France? Germany? Visit THIS City and Have the Best of Both Worlds


If you can’t decide if you want more France or a taste of Germany, then make your way to the Alsace Region near the German border and indulge in the sweetness that is Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace Region of France and home to the European Parliament.   A day trip or weekend visit is ideal if you are in already in the area. Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg are close neighbors. On a pleasant August day, I took the high speed train from Paris and hopped off in Strasbourg just under two hours later.

The Strasbourg train station is one of the largest in France

The Strasbourg train station is one of the largest in France and has great architectural beauty.

You can cover a great deal of Strasbourg by foot and/or bike. There are wonderful museums for contemporary art, those catering to medieval works and one dedicated to illustrations. If you want to indulge your senses elsewhere, then you will not be disappointed in the beer, wine and food choices that reflect the regions duality.

Two highlights from my visit that should be on your ‘must see’ list are the picturesque La Petite France area and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

La Petite France - the epitome of picturesque

La Petite France looks very much like a fairy tale

A lovely carousel in the town square.

A lovely carousel in the town square.

Do you want to take a leisurely stroll around the canal?

Don’t  you want to take a leisurely stroll around the canal?

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame Strasbourg is a massive Gothic structure whose tallest spire can be seen from great distances. The details on the exterior are magnificent. The interior is equally impressive with the beautiful stained glass and astronomical clock. It should not be missed.

Strasbourg Cathedral

Details - Cathedral interior

This 1842 Renaissance version is the 3rd of the clocks to reside in the cathedral.

This 1842 Renaissance version  is the 3rd of the clocks to reside in the cathedral.

After covering every inch of Strasbourg you must relax by a cafe near the canal and treat yourself to a lovely glass of the regional wine and drink in all of the charm of Strasbourg has to offer. You will be all the better for it.

Bois Vert break

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3 comments

  1. My boyfriend and I went on a 3 month trip and visited 6 different countries, Strasbourg was one of my favorite. It felt as if I was in a fairytale, the people were friendly and seem to enjoy tourist, which wasn’t always the norm while traveling through Europe. Your pictures brought back beautiful memories of walking through town, holding hands and eating dinner overlooking the beautiful waterways. The houses look like something out of a movie and the Cathedral intense, I’ve never seen anything like it, we spent an hour taking it all in, reading about its history and lighting candles for our friends and family. Can’t wait to return

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  2. This is great Danielle! Thanks for sharing this on the #passionpassport chat!

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