At the border of France and Germany, there is a small town named Strasbourg with rich architectural heritage embracing the style of Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau eras. There are two things you shouldn’t miss while there the Half Timbered Houses with sloping roofs and the Strasbourg Cathedral.
In 1988, Unesco recognised the portion of the city within the Ill River, Strasbourg-Grande-Ill, as a World Heritage Site. Not a single monument but the entire historic centre of a city was given this recognition. In 2017, UNESCO extended the scope of the area to include the “new town” built between 1871 and 1914 after annexation by Prussia.
It is just a day visit kind of city, but we had stayed overnight and I liked the old town timbered houses so much that we visited them twice. The old town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys that beckon you to wander and look up at the rooflines and steeples. Cascades of brightly colored flowers hang over balconies and bridges.
The most famous monument is the Strasbourg Cathedral where the foundations were from Roman Basilica and its there right at the centre of the Square, which is the hub of the city day and night.
For a day visit, you can first visit the Cathedral and then you can either take a mini tour ride which talks to you about the city and also lets you tour around the significant places and get down at the old town. The old town needs to be explored by foot. Because one there is no access for vehicles and another it is a beautiful town to stroll by and then you can have your lunch or dinner there.