Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace the smallest region in France and found in the eastern part of the country along the Rhine river.
Probably most commonly known now for being one of the centres for politics in Europe – it houses the European Court of Human Rights and is the official seat of the European Parliament – however the place and the surrounding area has a lot more to it that just politics and a cruise that includes Strasbourg can be one of the most cultural and historical getaways you can go on in France and the whole of Europe.
The history of the city goes back over two millennia so it has a rich history and tradition. The Old town centre is UNESCO listed and is usually the first stop on your cruise excursion to the city; the centre of the old town allows the city to keep a sense of history about it even if some parts are developing in modernity.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the must see attractions in the city and was famously praised extensively by Victor Hugo and, in addition to this, La Petite France, a neighbourhood in the city, is one of the most photographed places in the world and you will quickly see why when you get here.
From rustic winding cobble stoned streets to the medieval buildings and centuries old architecture it is like walking back in time and will prove to be a very worthwhile excursion.
Strasbourg has both the Historical and Modern Aspect
One of the great things about the city is that you can combine this ancient and historical aspect with the modern nature of much of the city. The European Parliament is something to be seen even if you are not overly political and many of the river cruises sail past these buildings and the area so you do not even need to get off the ship.
One particular thing about the city, and something that is great for tourists, is that much of the centre and the places visitors go to is vehicle free meaning that walking around is easy and one of the best ways to get around.
Cycling is another option and this is how many of the locals navigate the city; there are 11 automatic rental stations in the city where you can rent a bicycle for the day. Not only is it great exercise but it also allows you to soak up the atmosphere and visit as many places as you can.
From the city of Strasbourg you can continue on down the Rhine to Basel or go through Germany all the way to Amsterdam. A cruise including Strasbourg is a great way to see some of the best sites that the Rhine has to offer. Even though a lot of the city is trying to modernise itself, there still remains a very strong historic element to it and it provides a nice mix.
To sample a great French city on the Rhine then Strasbourg is a great way to do this and is included on most European cruises that sail down this famous river.