I haven’t done any ‘destination’ blogs yet so here you go! So I’ve already been to Strasbourg like 3 times since it’s the nearest big city to me. Although I may be jealous of those who actually live there I’m lucky to know people who live there and be able to make friends there. So these are some photos from my several trips there.
First spot: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg or the Strasbourg Cathedrale
Seeing it in person it quite something because it’s huge and gorgeous. Construction started in about 1176. It was the tallest in the world from 1647 to 1874 with a height of 446 ft (142 m). It was heavily damaged during WWII and only repaired as late as the 1990’s even some of the stain glass windows were taken out. It has gorgeous stained glass windows (most from the 14th century), sculptures, a tapestry and an astrological clock from the 1800’s. It’s pretty breath taking in person.
Next up is: Place Kléber
It’s the main square of Strasbourg and where most of the shops are! If you continue onward you’ll get to the Place Gutenberg.
Another one of the first things I visited was the the Archaeological Museum (Musée archéologique), the Museum of Decorative Arts (Musée des arts décoratifs) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts) which is housed in the Palais Rohan. The Palais Rohan was built in the 1730’s and and housed bishops and cardinals before it was turned into a museum in the 1890’s. The Palais had some notable guests including Marie Antoinette (she spent her first days on French soil there), King Louis XV, Napoleon and Queen Josephine. In more modern times Sarkozy and Obama had a meeting there.
And the best part is the lady at the desk looks at me and asks “étudiante?” (Are you a student?) and I said yes, so all three museums cost me only 6 euros! The perks of looking young and I still have my college ID.
The fine arts museum features works by Degas, Courbet, Goya, Raphael and more. The astronomical clock is supposed to be one of the oldest- parts of the second clock from the cathedral from the 1500’s.
More views from statues, and books stalls to where Manu hosted me!
Above is Saint Paul’s church, the botanical gardens at the university and the Palais of Rhin.
I always manage to find a craft brewery (La Lanterne) and a street with my name wherever I go!
St. Thomas cathedral
A little flower market, tarte flambée, Saint William’s church, Saint Pierre’s church, Grande-Île and Petite France.
Parc de l’orangerie and a cute little festival I stumbled upon one sunday afternoon.
Bonus: stopped at a store called “The Big Apple” for an overpriced taste of home. Definitely makes me laugh like “Fresh Burritos” or “Empire Steak Building”.
I’ll definitely be going back to Strasbourg in future especially with the Christmas markets happening soon. It’s definitely worth a visit no matter what time of year it is.