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Conceived as a symbol of imperial power, the Palais du Rhin dominates the 'Place de Répulique' with its impressive cupola. Built between 1884 and 1889 in a neo-Renaissance style inspired by the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, this imposing building is a remarkable illustration of 19th-century Prussian architecture. Wander across the edifice’s opulent Renaissance-inspired interiors, of which the monumental staircase is a magnificent illustration. Notable stylistic exceptions include the Rococo-styled salon of the Empress, exuding a particularly warm atmosphere. The eastern façade overlooks the Place de la République, a magnificent circular garden featuring beautiful centenary trees including a purple beech, a Scots pine, an American tulip tree, and a ginkgo biloba.
Jardin Botanique de l'Université de Strasbourg
Built in 1690 by its namesake—legendary military engineer Sebastien Vauban—the Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban) was designed not only as the city’s principal lock, but as an integral part of Strasbourg’s fortifications. Guarding the southwestern entrance to the Grande Île, the dam spans the width of the River Ill and has the capacity to flood the entire southern end of the town in case of attack. Today the grand lock, with its 13 arches, magnificent sculptures and grass-topped terrace, is among the city’s most recognizable landmarks and makes a popular lookout point, offering panoramic views over the nearby Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts), the Old Town canals and the distant Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Set up in 1907 to preserve the region’s unique cultural heritage, Strasbourg’s Alsatian Museum (Musée Alsacien) is a fascinating tribute to Alsatian folk arts and traditions, displaying more than 5,000 items dating mostly between the 14th and 19th centuries. Housed in a trio of 16th- and 17th-century timber-framed mansions, the museum comprises a warren of rooms, each one providing a snapshot of traditional Alsatian life. Exploring the museum takes visitors on a journey through the region’s cultural history, from the rural farms and vineyards of the Vosges valleys to the homes and craftsmen’s workshops of medieval Strasbourg and Colmar. Period furniture and clothing, ceramics, toys and household items make up the bulk of the collection, but there are also exhibits devoted to wine production, carpentry, rope-making, art and handicrafts.
Strasbourg Cathedral is quite a sight to behold. Attracting around 4 million visitors each year, It is the second most-visited cathedral in France, after Notre-Dame de Paris, and well before those of Metz, Reims and Chartres. Unique in having no twin, the spire of Strasbourg cathedral was the tallest in Christendom for four centuries. Inside, several stained-glass windows were put into place between the 12th and 14th centuries, and these are especially beautiful as the sun shines into the cathedral. The astronomical clock, a duplicate of the original, puts on a performance daily at 12:30 that is called the "twelve apostles parade." A trip of 300 steps up the cathedral platform and provides a stunning panoramic view of Strasbourg. The site on which Strasbourg Cathedral stands was originally occupied by a Roman temple.
A living museum in the heart of the city, the Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg, was created in 1619. Its current location dates back to 1884. With more than 6000 species, some rare or remarkable, the collections are spread throughout - in an arboretum, a botanical school, a group of greenhouses, one of which is classified as a historical monument - as many centers of study and discovery that reveal to the visitor the infinite richness of the vegetable world. The Garden is closed to the public in the morning as it is only reserved for the school and the groups by reservation with the service of pedagogic action.
Foods You Must Try In Strasbourg
Alsatian chefs and home cooks have been particularly clever in their ability to use everyday ingredients like cabbage and elevate them to a masterpiece. Choucroute garnie is usually composed of grated cabbage pickled in wine, accompanied by sausages and slow-cooked pork. It’s also delicious served cold with ham and local charcuterie.
Although the red wine version of coq au vin hailing from Burgundy is far better known abroad, in regions such as Alsace, the dish is traditionally prepared with the more readily accessible local white wine, which gives a lighter and slightly tangy touch to the resulting sauce - creamy twist on the classic Coq au Vin. Chicken thighs, bacon and mushrooms are braised in white wine until the chicken is very tender.
This pie is one of those traditional meals that had its origins in the countryside, to provide sustenance to farmers while out in the fields. Over time it developed into a must-have delight. The meat is marinated, usually in Riesling, then cooked inside a light and flaky pastry pocket, to be eaten with your fingers or presented as a started with a side salad.
