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What to see in 1 day in Strasbourg, France

While Paris continues to receive millions of tourists annually, Strasbourg is still one of France's hidden gems. Located in the Alsace region, bordering Germany, this city with a rich cultural heritage from both countries is also a perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional.

I visited Strasbourg twice: the first time on summer 2011, and a second time in the fall of last year. In both times I felt "under the spell" of this city that can be easily visited in just 1 day. Here are my suggestions for the top things to do in Strasbourg:


La Petite France
Strasbourg, just like Amsterdam, has several canals. In the center of the city you will find a UNESCO World Heritage island, called "Grande Île". In the Grande Île is "La Petite France", a neighborhood surrounded by canals and even more historic buildings. This area is basically the core of tourism in the city and therefore it also has several shops and restaurants. Take a break in Petite France to savor a Flammenkuche - a kind of thinly-sliced ​​pizza that is the typical dish of the Alsace region - and also enjoy a magnifique French wine.


Cathedral of Strasbourg
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg (Notre Dame de Strasbourg) is one of the most notable buildings of the Grande Île especially due to its Gothic architecture and its medieval astronomical clock. Many consider this church, which has free admission, even more admirable than Notre Dame de Paris. Just in front of the Cathedral you will find many stores selling souvenirs of storks, the bird that is the symbol of the Alsace region.


Rohan Palace
Next to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg stands the distinctive Rohan Palace, which is considered one of the landmarks of French Baroque architecture. The Palace consists of 3 museums: the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and Museum of Fine Arts. In the Museum of Fine Arts you can contemplate great European artists like Botticelli. As for tickets, these can be sold separately or as a combo in case you want to visit all the museums.


Vauban Dam
For a breathtaking view of Strasbourg make sure to visit the Vauban Dam. In this seventeenth-century building - which has free admission - it is possible to have a panoramic view of the canals, historical bridges and buildings. My recommendation is to go to the top of the Dam near sunset hours, for an even more transcendent experience.

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