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    Strasbourg – a brief overview

    The capital of Alsace is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a gem of a place to explore. Sitting on the Franco-German border, its unique combination of cultures has infused its architecture, cuisine and dialect. During a long, tumultuous history its medieval centre – the Grand Île – has remained wonderfully preserved, with the half-timbered houses, narrow

    alleyways and canals of the Petite France district earning it UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s the perfect backdrop for one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. But Strasbourg isn’t just a pretty face – as a thriving university town and the seat of the European Parliament, it holds a vital place in 21st-century Europe.

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    Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

    12 place de la Cathédrale
    Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8832 7578
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1120 and 1240-1900

    Towering above surrounding houses, Strasbourg’s thousand-year-old cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece in pink sandstone. Inside, admire the beautiful stained glass windows and astronomical clock.

    Petite France

    Petite France
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    The most photographed district of Strasbourg is where craftspeople plied their trade in the Middle Ages. Beautifully preserved, it’s a warren of narrow lanes and flower-lined waterways.

    Barrage Vauban

    Ponts Couverts
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8860 9716
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1930

    An impressive example of 17th-century engineering, this lock has a grassy terraced roof sporting fine views over the canals and covered bridges of Petite France.

    Jardin des Deux Rives

    3 rue des Cavaliers
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-midnight

    Built in 2004 as an expression of Franco-German friendship, this 60-hectare park and promenade sits on the banks of the River Rhine, which divides the two countries. Cross into Germany via the impressive suspension bridge.

    Parlement Européen

    Allée du Printemps
    67070 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8817 5184
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    Opening times:
    Times vary; see website for details

    Strasbourg was selected as the home of the European Parliament in 1992. Visitors are welcome on guided tours of the building, and even allowed to sit in on MEPs’ decision-making plenary sessions. Book ahead, as places are limited.

    Musée Alsacien

    23-25 quai Saint-Nicholas
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8852 5001
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    This fascinating museum provides insight into rural Alsatian life in the 18th and 19th centuries, with exhibits including clothes, furniture, ceramics, games and reconstructed workshops.

    Palais Rohan

    2 place du Château
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8852 5008
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    Known as a mini Versailles, this 18th-century palace was built for the city’s prince-bishops. It now houses three museums including Strasbourg’s Fine Arts Museum.

    Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS)

    1 place Hans Jean Arp
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 8823 3131
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This riverside museum in Petite France boasts artworks by Monet, Picasso and Kandinsky, plus an extensive photography and graphic art collection. Its terraced café has fantastic views.

    Parc de l’Orangerie

    Parc de l'Orangerie
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    This beautiful park, the oldest in Strasbourg, is home to storks. Once a rare species, this elegant bird was reintroduced to the city in the 1970s and has since become a symbol of Alsace.

    Jardin Botanique

    28 rue Goethe
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
    Tel: 03 6885 1865
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-1900
    Sat-Sun 1000-1900 (May-Aug)
    Mon-Fri 0800-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800 (Mar-Apr, Sep-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1600
    Sat-Sun 1400-1600 (Nov-Dec)

    Belonging to Strasbourg University and dating from 1884, these beautiful gardens contain 6,000 plant species and an arboretum featuring rare trees.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    You could spend a lifetime’s worth of holidays in France and still not feel as though you’d done the country justice. It remains the planet’s most visited tourist destination, meriting this lofty standing with an almost overwhelming mass of historical treasures, storybook landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasies. The teeming glam of Paris makes for one hell of a centrepiece, matching any city on the planet for ambiance, individuality and set-piece sights.

    But the real beauty of France, in many ways, lies in the seemingly endless list of travel treats elsewhere. The country’s natural gifts are striking, with white sands, hulking mountains and fecund swathes of rolling countryside. It’s a land that has inspired dreamers and drinkers, revolutionaries and artists, gastronomes and geniuses.

    Geography

    France, the largest country in Western Europe, is bordered to the northwest by the English Channel (La Manche), to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname “L’Hexagone”.

