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City trip to Strasbourg: These are the best spots in the city on the Ill River

As the capital of Europe, Strasbourg is not only suitable for a cultural trip, but also for a weekend trip with many beautiful experiences.

25 November 2021

The city on the French-German border is known for the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. It is therefore one of the few cities that, despite being the seat of international organizations, is not the capital of a state. There is a lot to see here: Strasbourg's main station already welcomes its guests with outstanding architecture! This runs through the entire city, which is divided into the medieval old town on the Grande-Île and the new town.

Thousand year old architecture

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame, also known as the Liebfrauenmünster in German, is the city's landmark and a true Gothic masterpiece. The foundation stone was laid almost a thousand years ago. Especially worth seeing is the astronomical clock, which is located inside the Cathédrale. After 300 steps inside the Cathédrale you have not only a beautiful view of the city, but also over the territorial entity of Alsace.

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Culinary Strasbourg has the best of two nations to offer: The French cuisine combined with German highlights should not be missed by any holidaymaker. The typical Alsatian tarte flambée, according to an old tradition, can be found in many restaurants in the old town and should not be missing on any travel itinerary. During the Christmas season, it is recommended to make a stop at the oldest Christmas market in France in Strasbourg to warm up with a punch.

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Boat trip on the Ill

The Ill, the left tributary of the Rhine with a length of almost 217 kilometers, flows through Strasbourg and connects the city with many canals. A boat tour through the small France is particularly suitable here and is even included in the Strasbourg Pass. The tour leads to the parliamentary district in Strasbourg, where free guided tours of the EU Parliament are offered for all those interested in politics. Speaking of free: on the first Sunday of every month, admission to all of Strasbourg's museums is free.

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Overnight stay in the city centre

In Strasbourg, it is worthwhile to have a place to stay directly in the city centre. Because the picturesque old town and the romantic atmosphere can be enjoyed especially in the evening during a walk along the Ill. The Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa is centrally located and offers the best comfort in the heart of Strasbourg. This traditional hotel is located in an imposing brick building in a pedestrian street in the city centre and impresses with luxurious furnishings.

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Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa

4 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
67000 Strasbourg France
+33 (0)3 88 32 08 60

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