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 Versailles fame, is a family magnet with its playgrounds and swan-dotted lake. In summer you can rent rowboats on Lac de l’Orangerie. Kids can get up close to storks and goats at the park’s mini zoo (free).

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Nearby Strasbourg attractions

1. Palais de l’Europe

0.26 MILES

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…

2. Palais des Droits de l’Homme

0.34 MILES

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.

3. Parlement Européen

0.49 MILES

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4. Musée Tomi Ungerer

1.04 MILES

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…

5. Place de la République

1.05 MILES

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6. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

1.32 MILES

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…

7. Palais Rohan

1.32 MILES

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

8. Le Vaisseau

1.35 MILES

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