Tour of Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a city with a rich heritage that can easily be visited in one or two days, and boasts a very pleasant, almost exclusively pedestrianized city center.

For this three-day weekend, I tried to concentrate my visits on two days, for two reasons. The first was uncertainties about the weather, which prompted me to do as much as possible at the beginning, just in case…. and save the indoor activities (museums…) for the end, in case the weather deteriorated. And if all goes well, it’ll give me a day to take a trip to Colmar.

You’ll find all the articles about this weekend in Strasbourg at the bottom of the page.

Strasbourg’s Notre Dame Cathedral

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It is, of course, the city’s best-known monument. This Gothic cathedral with Romanesque remains was built between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Initially, the space between the two towers was to remain empty, but it was decided to fill it in mid-construction.

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One of the two towers, topped by a spire, was the tallest in Christendom at the time of its construction, at 142 meters.

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The Petite France district

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This picturesque district of Strasbourg’s city center has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1988. It is characterized by its half-timbered houses lining the Ill River.

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It owes its name to the former Hôpital des Incurables (hospital of the incurable people), where King Charles VII’s mercenaries returning from the siege of Naples were treated for syphilis, dubbed the “French disease”.

The hospital was renamed “Petite France” in 1795, and later gave its name to the entire neighborhood.

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The Vauban dam

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It is a listed sluice bridge. When it was built in the 17th century, its purpose was to flood the land to the south of the city, making it impassable to the enemy in the event of aggression.

Rohan Palace

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This building next to the cathedral houses the Fine Arts Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum. This is the former residence of the city’s prince-bishops.

During my visit, a temporary exhibition was also dedicated to works stolen in France and recovered in Germany at the end of the Second World War.

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Museum of Decorative Arts

It traces the diversity and evolution of Strasbourg’s applied arts from 1681 to 1870. Decorative art from earlier periods is housed in the Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame, which I didn’t visit.

It includes the Rohan cardinals’ apartments and collections.

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Strasbourg Museum of Fine Arts

Its collection comprises paintings from the 14th to the 19th century, mainly by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, French and Spanish artists.

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Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

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This Gothic church, built on the remains of a Romanesque church, dates back to the 14th century. It became Lutheran in 1524.

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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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It’s the only major museum in France to cover the period from 1870 to the present day, taking us from Impressionism to more contemporary works.

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The old Strasbourg

In addition to Petite France, the old town center is full of typical facades and pedestrian streets, where you can stroll or take a break on one of the many terraces.

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The articles about this weekend in Strasbourg

#TypePost
1DiaryPlanning a weekend in Strasbourg
2TrainParis-Strasbourg – Deutsche Bahn ICE – First Class
3HotelMaison Rouge, Strasbourg
4RestaurantAu Crocodile, Strasbourg
5RestaurantChez Yvonne, Strasbourg
6Restaurant Miro, Ostwald (Strasbourg)
7DiaryTour of Strasbourg
8DiaryTour of Colmar
9TrainStrasbourg-Paris – Deutsche Bahn ICE – First Class ( without interest, no review)
10DiaryDebrief of the weekend in Strasbourg
Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrinhttp://www.duperrin.com
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.
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