As a city on the border between France and Germany, and its ownership heavily contested through the centuries, Strasbourg is a fascinating and beautiful mixture of German and French influences. The city has a beautiful, Gothic cathedral, construction of which began in 1176. For over two centuries it was the tallest building in the world. With two rivers framing the old part of the city, Strasbourg is a picturesque, European jewel.

Here’s a 4-minute personal video of Strasbourg. This is a wonderful NY Times 6-minute video showcasing an overview of Strasbourg’s architecture and culture. Here’s an 11-minute personal video featuring a boat tour and an inside look at the famous Strasbourg Cathedral, including a view of the city from the top.

FunFacts about Strasbourg, France: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin département. In 2014, the city proper had 276,170 inhabitants. Strasbourg is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels and Luxembourg), as it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and its European Audiovisual Observatory) and the Eurocorps, as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. (Source)
  • Strasbourg is in the Alsace region of France.
  • The Grande Ile is Strasbourg’s historic center and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Strasbourg is considered a ‘cultural bridge’ between France and Germany. Over the centuries, the region has been heavily contested.
  • The University of Strasbourg is the second largest in France.
  • Strasbourg is on the Rhine River and has the second largest riverport on the Rhine.
  • The Ile River flows parallel to the Rhine River a distance of 2 ½ miles. This part of Strasbourg is called the Grande Ile, or large island.
  • The Rhine River is the eastern border between Germany and France at Strasbourg.
  • Strasbourg is 250 miles east of Paris.
  • Strasbourg’s climate is relatively mild and is considered ‘oceanic’ though the town is far from the coast.
  • The magnificent Strasbourg cathedral was once the tallest building in the world from 1647 to 1874. Today it is the 7th tallest church in the world.

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30 thoughts on “Strasbourg

  1. Strasbourg looks so beautiful! Pretty much every picture looks like a postcard. I’d love to go there and take my time wandering around enjoying the sights.

  2. The architecture of Europe is so rich. Since our country is so “new”, hopefully ours will catch up! Beautiful pictures.

  3. What a charming and beautiful place. The houses remind me of something out of a fairy tale.All the photos are stunning especially the last one and the river with snowfall. Thank you Caris for adding video links in your blogs. They’re always so interesting. The one with Cafe Bretelles and Salon de The Grand Rue made my mouth water. The desserts looked amazing!!!!!!!.I wish I had the money to travel to these wonderful places you take us to. But I will travel with you through your blogs and videos. I apologize in advance of auto correct changes any words.

  4. What a beautiful city. Most of the pictures shown lead you to believe it is a small town until you get to the panoramic view of the whole city and then wow, look how big it is. I love the picture of the river with the weeping willow trees the best.

  5. I would love to tour that cathedral.
    It’s magnificent to say the least.

    Hubby said visiting the area is on his bucket list.

    Not surprising seeing he’s nearly pure French.

    As soon as we can fill a bucket with money, we will gladly travel there.

    • Sandra,
      I remember once that there was this big criticism of Americans because so few had passports and traveled. All I could think was, are you kidding? Travel is very expensive. Most people can’t afford to travel. Some of the overseas travel I’ve enjoyed has been because of the kindness of family and friends.

      Anyway, those are my thoughts. I would love to go back to Europe, but like you, as soon as I can get a bucket of money–or if Lotto comes through–Strasbourg would definitely be on my list.

      For now, photos and videos are a wonderful alternative. Besides, my knees certainly wouldn’t take me very far, lol!

      Thanks for sharing,
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  6. There are at least two towns on the East Coast named for Strasbourg, although the name was Americanized to Strasburg. One is in the heart of Pennsylvania-German Country in Lancaster County, PA, the other I know of is in Northern Virginia.

    The former is known for its steam railroad. It is the oldest, continuously operating steam railroad in the country. While it does tourism rides, it also does freight runs to maintain its status of continuously operating as a true rail line. It was also featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine movie released in 2000.

    denise from maryland

  7. Oh my, I love all the pictures and going back to watch the videos. What a beautiful city, love the old buildings and the homes that look like Swiss Chalets. I’d love to visit there. The cathedral is something else!! AZ

  8. What a beautiful and history rich place! It looks like it hasn’t changed since the origin of the place. I would love to visit and possibly live there. I love the fourth picture with the Weeping Willow trees on the edge of the water. Those are my favorite trees. ( If those are Weeping Willows that is lol)

  9. Okay, okay! I give! I’m moving! The pictures alone are screaming for me to come!!! So busy in some areas and so peaceful in others! In love! Maine (moving to Strasbourg) girl!

  10. I remember biking over the French border to Germany for lunch when I was in college. No hassle, just wave my US passport over my head as my friend and I biked over.

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