Private Strasbourg Walking Tour
Get an expert guide all to yourself on a private 2-hour walking tour showcasing the best of charming Strasbourg.
Hailed a ‘Versailles in miniature’, this opulent 18th-century residence was built for the city’s princely bishops, and Louis XV and...
The gingerbready 15th century Maison Kammerzell has ornate carvings and leaded windows.
Occupying a cluster of sublime 14th- and 16th-century buildings, this museum harbours one of Europe’s premier collections of Romanesque,...
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Slap-bang on Strasbourg's main square, medieval icon Maison Kammerzell serves well-executed Alsatian cuisine like baeckeoffe and...
Victor Hugo declared it a ‘gigantic and delicate marvel’; Goethe professed that its ‘loftiness is linked to its beauty’; and, no matter the angle or time of day, you too will be captivated by Strasbourg’s centrepiece Gothic cathedral. At once immense and intricate, the red-sandstone cathedral is a riot of filigree stonework and flying buttresses, leering gargoyles and lacy spires.
The west facade, most impressive if approached from rue Mercière, was completed in 1284, but the 142m spire – the tallest of its time – was not in place until 1439; its southern companion was never built.
On a sunny day, the 12th- to 14th-century stained-glass windows – especially the rose window over the western portal – shine like jewels. To appreciate the cathedral in peace, visit in the early evening when the crowds have thinned and stay to see its facade glow gold at dusk.
The 30m-high Gothic-meets-Renaissance astronomical clock strikes solar noon at 12.30pm with a parade of carved wooden figures portraying the different stages of life and Jesus with his apostles.
A spiral staircase twists up to the 66m-high platform above the facade, from which the tower and its Gothic openwork spire soar another 76m. As Hugo put it: ‘From the belfry, the view is wonderful. Strasbourg lays at your feet, the old city of tiled triangular roof tops and gable windows, interrupted by towers and churches as picturesque as those of any city in Flanders.’