Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of Alsace region in north eastern France. The history of Alemmanic-speaking in Alsace and its location in proximity of German border explains the Germanic name of the city which means “Town (at the crossing) of roads”. Balancing between France and Germany and between medieval past and progressive future gave Strassburg an unique and inimitable style.
The city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, particularly in the Petite-France district or Gerberviertel (“tanners’ district”) alongside the Ill and in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzell stands out.
Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city.
Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions with European Parliament in top of them which give the city a modern vibe and student population of Strasbourg University keeps the city’s nightlife lively and current.
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