Today we're going to focus on Strasbourg on the French/German border.
Strasbourg - the QTStrasbourg Xmas Markets run from Nov 29 to Dec 24. This is one of the largest Christmas markets in France, and the setting in front of Strasbourg Cathedral is breathtaking. In its 431st year, this market in Alsace is the oldest Christmas market in France. Be sure to visit La Petite France, a cozy neighborhood of timbered fairy-tale buildings with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery. While you are this close to Germany, cross over the river and visit the Christmas markets there, too.
Who flies to Strasbourg?
Well I'm glad you asked. Let's choose a budget, tourist and luxury class hotel.
- 2* ATELYS HOTEL located at the station
- 3* MONOPOLE METROPOLE - city centre
- 4* SOFITEL STRASBOURG GRANDE ILE - city centre
What else can I see and do in Strasbourg?
Strasbourg Cathedral is the highlight of the city. Completed in 1439 it is thought to be, along with York Minster, one of the finest example of Gothic architecture in the world. Between 1625 and 1847 it was the world's tallest building stading at 142 meters tall. As well as being a breathtaking masterpeice of architecture the cathedral also houses a wonderful 18 meter astronomical clock.
The City of Strasbourg is a chocolate box scene of black and white timber frame buildings probably one of the best examples of a Rhineland cityscape. The photo shows Place du Marchè aux Cochons de Lait but many of the central streets follow the same style. The main square, Place Kleber, is the best viewpoint to sample the true flavour of Strasbourg.
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg is among the largest modern art museums in France and is one of many brilliant museums in the city. The museum is renowned for its large collection of works by Gustave Doré, Jean Arp and Victor Brauner and for owning the most important French ensemble of contemporary German artists (Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Georg Baselitz). Also worth checking out are the excellent Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame and the Musée zoologique de l'ULP et de la ville de Strasbourg which houses a collection of over 18,000 birds.
Where can I eat in Strasbourg?
There are a vast amount of places to eat in Strasbourg for all kinds of different budgets. Some of the best food can be found on the street from the vendors in the central square serving up traditional crêpes both sweet and savoury.
Here are some recommendations (£ - Inexpensive - under £10 for a main course - ££ - Reasonable £10-£15 for a main course - £££ - Pricey £15-£24 for a main course- ££££ - Expensive £25-£35 for a main course - £££££ - Daylight Robbery - £35+ for a main course)
- CHEZ YVONNE - a wine restaurant in the city centre - ££
- L'ARSENAL - inventive menu in the city centre - ££
- AU CROCODILE- city centre gourmet & luxury- ££££
- LE BUEREHIESEL - french modern cuisine in l'Orangerie - ££££
- BRASSERIE DE L'ANCIENNE DOUANE - 600 seat mega cheapy strasbourg fav - £
On Monday we will review the town of Cologne and take a look at its Christmas markets. Ciao for now HotelClickers!