Strasbourg

Here is my last post about Strasbourg. I visited the city in May 2014 but had so much stuff to do that the post is published in November only. The previous post on my trip to Strasbourg is about Petite France.

In this post we continue discovering the old city and a bit of European Quartier. Plus, of course, tips and hints at the end of the post. Enjoy!

Cathedral. Main entrance

The city’s name has German roots and means “Town (at the crossing) of roads”. Strasbourg is well known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhinel and black and white timber-framed buildings, particularly in the Little France district or alongside the Ill river as well as in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral.

Stone laces

The facade

The cathedral is so huge that it is impossible to make one single picture of it

The Gothic rose

In the frame of nearby houses

A backstage of the cathedral

As any other square near the cathedral this one is also full of tourists, shops and restaurants

Souvenirs of Alsace

Unlike in other countries and regions, people in Alsace belives that witch brings happiness to the house and protect the house from evil. This tradition came back to XVII century and the story of one yong lady who lived in Riquewihr village, Marie Wolf, lately named benefactress. She had lived happyly in the village with her fiance until the war started and separated them. Her fiance was a solder at that was and was killed soon after.  Marie could not bear the grief and stayed alone in her house. The only black cat was her companion through the days full of sadness. The inhabitants of the village called her witch for her loneless and closeness.

One day she was walking along the rampart sad and speachless, as usual. The enemies, trying to get closer to the village, were frightened by her loud sobs and run away in panic.

After that the inhabitants of the village called her a protector and benefactress of the village. The story was spread very fast in the region. Since than every resident of the area hangs a witch dall on his window to protect the house from the evil.

Few streets away from the cathedral and streets are empty and quiet

Place Broglie in front of the opera house

Walking along the river

Lovely villas with a picturesque view

Boats-restaurants

a modern train stop

Meeting point at place Kléber

The largest square of Strasbourg located at the centre of the city is the Place Kléber. It was named after general Jean-Baptiste Kléber, born in Strasbourg in 1753 and assassinated in 1800 in Cairo. A statue of Kléber is in the centre of the square.

What a lovely decoration of the building

Parents are parents everywhere. Gathered together around a carousel instead of visiting landmarks

Time for the nap

Typical Alsace windows

View from the hotel windows

Terrace of the hotel

 However the style is the same the facades are so different

 Terraces are always open to tired and full of sightseeing guests

 Who is on duty today?

 I bet these walls saw all the battles between Huguenots and Catholics

Colorful windows

All flags are welcomed

Monochrome city

Curiosity

La Corde A Linge restaurant. Strongly recommended

Here are some tips for you.

Hotel: we stayed in a hotel Cerf d’or . It is close to the old city, the rooms are big and cosy

Strongly recommended restaurants:
Restaurant at the hotel Au cerf d’or 

La corde a linge in the Little France at the address: 2, place Benjamin ZIX, 67000 Strasbourg

La table du Gayot: 10, place du Marche du Gayot, Tel.: +33 3 88 36 30 27

Boat trips are the must: 
http://www.batorama.com/
The main tour named “Strasbourg, over 20 centuries of history” lasts for 1 hour and 10 mins.
Full price – €12.50, Reduced price (children between 4 and 12) – €7.20; Children under 4’s – free

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