Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Strasbourg, capitale européenne et de Noël

Winter is coming, Christmas is in three weeks, and everybody starts to rush to the stores to get presents. And Strasbourg, on the border with Germany, gets overly crowded at this time of the year! Not for the European Parliament and other international tours, but mostly for its famous Christmas market, one of the biggest in Europe, also called Christkindelsmärik in Alsatian. It was created in 1570 and more than 2 million visitors come every December in Strasbourg to find the perfect gift and enjoy this typical and tradiotional atmosphere. 
For more than 220 years, the cathedral of Strasbourg was the tallest building in the world! It is now the 6th tallest church around the world and the view from the top remains memorable! If you succeed not spending the entire day at the Christmas market, you have to visit the Grand île (historic district classified UNESCO World Heritage Site) and wander in Petite France, probably one of the most charming urban areas in the country. 
Between the bretzel, the choucroute, the flammekueche, the fleischschneke, the männele, the Munster cheese and the Alsatian white wine, you should not be too hungry during your trip!
View from the Petite France and its typical timbering houses, Strasbourg

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