This soft little bun, delicately spiced and consisting of fruit confit, dried fruit and toasted nuts, is one of Alsace’s specialities for year-end celebrations. It is enjoyed after dessert or goes great with some well-seasoned foie gras. To find one of the best berawecka around, head to one of the Thierry Mulhaupt shops.
The true pretzel dates from the 17th century. In fact it’s a sort of savoury brioche, tender inside and slightly crisp on the surface, with the crust garnished with rock salt. A real symbol of Alsatian baking. Taste a bretzel made by the expert hands of a baker at the Marx boulangerie-pâtisserie. Franck Roesch, who makes these savoury little brioches in strict adherence to tradition.
Flammekueche (or Tarte Flambée)
A close relative to the pizza, some restaurants specialize in this affordable and convenient dish. A thin pastry slathered with creme fraiche, onions and bacon bits, it can be enjoyed as a snack on the go or as part of a full sit-down meal with different toppings.
A tasty treat served as a starter or as a main dish, this typical pie packed with layers of shredded soft caramelized onions, is a staple in every winstub (as local inns are called, literally a wine room).
This hearty casserole owes it name to the Alsatian dialect term for a baker’s oven. In the old days women would put all the ingredients together in a large oval earthenware dish that they would hand over to the baker who would seal the lid with a strip of dough and place in his oven. Potatoes are slowly simmered in local white wine traditionally combined with three meat varieties: pork, beef and lamb.
Munster is at its best in the summer and the autumn, when it is made from milk from the haute chaumes (high stubble) of pastures that have already been mowed for midsummer hay in the Vosges mountains. It is made from unpasteurized cow's milk called 'crude' or raw milk. This soft white cheese is formed into flat cylinders,
Cerises Poêlée (pan fried cherries)
Cerises Poêlée, is a fantastic dessert of caramelised cherries, and so simple. This is an ode to dessert with the exclusive taste of cherry mixed with a sugar - a dish that will find its perfect place to conclude a feast; like a little jewel of gluttony.
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Journey between Alsace and Lorraine, cruising this waterway at the crossroads of many cultures, combining unspoiled nature and exceptional architectural heritage. Pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels for a truly unforgettable experience. Stop at the local crystal workshop. Located at the foot of the incline for over 25 years, the crystal workshop is a family-run business specializing in the art of hand blowing and cutting crystal. This canal also winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Discover the splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Cruise through the Zorn Valley and its landscaped fields, where the canal is wide and straight.
With Alsace having been fought over by the French and Germans for centuries, the region embodies the best of both cultures. Riesling is the quintessential German grape and the Alsatians invest it with French flair. Tasting Riesling starts with intense aromas that rise from the glass, offering primary fruit aromas of orchard fruits like nectarine, apricot, honey-crisp apple, and pear. Besides fruit, you’ll often smell things like honeycomb, jasmine, or lime peel, At its best, Riesling offers unmatched elegance and depth. And unlike any other white wine, it grows more subtle and complex as it ages.
The main characteristic of wines made from Pinot Blanc is a certain roundness of flavor, verging on apparent sweetness sometimes because the acidity is relatively low. With a more gentle appeal, it has even fewer distinguishing marks than Chardonnay, and generally rather less body. This means that yields have to be really quite low before a Pinot Blanc can stand up to barrel ageing. Most of them are wines to be drunk young while such acidity as there is, is most obvious. With a fresh and floral nose, it shows a lively mouth, with a frank attack and some citrus fruit notes.
Alsace is the largest producer of Gewürztraminer in the world and the majority of wines are made in a rich floral dry style. The dry Gewürztraminers from Alsace have explosive aromas and offer creamy flavors of lychee, honeydew melon and rose. If you love spice-driven cuisines such as Thai, Indian and Arabic foods, you’ll find Gewürztraminer to be a perfect match. All told, there are only about 35,000 acres of Gewürztraminer in the world, which, compared to Chardonnay at nearly 500,000 acres, means the wine is pretty unique. If you’re on the search for a perfect Gewürztraminer, you should start in Strasbourg.
Famous Waterways in Strasbourg
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on an exciting journey along the Rhine River. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city. Savor the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge - the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. At 820 miles, the Rhine is the longest river in western Europe and flows through nine nations.
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