Being the main headquarters of certain legal and political European institutions – such as the European Parliament, or the Council of Europe – Strasbourg is beyond doubt a legal and political hub of Europe. The continental role of Strasbourg was, however, substantiated by the fact the city has always been coveted after (along with the entire Alsace region) by two of the historical European powers, namely, France and Germany. Thus, the historic heritage of Strasbourg is invaluable, which is why the old city center was declared by UNESCO a world heritage site.
In addition, Strasbourg has always been a culturally sparkling city, being visited by and hosting, even if only temporarily, the activities of Gutenberg (the inventor of the printing machine), John Calvin, Goethe, Louis Pasteur or Paul Ricoeur.
Archeological findings prove that the place has been inhabited since the neolithic age. Celts were the ones to found a permanent establishment here, in the 14th century BC, subsequently called Argentorate. Romans had enforced their constant rule over the city for about 5 centuries, but subsequently to a 3-century domination of the place from the part of Franks, Huns and Alemani, it was again annexed to the Holy Roman Empire in 923. 1681 was the year when the city, along with the entire province it is located in, became a part of France, but about two centuries after, it became the proud possession of the German Empire. The beginning of the 20th century saw Strasbourg as being returned to France by the Treaty of Versailles.
Both business and leisure travelers' accommodation needs are proficiently covered by the hotels in Strasbourg. Highly rated sleeping venues combine the accommodation services proper with a series of related services, such as own restaurants, for instance. Mid and low rated hotels, as well as the several hostels located in the city may prove to come in hand for budget travelers. Thus, it seems that the range of accommodation solutions is rather various and, by consequence, able to absorb the financially heterogeneous tourists flow.
The general French-German dash of the city (and of the region, for that matter) is also reflected by the local cuisine, which comes down, finally, to a combination of German gastronomic heartiness and French culinary refinement. Baeckeoffe and fleischnackas are meat-based dishes seasoned with various vegetables and salad, respectively. Coq au Reisling served with spaetzle (a German noodle) is highly recommendable. But the city, as well as the entire region, also has a generous offer of beers and wines; thus, tourists should rest assured: in terms of washing down the rich meals they have just had, Strasbourg is fully endowed.
The overall architectural display of Strasbourg, which comprises some of the most spectacular styles in Europe, is worth noting as an invaluable tourist asset. For instance, the Notre Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg is a peak of the Gothic style, having at the same time the highest cathedral tower in the entire France. Other landmarks refer to the Strasbourg Cathedral, the Kammerzell House, the Rohan Palace and to the Republic Place. Strasbourg hosts as great number of museums, of which the Pasteur Museum, the Zoological Museum, the Museum of Archeology, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Fine Arts Museum are some of the most notable. Orangerie and Stockfeld round up the picture of objectives, without completing it.
The Marlenheim-Friend Fritz's Wedding Festival is extremely popular among locals, since it consists of a series of activities implying a rich display of food, dancing and singing. The eventful calendar of Strasbourg is dominated, by far, by a series of musical events, of which the Bach Festival, the International Music Festival, the Festival of Today's Music are worth attending to, but also by two significant film festivals, namely, the Spectre Film Festival and the Strasbourg International Film Festival.
In a certain sense, Strasbourg is highly similar to Metz, chiefly in terms of their common historic trajectory as apple of discord between France and Germany. Metz, however, has its own personality and can not be taken for another city, striking by its overall non-French dash.
To get a better insight into what it means to become a huge tourist destination despite the small geographic dimensions, tourists should definitely plan a stay or a visit, at least, in Luxembourg. A place where two cultural worlds drop off – or, as some prefer, join together – Luxembourg is a complete expression of what the clash or the blending of all that is French and of all that is German means.
The specificity of sightseeing in Utrecht is yielded by the famed channels and wharfs of the city. Overtopped by the Dome Tower, this network of land and water infrastructure generates the unmistakable dash of Utrecht.
There are plenty of must-see objectives in Trier, the most valuable of them referring to the Roman and medieval heritage. However, sightseeing can be complemented by the shopping opportunities or Trier makes available, not to mention the mild nature stretching along or around the two rivers which cross the city: Moselle and Saar.The Hague is not the capital of the Netherlands, but it is, undeniably, the Legal Capital of the World. At the same time, it features a large range of museums and galleries, but The Hague is also, in terms and events and festival, a major hub of what jazz performances and competitions mean on Earth, which is worth noting.
Rightfully dubbed the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is, indeed, a place which substantiates that in a certain sense men did learn how to walk on water. The countless channels and bridges yield the unparalleled print of Amsterdam, which is always great in terms of sightseeing.
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Eguisheim is a small ancient town having preserved its 15th and 16th century buildings.
The Tomi Ungerer Center gathers a unique collection of forty years old toys.
The Alsatian Museum displays a collection of traditional furniture, toys, ceramics and religious artifacts.
The Sainte-Madeleine Church, Strasbourg is a famous Catholic church built in the 13th century, classified as a historic monument.