Must-see attractions in Strasbourg

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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame


    Nothing prepares you for your first glimpse of Strasbourg's Cathédrale Notre-Dame, completed in all its Gothic grandeur in 1439. The lace-fine facade…

  • Palais Rohan


    Hailed as a ‘Versailles in miniature’, this opulent 18th-century residence is loaded with treasures. The basement Musée Archéologique takes you from the…

  • Grande Île


    History seeps through the twisting lanes and cafe-rimmed plazas of Grande Île, Strasbourg's Unesco World Heritage–listed island bordered by the River Ill…

  • France, Alsace, Strasbourg, Petite-France, View of restaurants, taverns and framed houses

    Petite France


    Criss-crossed by narrow lanes, canals and locks, Petite France is where artisans plied their trades in the Middle Ages. The half-timbered houses,…

  • Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg, France.

    Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame


    Occupying a cluster of sublime 14th- and 16th-century buildings, this museum harbours one of Europe’s premier collections of Romanesque, Gothic and…

  • The Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MAMCS.

    Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain


    This striking glass-and-steel cube showcases an outstanding fine-art, graphic-art and photography collection. Besides modern and contemporary works of the…

  • Grande Mosquee de Strasbourg.

    Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg


    Designed by Italian architect Paolo Portoghesi and opened in September 2012, France's biggest mosque (accommodating 1500 worshippers) sits on a bend in…

  • Barrage Vauban.

    Barrage Vauban


    A triumph of 17th-century engineering, the Barrage Vauban bears the architectural imprint of the leading French military engineer of the age – Sébastien…

  • Place de la République


    Many of Strasbourg’s grandest public buildings, constructed when the city was ruled by the German Reich, huddle northeast of the Grande Île area in the so…

  • Jardin des Deux Rives


    An expression of flourishing Franco-German friendship, Strasbourg and its German neighbour Kehl have turned former customs posts and military…

  • Musée Historique


    Trace Strasbourg’s history from its beginnings as a Roman military camp called Argentoratum at this engaging museum, housed in a 16th-century…

  • Parc de l’Orangerie


    Across from the Council of Europe's Palais de l’Europe, 2km northeast of Grande Île, this flowery park, designed in the 17th century by Le Nôtre, of…

  • Cave des Hospices de Strasbourg


    Founded in 1395, this brick-vaulted wine cellar nestles deep in the bowels of Strasbourg’s hospital. A hospice back in the days when wine was considered a…

  • Château Musée Vodou


    Housed in a striking 19th-century water tower, this one-of-a-kind museum apparently showcases the world's largest private collection of West African…

  • Musée Tomi Ungerer


    A tribute to one of Strasbourg’s most famous sons – award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Tomi Ungerer – this museum, just northeast of Grande Île, is…

  • Musée Alsacien


    Spread across three typical houses from the 1500s and 1600s, with creaky floors and beautifully restored wood-panelled interiors, this museum dips into…

  • Le Vaisseau


    Science is never boring at this interactive science and technology museum, 2.5km southeast of central Strasbourg. There are plenty of hands-on activities…

  • River Ill


    The leafy paths that shadow the River Ill and its canalised branch, the Fossé du Faux-Rempart, are great for an impromptu picnic or a romantic stroll.

  • Ponts Couverts


    The much-photographed Ponts Couverts (Covered Bridges) have a trio of 13th-century towers.

  • Maison Kammerzell


    The gingerbready 15th-century Maison Kammerzell has ornate carvings and leaded windows.

  • Parlement Européen


    Should the inner workings of the EU intrigue you, you can sit in on debates ranging from lively to yawn-a-minute at the Parlement Européen; dates are…

  • Palais de l’Europe


    A futuristic glass crescent, the Council of Europe’s Palais de l’Europe across the River Ill can be visited on free one-hour weekday tours; phone ahead…

  • Palais des Droits de l’Homme


    It’s just a hop across the Canal de la Marne to the swirly silver Palais des Droits de l’Homme, the most eye-catching of all the EU institutions.

  • Place Gutenberg


    This square is dominated by the Renaissance-style Chambre de Commerce (Chamber of Commerce).

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