With waterways, weirs and locks, millers, fishermen and tanners would have carried out their work here.
The black and white half-timbered buildings certainly create a feeling of elegance and character. They date back to the 1500s while the cobblestone streets pave the way through this magnificent part of the city where you can find traditional restaurants serving Alsatian specialities.
This stunning fortified bridge and weir were built in the 1600s on the River Ill. It was one of the most important defences of the city right up to the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
Using pink sandstone, it was created by Vauban with the idea that during times of siege, it would raise the level of the Ill. This would flood the lands located to the south, while dropping barriers to stop invaders from entering. Running the length of the bridge is an internal corridor where you can head up to the roof. Here you will see the towers of Ponts Couverts as well as the cathedral.
At the entrance to Petite France, you are met by three fortified bridges that consist of four tall square towers. These date back to the 1300s and are part of the original city.
The name has become a bit lost throughout the years, especially as they are no longer covered. Up to the 1700s, the crossings were protected by long roofs that would have offered protection during sieges. However, this magnificent structure became obsolete following the construction of the Barrage Vauban.
If you want to learn about local traditions and art in the city, then the Musee Alsacien is the place to go. This 17th-century house in a supreme location offers galleries where you can find reconstructions of historic home scenes and workshops. They all come with original ceramics, costumes and everyday utensils.
One of the more interesting displays is the traditional Savoir-Faire of the Alsace Region. This shows how wine was pressed in the 1700s while taking you through the history of wine growing during the Roman period.
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Events In Strasbourg
Strasbourg Mon Amour
If love and romance are your things then the Strasbourg Mon Amour is a ten-day long event that leads up to the 14th February, where lovers are celebrated.
This is a poetic event and is perfect for visitors to experience the traditions of the city. It brings with it unique nights our, romantic dances, pop up bars and concerts as well as tours of the museums within the city. You can also take advantage of gourmet dinners, photography exhibitions and film screenings.
The festival was founded in 1982 and is the international festival of the music of today in Strasbourg. Taking place each Autumn the festival brings with it contemporary classical music concerts, where you can take advantage of a truly creative space. Musica is perfect for all audiences, ranging from real music lovers to those who have a small interest in music.
Over a period of two weeks it celebrates the works of 20th-century musicians and the legacies that they created. The musicians masterpieces are looked at in contrast to new artists, composers and performers. It is a music festival with a difference.
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