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Rdtripper Apr 25th, 2003 02:39 PM

strasbourg attractions
 
Spending two nights in Strasbourg in July; one full day to tour around. What should we see, what should we avoid? I've read comments that the city is not so attractive, Kelm is worth a side trip (we won't have a rental car). What do you recommend we see?

tada Apr 25th, 2003 02:47 PM

It's not the greatest place, but there are some sights. There are some 14th and 15th century churches and a small shopping district with restaurants. The city has a bus system and light rail, so you should be able to get around OK.

Grasshopper Apr 25th, 2003 02:57 PM

Are you kidding? Strasbourg is a great little city. A little German and little French, it's "confusion" comes from it's going back and forth from one nationality to the next. The old town around the Cathedral is interesting in and of itself. You can take a boat ride around the canals. I had the best chocolate I ever had there.

The tram system is first rate. If you can get out of the old area and take a look at some of the European Community buildings, they are definitely interesting. And don't forget the huge park. Look for storks on the chimneys. Then look for the chimneys built in the park just for the comfort of the storks!

sgbslo Apr 25th, 2003 04:38 PM

I also thought Strasbourg was a very nice city. In addition to the area around the cathedral, the area called "petite france" is very charming.
The food is fabulous there too! One of my favorites was Chez Yvonne.

Budman Apr 25th, 2003 06:22 PM

We visited Alsace last June and did a day trip to Strasbourg. We thought it was nice for a day trip, but couldn't wait to get back to Alsace and the wine route.

grandmere Apr 25th, 2003 06:56 PM

I, too, find Strasbourg to be a wonderful town; you will certainly find enough to do for the time you will be there.

suesnothome Apr 25th, 2003 09:44 PM

I agree with Grasshopper and Grandmere. Strasbourg was a wonderful stay. I enjoyed just walking around thru the old town and along the canal. Also take the canal boat ride. It takes you past the European Union very modern buildings that are such a contrast from the rest of the area.

Strasbourg was one of my best memories of my tour of the Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne region.

Have a great time!

Christina Apr 26th, 2003 03:04 PM

I think Strasbourg is probably on the upper end of attractiveness for average cities. Perhaps not in the suburbs or around the outer industry or business hotels, but it's a lot better than many cities of that size. The canal with willow trees and bridges is quite pleasant for a stroll. Also, it has several very nice attractions.

Aside from the cathedral, what I liked the most was Palais Rohan and the Musee Alsacien. I think these are probably the 3 most well-known attractions and they are really above average. That museum is one of the better local folklore/cultural museums -- it has arts, crafts, tools, furniture, etc and is about the history and culture of the region. The Palais Rohan is a very good architectural example of the 18th century and was the residence of the prince-bishop. It has a good decorative arts museum in it, as well as a nice small fine arts collection of paintings.

kmrsg Jun 11th, 2003 08:11 PM

Strasbourg is relatively small, but it is such a pleasant city! L'Orangerie is a terrific park where you can see the storks and take in some beautiful scenery. The food is terrific, too, especially if you like the local specialites of sauerkraut and sausages, which are plentiful at local restaurants. We enjoyed a nice restaurant in the Place Gutenberg, but I can't remember the exact name of the joint. They also have great kebab stands. Enjoy your trip!


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