Strasbourg, Between Gastronomic Know-How and Sumptuous Monuments
Thanks to its rich but troubled history, Strasbourg today occupies a unique place in the heart of Europe. Between historical monuments of European political life and a grandiose architectural heritage, Strasbourg brings pleasure to its inhabitants thanks to its sincere charm and its Alsatian gastronomy.
A breathtaking cultural heritage
Edgar Quinet said about Strasbourg, “This city of Strasbourg pleases me more than I can say. I love this Alsatian character, something hospitable and free." Because the city is full of architectural masterpieces, an entire weekend is not enough time to visit all the monuments of the city. Located on the Grande Île, Strasbourg Cathedral watches over its inhabitants from a height of one hundred and forty-two meters. In Neustadt, the former imperial district, one is captivated by the beauty of the avenues offering an impressive panorama of buildings such as the Rhine Palace or the Palais Universitaire, where neo-Haussmannian and modern art styles blend. Heading northeast of the city you will find the emblems that make Strasbourg a pioneering city of European construction, including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.
The Christmas market, Strasbourg's biggest celebration
The Strasbourg market is the unmissable rendezvous for the end of the year celebrations conveying a magical atmosphere throughout the city. Christmas carols resound, shop windows are adorned with their most beautiful colors, one has the feeling of being in Santa Claus country. Each year, more than two million people come to enjoy the market, where nearly 300 traders offer Christmas ornaments and original gifts. One can also indulge such local specialties such as the famous bredle, Alsatian cupcakes and the kougelhopf, the legendary Alsace brioche, served with traditional mulled wine. The market will be open from November 26 to December 24, 2021. It is on Place Kleber and its 30m high tree will show you where you will find the “Christmas capital.”
Alsace, paradise for gourmets
The city and its region are full of culinary specialties thanks to its seven Michelin-starred restaurants including the Secret Garden and the 1741. Tarte flambée, or flamekueche for the locals, is the symbol of sharing and conviviality in Alsace. You cannot visit Strasbourg without eating a good sauerkraut, its emblematic dish. You will also find spätzle, Alsatian pasta with an atypical texture, often accompanied by a meat sauce. The traditional Alsatian dish the baeckeoffe will appeal to meat lovers mixing marinated meats and potatoes. For an aperitif, you can't miss a pretzel, any occasion is good to bite into their saltiness or sweetness. The whole experience can be accompanied by a glass of Alsatian wine, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat or Pinot Noir or Gris.