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.
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.
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.
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.