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Surprising Strasbourg

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An August 2004 trip to Strasbourg by Ed Hahn

Cathedral Scene, Guttenberg Square Photo, Strasbourg, France More Photos
Quote: Towards the tail end of a 7-week trip, Strasbourg becomes a delightful, fascinating, and fulfilling stop.

Surprising Strasbourg

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Overview

Half Timbered House on River Ill Photo, Strasbourg, France
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We arrive in Strasbourg by train and walk to our hotel, the Best Western Monopole Metropole, only 4 blocks away. We are distressed to find that our original plan to visit Trier, Germany, and Bastogne is totally impractical, but we are not disappointed at the alternative of spending our 2 days right here as soon as we start to walk around town.What a lovely city it is with its dual Franco-Germanic personality! It is not only the main city of the historically significant Alsace-Lorraine region, but also the home of the European Parliament. The center of the city, with its winding streets, is charming, and the Cathedrale de Notre Dame is stunning. In the older parts of the city, t...Read More

Best Western Monopole Metropole

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Hotel | "Best Western Monopole Métropole"

Best Western Monopole Metropole Photo, Strasbourg, France
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This three-and-a-half-star hotel is about 4 or 5 city blocks from the train station on a street that terminates at the plaza in front of the station, so it is very easy to find. It is also very near to the City Center, Guttenberg Square, and La Petite France. As you can see from the picture, the exterior is not that appealing, but the interior is great. When we checked in, we were asked if we wanted breakfast. We said yes and only later discovered that it cost an additional 10 Euros. I’m not sure it was worth that, but it was okay and obviously convenient. I find that while most three- and four-star hotels in Europe include breakfast in their room rate, Best Western-af...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2006

Best Western Monopole Metropole
16, rue Kuhn.
Strasbourg, France 67000
+33 (388) 143914

L’Ami Schutz

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Restaurant

L’Ami Schutz Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Our first night in Strasbourg, we decided to eat at one of Strasbourg’s most picturesque bierstubs, L’Ami Schutz, a Franco-Germanic name for sure. Located between the two forks of the Ill River, next to the Ponts Couverts (covered bridges), it has both an indoor dining room and an outdoor seating area. Because of the threat of rain, we opted for the wooden beamed interior. It was crowded inside, but we must have looked like big tippers, as we got a prime table immediately. Even though this is a relatively famous restaurant, the host was very accommodating and the service was efficient and friendly. We had many questions about the menu, and our waitress hung in there and answered them all. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2006

L’Ami Schutz
1 Rue des Ponts Couverts
Strasbourg, France
+33 (03) 8832 7698

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg

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Attraction | "Cathedrale des Notre Dame"

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg Photo, Strasbourg, France
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There is no doubt that this cathedral is the primary tourist attraction in Strasbourg. For one thing, it sits right in the center of the city, dozens of streets lead directly to cobbled Guttenberg Square where it is located, and it can be seen from almost anywhere in or near Strasbourg.Proposed in 1015, its construction, on the site of an earlier Romanesque basilica, was begun in 1176 and the spire was finished in 1439, 424 years later. It stands as a superb example of Gothic architecture. The steeple soars to 466 feet. A team of masons worked on it through out the 13th century, creating superb statuary and an impressive interior subtly lit by fine stained glass windows. The world-famous m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2006

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Cathedral Square
Strasbourg, France

Petite France

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Attraction | "Le Petit France"

Petite France Photo, Strasbourg, France
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We discover La Petite France, an area on an island in the center of the Ill River, our first afternoon in Strasbourg. It is part of the Grand Ile, or Main Island, and the historic home of Strasbourg’s tanners and millers. It got its name from the fact that, in the early 16th century, it housed a hospital for the treatment of syphilis, which was known in those days as the “French Disease,” hence the Alsatian nickname, “Little France.” Now it’s a pedestrianized center of open-air restaurants and boutiques, full of people but not overcrowded. We grab a table under a huge oak and suck up a couple beers while watching the passing parade of families, lovers, backpackers, and older folks out for an evening s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Petite France
Grand Isle
Strasbourg, France

Audio Walking Tour Guide

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Attraction

Audio Walking Tour Guide Photo, Strasbourg, France
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I don’t usually use audio guided tours because I often find them a distraction rather than a help. They also provide far more information than I usually want, particularly in art museums. In this case, Tom and I decided to try the Audio Guided tour of the city for two reasons. One, we had limited time, and two, the Cathedral was closed and we had a couple hours to kill before it opened, just about the same amount of time the audio-guided tour covered.The audio-guided tours last from 90 minutes to two hours, depending on how fast you walk. I understand they are available in three or four languages, and are accompanied by a very nice brochure that supplements the cassette. We rented bo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2006

Audio Walking Tour Guide
Guttenberg Square
Strasbourg, France
+33 (388) 52 2828