At first glance, you might wonder if you’re in Germany or France. Due to its close proximity to the German border, Strasbourg seamlessly blends French and German influences, from art and architecture to cuisine and culture. Whichever culture you prefer, the capital of France’s Grand Est region, which includes Alsace, is exceptional and authentically Alsatian, a culture unto itself.
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The Best Western Plus Monopole Metropole is perfectly located near Petite France, a historic area overflowing with canals, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. The hotel bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary Alsace.
History comes alive on the streets of Strasbourg, home to one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. Here you will find cobblestone streets and timber-framed houses that date back centuries. Strasbourg is also a place where the past and present collide, as reflected by the modern glass building that houses the European Parliament, located not far from the Strasbourg Cathedral that was completed in 1439.
Strasbourg Cathedral – This UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city was once the tallest building in the world. The cathedral, aka Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture, and took nearly 3 centuries to complete.
La Petite France – Petite France is a romantic tourist hub brimming with cobblestone streets, canals and remarkably preserved half-timbered houses. La Petite France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to authentic Alsatian restaurants and cafes.
Barrage Vauban – This historic fortified bridge spans the River Ill. The 17th-century structure has a viewing terrace on its roof where visitors can see across picturesque Petite France.
The best time to visit Strasbourg is in shoulder season, or April to early June. The temperatures will be pleasant and the crowds much thinner than in summer. September is also a good time to visit due to the grape harvest and all of the events surrounding it.