Strasbourg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – not least because of the mighty Minster with its ornaments. Thanks to the diverse and rich cultural heritage, the entire city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Strasbourg is worth a visit for its history, its way of life, its gastronomy...!
The foundation of the city of Strasbourg dates back to 12 BC. The centre of the then Roman outpost was the Illinsel, on which today is the old part of town.
In the 4th century Straßburg became the seat of the bishopric, in 1262 the free imperial city in the holy Roman realm.
From 1176–1439 the Strasbourg cathedral was built; It was the tallest building in the world until 1874.
Johann Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg from 1434–44, among others this made Strasbourg an important centre for the production of books.
In 1770/71, Johann Wolfgang Goethe studied in Strasbourg, and the city became the focal point of the literary movement.
In addition to Metz and Cologne, the city was one of the most important fortresses in the German Reich at the end of the 19th century.
Because of the two world wars, in the first half of the 20th century the Alsace metropolis several times changed affiliation to France, or to Germany.
In 1949, the city became the seat of the Council of Europe.
Excursion destination: Strasbourg
Strasbourg is a beautiful city that invites you to take a stroll, and not only in summer. Worthwhile is a visit to the beautiful old town, a World Heritage site since 1988 or a boat trip on the Ill, a visit to the European Parliament or the tanner's quarter with its half-timbered houses and beautiful dormers.
Guided tours of the cathedral show the visitor one of the architectural highlights of the Gothic.
A guaranteed great time is the Christmas market, called Christkindelsmärik by the locals. This is spread over several places in the city. Each year a huge fir from the Vosges is part of it. The whole city is enlivened weeks before by the beautiful Advent decorations.
Linger in Alsace
Because of the common history, it is not only the similar dialect that connects us with this, the smallest French region. It is also the love of good food and drink. The Alsace is not only famous for its good wines and Crémant d'Alsace, but specialties such as Tarte Flambée, ring cake, Quiche Lorraine or Munster cheese also come from this region.
Many historic wineries and the Vosges invite you to Strasbourg for extended excursions.