Besides Paris and Marseilles, one city that will lead you to feel a different French atmosphere is Strasbourg. Located in the Alsace region which is directly adjacent to Germany, Strasbourg also has its uniqueness. Here are seven of them.
- Horloge Astronomique de Strasbourg
This astronomical clock may remind you of the movie Hugo (2011). Since the 14th century, this clock is equipped with an automaton in the form of birds and detailed decorations in the form of paintings, sculptures, and carvings. Had been remodeled because it was damaged several times, the astronomical clock on display now is a clock from the 1800s. Parts of the original clock including the first automaton are preserved in several museums in France.
- Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
One of the surviving medieval buildings, it is the largest cathedral church in Strasbourg. Apart from outside, you can enter and climb up to certain floors to enjoy the view of Strasbourg from a height. Even from here, you can see the Black Forest in the city of Freiburg, Germany.
- La Petite France
La Petite France is the most photogenic place in Strasbourg. With its ancient houses and the river that divides this area. Previously, this location was indeed a settlement for fishermen and animal slaughterers who peddled their raw products. Now, this location has become a tourist destination that offers a variety of Alsace cuisine.
- Barrage Vauban
Barrage Vauban is a bridge as well as a fortification that was built in the 1600s and was used during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. This bridge was built to cut off the opponent’s logistics line when needed, namely using the river’s water level at certain times to flood the bridge. Now the bridge is also known as Ponts Couverts and no longer has a roof.
- Musée Historique de Strasbourg
This Strasbourg history museum was once a slaughterhouse. When converted into a history museum, this place contains many maps, weapons, sketchbooks, and sculptures that can provide a geographical, political, and economic overview of the city. One of the most popular collections is a highly detailed miniature of the city including some of its suburbs.
- Parc de l’Orangerie
Not far from the modern building of the European Parliament and the Human Rights Court, this park is one of the natural and historical attractions that you can visit. There are many more spectacular parks than this park, but if you want to enjoy a relaxing and quiet time with a picnic by the lake, try a rowboat, and enjoy the beauty of flowers, Parc de l’Orangerie is the place to be. Moreover, here several animals are protected and kept, such as flamingos and storks.
- Musée Alsacien
This 17th-century house is located just off the River Ill and is the perfect place for travelers and tourists alike to learn about local Alsacean traditions. You can find a lot of new things, not only ancient artworks this museum houses a wine-making machine from the 1700s.
Let’s slide to Strasbourg!