    The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements. France is home to an astonishing range of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne, and the flatter countryside of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

    The country has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline.

    Away from the mainland and Corsica, there are a number of French-administered overseas departments and regions outside of Europe. These include Guadeloupe (an island in the Caribbean), Réunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar), French Guiana (on the northeastern coast of South America), Martinique (another island in the Caribbean) and Mayotte (an island in the Mozambique Channel).

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    Key facts

    Population: 62814233

    Population Density (per sq km): 114

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton,which is spoken by some in Brittany. Many people speak at least some English.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1400-1800.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Strasbourg

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    Thanks to Strasbourg’s Franco-German heritage, beer and wine flow freely here.

    As a university town, there are plenty of places to guzzle both with abandon.

    L’Épicerie

    6 rue du Vieux-Seigle
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    It seems time stopped around 1940 at this wonderfully old-fashioned little bar in the Old Town.

    Jeannette et les Cycleux

    30 rue des Tonneliers
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    This retro-themed café-bar morphs from milkshakes by day to cocktails by night.

    Academie de la Bière

    17 rue Adolphe Seyboth
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Open until 0400, there’s plenty of time to try the 70 beers on offer here before shaking your bootie on the cellar dance floor.

    Au Camionneur

    14 rue Georges Wodli
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Restaurant, bar and live music venue, ‘Le Cam’, as it is known to the locals, is a great night out.

    Le Java

    6 rue du Faisan
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Popular with students, this club attracts top DJs on weekends and also stages cabaret and comedy nights.

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    Restaurants in Strasbourg

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    Among Strasbourg’s wide selection of restaurants, make sure you visit a traditional winstub, which serves Alsatian specialities including flammeküche and choucroute.

    Au Crocodile

    10 rue de l’Outre
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    Michelin-starred chef Philippe Bohrer offers a modern fine dining experience at this classy restaurant in the heart of town.

    Le Tire Bouchon

    5 rue des Tailleurs de Pierre
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    It’s worth visiting this place for the beautiful half-timbered building alone. Luckily the traditional dishes are delicious and the wine list impressive.

    Winstub Meiselocker

    39 rue des Frères
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    Don’t let looks deceive you – this ‘traditional’ winstub is actually fairly new, with young chef Cédric Moulot presenting his modern take on classic regional dishes.

    La Bourse

    1 place de Lattre de Tassigny
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Price: Cheap

    Try the house flammeküche at this long-standing, belle-époque brasserie.

    La Vince ‘Stub

    10 Petite rue des Dentelles
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Price: Cheap

    This cosy little place tucked down a Petite France side street serves regional dishes in a lovely atmosphere.

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    Calendar of events

    European Fantasy Film Festival

    12 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (SEFFF) takes place every year in September and focuses on fantasy, science fiction and horror films. The festival was initiated in 2008 and has gained momentum since, attracting tourists and fans from around the world. The festival now kicks off with the Great Strasbourg Zombie Walk to allow fans to enact their favourite movie genre. The walk’s popularity has propelled it into one of the largest in Europe.

    Festival Musica (Festival of Contemporary Music)

    25 September – 10 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, and other venues.

    This music festival is an ode to Strasbourg long musical and cultural heritage, as it mixes various styles and means of expressions, from contemporary music in all its diverse forms and orchestral pieces to rock, jazz and multimedia creations. Creation and freedom are the fundamental cornerstones of this festival that invites both artists and the public to experiment and question their understanding of music and to embrace the democratisation of culture in Strasbourg.

    Jazz d'Or

    7 – 21 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: 22 rue Bain aux Plantes, 67000 Strasbourg.

    A vibrant festival of the best European, especially French, contemporary jazz players – with important links to Germany. The key here is diversity: 30 concerts in 10 different locations, different nationalities, from French to German to American, different jazz styles, all of which take to the stage and engage the audience in an experimental yet intimate experience of sounds and rhythms.

    Christkindelsmärik (Christmas Market)

    28 November – 31 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Around Place de la Cathédrale, place du Château and place du Corbeau.

