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

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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, sprouting veritable thickets of scarlet geraniums in summer, and the riverside parks attract the masses, but the area still manages to retain its Alsatian charm, especially in the early morning and late evening. Drink in views of the River Ill and the Barrage Vauban from the much-photographed Ponts Couverts and their trio of 13th-century towers.

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1. Ponts Couverts

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

2. Barrage Vauban

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

3. Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain

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

4. 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…

5. River Ill

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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.

6. Place Gutenberg

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

7. Maison Kammerzell

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

8. Cave des Hospices de Strasbourg

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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…