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STRASBOURG: The Crossroads of Europe

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Located in France’s eastern side of Alsace region and side by side with the German territory, Strasbourg is called the crossroads of Europe for exactly that reason. As one of the nine largest cities in French, there are many popular sites for sightseeing and tremendously perfect for a city tour.

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THE GRANDE LLE & LES PONTS COUVERTS

The title “An Old Quarter that exemplifies Medieval Cities” has been given to Grand Ile, which literally means ‘grand island’. The area is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and has become the historic centre of Strasbourg, France.

Les Ponts Couverts or ‘the covered bridges’ guard the end of south part of the Grande Ile and sit right the end of Petite France. The Ponts Couverts were built from 1230 to 1250 to protect the city and in the beginning, were made of wood and with roofing, but later replaced by stone.

BARRAGE VAUBAN

Barrage Vauban or literally means Vauban Dam was designed by the legendary military engineer Sebastien Vauban. It used to be the southwestern entrance to the Grande Ile and in any time can flood the southern area of the town in case of attack.

CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE STRASBOURG

Strasbourg Cathedrale Notre-Dame is famous for its Gothic aesthetics and has become the center of Strasbourg’s “must see” attraction spot. Due to the height of its tower at 142 meter high, the Strasbourg Cathedrale was considered the tallest building in the world for 227 years since 1647. Today it is still the sixth tallest church in the world that was built in the Middle Age.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Strasbourg is also home of the European Parliament. Every month all the members gather for four days to decide and debate any proposal regarding the EU’s Law-making process.

EATERIES

Strasbourg does not only offer the beautiful Romanesque architecture, but is also an authentic cultural centre for food. Spread alongside the canals, a variety of mouth-watering restaurants can be found where you can indulge and treat yourself to the finest dining experience.

  • Escargots a La Bourguignonne: snails baked in simple yet decadent garlic-herb butter, a perfect starter for any formal dinner party.
  • Steak Tartare: This French cuisine might make your jaw drop, because it is not exactly the most common dish for most people, made from finely chopped raw beef meat, served with onion, vinegar, capers, seasoned with ground pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Entercote: The traditional Entercote is made with premium cut of rib eye steak, prepared without the bone. Bon Appetit!

photo by : Ari Dwi Gommeringer