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The hub of the Alsace region, Strasbourg is also famed as the home of the European Parliament. The city's mixture of German and French influences has left its mark—German half-timbered houses and geranium-filled flower boxes clash with a very French café scene. "Cellar"-brate both cultures in one of the city's famous winstubs.
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- The neighborhood of Petite France is one of Strasbourg's most magical spots. With gingerbread half-timber houses and inviting restaurants, enjoy strolling its tiny streets and waterfront promenade.
- Explore the city by food or, better, by boat—take a boat cruise down the Ill River. You'll pass the European Parliament, the Palais Rohan, and many other sights.
- The dark, pink sandstone Notre Dame Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece, finished in 1275. Be there when its 16th-century Astronomical Clock whirs into action.
- The Festival Musica is held in September and October.
- Head for great side trips to the villages along the Route du Vin.