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City of Strasbourg


A UNESCO World Heritage site, a capital of Europe, France's second culture city and first cycling location, Strasbourg has plenty to offer its residents, students and visitors. Strasbourg is also one of the largest student cities in France: more than one in ten Strasbourgeois is a student!

The best thing to start is probably to let you watch this video, made by EM Strasbourg students, to present Strasbourg’s highlights:



 

A UNESCO World heritage site


As the capital of the French region of Alsace, the city of Strasbourg is especially famous for its spectacular Gothic cathedral, its picturesque Petite France quarter and its medieval churches, buildings and half-timbered houses.
 
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The historic center of Strasbourg, the Grande-Île, structured around the cathedral, was inscribed in 1988 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The perimeter was then extended to the Neustadt (‘new town’) designed and built under the German administration (1871-1918). The Grande-Île and the Neustadt form a unique urban ensemble, characteristic of Rhineland Europe, combining French and German influences.

Discover more about the city of Strasbourg by checking its Tourism Office website

 

A capital of Europe


Strasbourg is one of the few cities in the world along with New York and Geneva which is not a state capital but which is the seat of international organizations. Widely known as “a capital of Europe”, Strasbourg hosts the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Youth Centre. The presence of expatriates from all over Europe, working for these organizations, makes Strasbourg one of the most cosmopolitan French cities.
 
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At the heart of the Franco-German friendship, the city of Strasbourg is also the symbol of the reconciliation of the two countries.

Learn more about the concept Europtimist, developed by the City of Strasbourg

 

A great place to live


Strasbourg offers various cultural opportunities, including a Opera house, a theater, the concert complex Zenith, numerous museums, as well as movie theaters.

The city is also famous for its Christmas Market, which takes place every year in December, before the winter holidays. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and creates a very special festive and joyful atmosphere in Strasbourg’s city center. A cheerful tradition not to miss!
 
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Strasbourg is well-known for being the first cycling city in France with a large network of cycle lanes, various cycling facilities, as well as a convenient bike rental service called Velhop (link: https://velhop.strasbourg.eu/?lang=en).

Find our more about life in Strasbourg by checking the city website

 

A strategic geographical location


The city of Strasbourg is easily accessible by air, road, rail and even boat. The East-European TGV connection makes it possible to reach Paris in less than 2 hours. It is also convenient to visit other European cities via low-cost airlines flying from Strasbourg airport or from nearby airports (Basel, Baden-Baden).
 
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The proximity of Alsace to countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium is an important economic advantage for Strasbourg. The local economy has taken advantage of this privileged geographical context, which provides access to vital markets. Some of the world’s largest corporations have placed their confidence in the Alsatian workforce who are well known for their linguistic skills and work ethics.

 

Around Strasbourg: the wine route and the Vosges Mountains


Alsace is one of France’s largest wine producing regions and is especially known for its white wines Sylvaner, Riesling, Muscat and Gewurtztramminer, as well as its sparkling wine Crémant d’Alsace. Wine lovers will particularly be interested in the wine route of Alsace which is part of the France-wide wine route and which runs through the largest wine producing villages of the region, such as Marlenheim and Thann.
 
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For nature lovers, the Vosges Mountains lie very close to Strasbourg (only 45min away by car) and offer many hiking routes in summer and a number of skiing resorts in winter.

Moreover, Strasbourg is surrounded by numerous picturesque traditional Alsatian villages, which are regularly stated among the most beautiful French villages.
 

Date of update February 28, 2020

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