Portray of the Destination
Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France, is justifiably regarded as one of the most
attractive cities in Europe. Located on the Ill River on the Rhine, close to the border with
Germany, the city is a splendid fusion of Franco-German cultures and architectural styles.
Along with New York and Geneva, Strasbourg is one of the few cities in the world to house
international institutions without actually being the capital of its country. It is the seat of the
Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament among other
things, and great pride has been taken in the careful design and construction of their buildings.
It goes without saying that symbolic institutions should be represented by equally symbolic
buildings, and travellers will be greatly rewarded by admiring these stunning examples of
As well as its modern beauty, Strasbourg offers every visitor a healthy slice of history,
culture and cuisine. The aptly-named Petite France district is compact yet breathtakingly
beautiful, with its winding rivers and elegant bridges, from which you can enjoy an amazing view of
the city's Gothic cathedral. After a long day sightseeing and shopping in the Grand Île, the first
city centre to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO, why not enjoy a refreshing beer or two
in the city's friendly Alsatian taverns. All this and more makes Strasbourg a shining example of