The City of Strasbourg is one of France’s nine largest cities, and it is a center for important European institutions. It is also a popular tourist destination, offering the first entire historic city center to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, called Grand Ile. Within Grand Ile is the Cathedral Notre Dame, with the tallest cathedral tower in France, and the nearby Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame with a collection of religious art. The cathedral contains an astrometric clock that enchants visitors. The 15th Century Maison Kammerzell is one of the city’s most famous buildings and a well-preserved medieval house.
Also in the Port of Strasbourg’s Grand Ile is the 18th Century Palais des Rohan built for Cardinal Armand de Rohan-Soubise. Today, the Palais contains the Musee des Beaux Arts, the Musee Archeologique, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The Musee Alsacien offers 13th- to 19th-Century artifacts used by the Alsatian peoples in their daily lives. Renovated in 2007, the museum contains furniture, clothing, toys, tools, and religious objects used by Christians, Jews, and pagans.
The Port of Strasbourg is home to Petite France, a small district south of Grand Ile, where visitors will find many beautiful streets with half-timbered townhouses and cobbled streets dating from the 16th and 17th Centuries. The area was home to tanners, millers, and fishermen in the past.
Outside the Port of Strasbourg’s Grand Ile are many beautiful and interesting places to visit. The Orangerie is a beautiful park with a free zoo and playgrounds. The European district is home to the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament. The Place de la Republique is lined with many neo-classical public buildings.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Strasbourg aboard a cruise of the Rhine River can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Strasbourg” on the Cruise Compete website.
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