    This famous Christmas market is like no other. The little chalets huts that line the Place Broglie, Place de la Cathédrale and other little side streets have been going for years. Vendors prepare for this special time months ahead and goodies can include anything from a glass of vin chaud (mulled wine) to warm snacks and a huge array of gifts, a handful of which are still produced locally. With over 300 stalls, this Christmas Market attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every year. Dotted all around the city, these markets are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and to get extra stocking-fillers.

    Carnaval de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Carnival)

    1 – 30 April 2015

    Venue: Various.

    Make-up, costumes and music are the main features of any Carnival. Dozens of dazzling floats and thousands of entertainers join the big procession through the streets of Strasbourg for this fun and festive annual event. Due to its proximity to Germany, the Carnival is particularly important in this part of France, as it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The main parade sets out from the Quai du Général Koenig, winding its way to the Place Kléber two hours later. After live music acts, party-goers continue their revelry at bars and clubs long into the night.

    Nuit des Musées (Museum Night)

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various.

    Every year, for one night (usually some time in May), the city’s museums, as well the university museums, open their doors to the public free of charge between 1030pm and 1am. This is a nationwide initiative, which has been very well received in Strasbourg, as special activities, such as public readings, workshops and talks complement the conventional programmes. In Strasbourg, this event is accompanied by various music and light shows on many of Strasbourg’s beautiful buildings.

    Fête de la Musique (World Music Day)

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    This music festival takes place in all major French cities, including Strasbourg, every year on the same date. First conceptualised in France by then Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981, this all-day-and-night celebration of music has become one of the most popular festival in Strasbourg. Artists, professional, amateur and anything in between, all take to the street to perform a plethora of musical styles.

    National Day

    14 July 2015

    National Day commemorates the fall of the Bastille and the beginning of French Revolution. The event is celebrated with an amazing fireworks show.

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    Hotels in Strasbourg

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    Making the most of the gorgeous architecture in the city, Strasbourg offers modern luxury in medieval surroundings.

    Le Bouclier d’Or Hotel & Spa

    1 rue du Bouclier
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    Antique furnishings will make you feel like royalty in this upmarket hotel in Petite France.

    Hotel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg

    6-8 Rue des Couples
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    This luxury hotel is housed in a 16th-century building on the banks of the River Ill.

    Romantik Hôtel Beaucour

    5 rue des Bouchers
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    Oozing character, this boutique hotel occupies a former 19th-century umbrella factory.

    EtC...Hôtel

    7 rue de la Chaîne
    67000 Strasbourg
    France
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    Category: Cheap

    Each room is individually decorated at this extremely well-priced hotel in the Grand-Île.

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    Climate & best time to visit France

    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +33

    Telephone

    Card-only telephones are common, with pre-paid cards bought from post offices and tabacs; coin boxes are being phased out throughout the country. International calls are cheaper between Mon-Fri 1900-0800 and all day Sat-Sun. Calls can be received at all phone boxes showing the sign of a blue bell. Information in English and other languages can be accessed by pressing the button with a two-flags icon.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Public access is available at internet cafés in all large towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Strasbourg

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    Key Areas

    High-street brands, designer goods and speciality shops can be found on the Grand-Île, with Rue des Hallebardes and Rue des Orfèvres being the best streets for high-end fashion. Pick up edible sweet treats at Mireille Oster (14 rue des Dentelles) and chocolatier Christian (12 rue de L’Outre).

    Shopping Centres

    Just outside the Grand-Île, the Place des Halles is the city’s biggest shopping centre housing all the usual high-street names including department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

    Markets

    Pick up a bargain at Strasbourg’s brocante (flea market) on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Rue du Vieil Hôpital and Place de la Grand Boucherie. Nearby Place du Marché aux Poissons also stages a large farmers’ market on Saturdays. But Strasbourg is mostly associated with its huge Christmas market which dates back to 1570, making it the oldest in France. Held during December on the streets around the cathedral and Place Broglie, it boasts hundreds of stalls selling handmade gifts, cinnamon biscuits, flammeküche and mulled wine.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

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