Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, and it also houses International Institutions.
We begin the visit in the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture that mixes the Romanesque style, in its apse and transept, with the Gothic style of its nave and facade. Its 143-meter spire was the highest in the West for a long time. It is worth climbing a 332-step spiral staircase that leads to the Cathedral platform where the views of the city are magnificent.
The Astronomical Clock also stands out, a work of the Renaissance, born from the collaboration of sculptors, painters, mathematicians and watchmakers. The current mechanism dates from 1842. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance; they can be purchased at the Saint Michel door box from 11:20 am. Every day, except Sundays, a video is projected at 12:00, and at 12:30 the parade of the 12 Apostles takes place.
In the Cathedral Square we find the Hammerzell House. The name is due to the owner, the grocer Hammerzell from the 19th century. It owes its current appearance to cheesemaker Martin Braun, who retained the stone ground floor and built three cantilevered floors and a three-level loft. It currently houses a restaurant and a hotel.
Then, we continue the journey to Petite France, a former neighbourhood of fishermen, tanners and millers who lived by the water. The half-timbered houses with open sloping roofs are where tanners put the skins to dry and date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
After that, take the Quai de la Petite France to the Covered Bridges, four towers from the 14th century. The next stop is just a few meters away, the Vauban Dam, which has a panoramic terrace from where you can enjoy the city and its canals.
And we continue to the Church of Saint Thomas, a Protestant church of Alsatian Gothic art. You can finish the visit in the Alsatian Museum, of popular art that shows the traditional Alsatian life: furniture, costumes, ceramics and toys.
The second day in Strasbourg starts at the Republic Square. From there we head to the Church of Saint Peter the Younger, a Gothic-style Protestant church. The 14th century frescoes and the cloister with columns from the 11th century stand out.
Then we enter the Imperial or German neighbourhood, Neustadt, which arose as a consequence of the expansion of the city in 1880, and gives way to large avenues and squares, public buildings and private houses that show a taste for historical eclecticism. The Egyptian House is located at 10 rue du Général Rapp.
And then we cross the Contades park and head to the European Parliament, a mostly glass building that can be visited. The city also has other international institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
Our next stop is the Orangerie Park, the oldest park in the city. In it we can enjoy the lake where you can go canoeing, the Joséphine Pavilion with temporary exhibitions and the Buerehiesel, a half-timbered house, currently converted into a restaurant.
And we finish the visit to the city of Strasbourg in the Botanical Garden of the University dating from 1884.