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Five hours from Paris by train, Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace, a rich land between France and Germany. Because of that, the people of Strasbourg have inherited something from both cultures to make their own. The symbol of the city is its one-spire cathedral, built during the 13th century; it is the highest building in the town.
Strasbourg is a very popular destination. There are many monuments and museums to visit, presenting pieces of art from the Middle Ages (Museum of Notre-Dame) to today’s most famous artists (Museum of Modern Art).
In Strasbourg are some of the very best restaurants in Alsace, with typical specialties like choucroute and flammakuche. Excellent wines are produced not far from the city. Welcoming tourists from all around the world, Strasbourg has many hotels with low prices, as well as a few of very high standard.
It will be my pleasure in the next articles to inform you about the best places to visit in Strasbourg.
Les Trois Roses: a tiny but very nice hotel (with just a few rooms), located near the city center. Very accessible by tramway or bus. It is a two-star hotel, but you will quickly discover it deserves more. Room rates are from 47 to 76 euros and, if needed, there is parking available. You just have to cross a bridge to be at the Cathedral and into the heart of Strasbourg.
Hôtel Les Trois Roses
7, rue de Zurich
From U.S: 011 (33) 3 88 36 56 95
From France: 03 88 36 56 95
Reservations needed (online)
Web Site: http://www.hotel3roses-strasbourg.com/
Bars and Cafés
L’Hippocampe: A very popular bar in Strasbourg, situated between the water and a very crowded street. Very original, the bar is a converted old boat. During the day you can have a drink at the terrace, either protected from the sun or basking in it…as you like. At night, it becomes disco with dance floors and loud music. If you want to meet Strasbourg locals rather than tourists, this is the place to go.
Quai des Pêcheurs
From U.S: 011 (33) 3 88 36 71 31
From France: 03 88 36 71 31
Net sur cour: if you want to send emails to your friends and pals while in Strasbourg, Net sur cour is where you have to go. Many computers are available, some with American keyboards (you can ask for one); the staff speak English. It is best to avoid going between noon and 2 pm, when workers and students have lunch and spend their time on the Net.
Net sur cour
18, Quai des Pêcheurs
From U.S: 011 (33) 3 88 35 66 76
From France: 03 88 35 66 76
Open: Monday – Friday from 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday from 2 pm to 7 pm
Closed on Sunday
Price: 1 euro per 30 minutes on the net