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Though centered in the heart of Alsace east of Paris, and drawing appealingly on Alsatian Gemütlichkeit (coziness), the city of Strasbourg is a cosmopolitan French cultural center and the symbolic if unofficial capital of Europe. Against an irresistible backdrop of half-timber houses, waterways, and the colossal single spire of its red-stone cathedral, Strasbourg is an incongruously sophisticated mix of museums, explorable neighborhoods, elite schools, and the European Parliament.
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- Take a leisurely stroll through Petite France, a charming neighborhood along the canals of the Ill, that's historically Alsatian in style.
- The exterior of Robert de Cotte's Palais Rohan may be austere, but there's plenty of glamour inside. Highlights include the Salon d'Assemblée, the book- and tapestry-lined Bibliotèque des Cardinaux, and the Decorative Arts Museum.
- A wealth of Flemish and Upper Rhine paintings, stained glass, gold objects, and furniture are on view at the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame
- Just outside the city, two architectural landmarks stand out: the Place de la République and the Palais de l'Europe.