Strasbourg – An Imperial City where History Blends with the Future
Strasbourg is a gorgeous city located in the northeastern part of France, called Alsace. Offering a majestic panorama to all its visitors with many buildings and monuments (their architectural style has Roman and Germanic influences), Strasbourg is well known as the city where King Napoleon has lived for almost 4 years. In addition to this, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed here, in 1792, the song which later on became the national anthem of France: “La Marseillaise”.
The main tourist attractions, which should definitely be visited by anyone who comes to Strasbourg are:
“The Jardin botanique de l’Université de Strasbourg” – a botanical garden that contains over 10,000 species of plants and exotic trees;
“The Palais Rohan” – one of the most valuable and imposing buildings in this city, standing as a true testimony of the baroque style;
“The Musée des Beaux-Arts” – located on the first 2 floors of “The Palais Rohan” and exhibiting the works of famous painters like El Greco, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Gustave Courbet or Edgar Degas;
” The Opéra national du Rhin” – an opera company which includes a ballet in Mulhouse and a center for singers in Colmar.
Another reason why this French city is among the most appreciated in the world is its educational system. With a large number of universities, libraries and cultural institutions, Strasbourg can easily be regarded as one of the “cradles of culture and civilization”.
If you are ever in France, do not miss the chance to visit this lovely city. You will not regret it!
Strasbourg is located in far eastern France, close to the border with Germany. From the UK it can be reached easily by regular flights, or by Eurostar train from London via Paris. Strasbourg is about a 5 and a half hour drive from Le Shuttle Calais.