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Strasbourg's Dual Citizenship

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An April 2005 trip to Strasbourg by Re Carroll

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Quote: Strasbourg is an intriguing mix of old and new, French and German, young and old.Rather than suffering an identify crisis, the city blends all the pieces together to create an atmosphere of joie de vivre at its best!

Strasbourg's Dual Citizenship

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Overview

Strasbourg's main sight Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Just 2 miles from the Rhine River, Strasbourg is a pleasant mix of the best of France and Germany and nowhere is this more obvious than in the cuisine. Cozy French bistros serve delicate crepes while jovial German winstubs offer huge portions of pork hocks and sauerkraut and bakeries, scented with hearty apple strudel, showcase exquisitely detailed petit fours. Truly, this city has more than its share of gastronomic temptations for visitors.Modern Strasbourg is a big city, home to the European Parliament and the University of Strasbourg where Goethe, Napoleon and Pasteur studied. With a tight schedule, I limited my explorations to Vieille Ville, the historic Old Town. The area is just made for exp...Read More

CIARUS

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Hotel

CIARUS Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Almost every review I’d read of this hostel was extremely complimentary, and I was not disappointed by my stay. CIARUS is located in a residential area, about a 20-minute walk from the cathedral. The French flair for design is evident, as the four-story building has been totally remodeled inside with elevators, lofts overlooking the reception area, and a large glass skylight to take advantage of sunny days. Each room has key-card entry and its own bathroom with a shower and toilet. Beds are typical hostel bunk style with a firm but comfortable mattress, thick duvet, and individual reading light. Unlike most hostels, there is no charge for sheets, but towel rental is 1.50€ each (free on weeke...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

CIARUS
7 Rue Finkmatt
Strasbourg, France
(88) 152-788

Brasserie du Dauphin

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Restaurant

Brasserie du Dauphin Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Located near the cathedral, this restaurant is set back from the street, with an arched entrance covered in the summer by vines and studded with small, clear lights that twinkle invitingly. Two plaster cherubs guard the entrance, although their relaxed pose seems to imply that they’ve stopped by for a drink and a bite to eat. While the exterior is of modern glass and lights, the interior is much more rustic with lots of dark wood and chunky, dark furniture. It reminded me of a German wine cellar, except for the walls where, with typical French flair, just about every square inch is covered in artwork.The menu is an intriguing mix of German and French specialties. Tarte flambee (similar to quic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Brasserie du Dauphin
13 Place de la Cathedrale
Strasbourg, France
(03) 8821-0146

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace)

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Attraction | "Palais Rohan & Musee des Arts Decoratifs"

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace) Photo, Strasbourg, France
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The stately Palais Rohan was built between 1732 and '42 as a residence for the Prince Bishop of Rohan and was home to four successive Rohan cardinals. Auctioned as a National Property in 1791, it was used as a Town Hall during the Revolution. In 1805, it was refurbished and used as an imperial palace by Napoleon. Restored to much of its former glory, the city of Strasbourg now uses it to house three of their top museums, including my favourite, the Decorative Arts Museum.A main part of the Museum is the Cardinals’ Apartments with entry through the Salle du Synode. This huge entrance hall with its high, gilt edged ceiling and massive paintings really set the scene for the rest of my self guided ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace)
2 Place Du Chateau
Strasbourg, France

Museums

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Attraction | "More Palais Rohan Museums"

Museums Photo, Strasbourg, France
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In my opinion, Musee des Arts Decoratifs (see separate entry) is the premier museum in Palais Rohan but there are two other interesting museums that are worth a visit as well. Musee des Beaux Arts and Musee Archeologique have separate admission fees of €4 each but a better deal is the combo ticket that covers all three, including Musee des Arts Decoratifs, for €6. An audio guide is available for an additional charge from the small gift shop/ticket office. The museums are open from 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday through Monday. Flash pictures are not allowed.Musee des Beaux-Arts - Located on the second floor of the Palais Rohan, the Fine Arts Museum is very understated in terms of advertising or f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Museums
2-5 place du Chateau
Strasbourg, France