As the first city center, which is fully named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Strasbourg is among the most beautiful and historic destinations in the world, and by its impressive architecture and numerous museums it is not difficult to see why. Near the German border its traditions and culture represent an eclectic blend of French and European heritage, making it an extremely popular destination during European trips and cruises when visitors experience the true meaning of Europe’s medieval heritage.
Partly thanks to this heritage Strasbourg has such a large number of wonderful museums. To gain in-depth knowledge of the intriguing history of Strasbourg, visitors to the city are invited to visit the Historical Museum, which was founded in 1920 to present the political, economic, social and urban environmental history of the city.
Another important institution to visit is the Museum of the Notre Dame era, which is the city’s museum of fine arts in the Haut-Rhin. Some of his artifacts dating back to the early Middle Ages are famous for the large number of original sculptures, glass windows and architectural segments that he depicts. It is also home to the original plans of one of the city’s most famous buildings – Strasbourg Cathedral.
Strasbourg Cathedral is known to be the tallest medieval building in Europe and was the tallest in the world between 1647 and 1874, and is still considered one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture. In terms of high interest for both locals and those visiting the capital of the Alsace region, many of the best tours in the region represent this wonderful structure. Strasbourg Cathedral is so tall that it is visible from all over the Rhine in the Black Forest, which creates an atmospheric reception for those who come to the city via the water on European river cruises.
Architecture and parks
While the Strasbourg Cathedral is one of the city’s most famous works of architecture, there are a number of other famous examples in Strasbourg. Along with a number of other medieval churches in the city, the Opera House on the site of Brogil is a fine example of French neoclassicism.
In addition to its architectural architecture, Strasbourg also has a number of famous parks, including the Parc de Orangery, which was converted as an English garden for Josephine de Bojarn, and the Parc de la Citadel, which sits near the remains of a 17th-century fortress.