Strasbourg, France

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We fell in love with Strasbourg after our visit at Christmas time two years ago.  It is the most festive of the many we've seen, with lights strung seemingly everywhere, a delightful Christmas market in front of the imposing Cathedral and an enormous Christmas Tree  surrounded by a glowing paper village.  We vowed we'd make it back to Strasbourg during warmer weather and I got my chance this summer when my mother was here.  

Strasbourg is similar to Colmar with its half timbered buildings and medieval feel, yet the city was once Roman and the busy plaza the church sits on today has long been the center of activity.  Strasbourg sits along the Rhine river on the border between Germany and France making it at one time an important stop along the trade route. 
The Details
Address: 10 Place du Marche aux Cochons de Lait
Location: Excellent location one block from the river and one block from the Cathedral
Parking:  No parking onsite.  As a matter of fact, the closest you can get to the hotel with your car is about a block away. Several parking garages nearby though.
Review:  We chose this hotel based on it's proximity to the sites, but I wasn't super impressed with this Rick Steves' recommendation.  The room was small, the carpet musty and bathroom about as big as one you'd find on your camper.  The included breakfast consisted of cereal, yogurt and bread. On the bright side, the staff were very helpful.  

Swiped the above photo from Mike K off the internet--not sure how I didn't get a picture of the Kammerzell.  

Maison Kammerzell Restaurant
Address: Place de la Cathedrale a Strasbourg
Location: Just to the left of the Cathedral
Review: Built in 1427--that's before Columbus sailed for America!--This former home of a wealthy merchant is one of the best preserved buildings in Strasbourg.  It is now a restaurant/hotel.  We enjoyed a simple but tasty lunch here with no reservation.  Service and prices were good, but even better is the decor. We enjoyed the ambiance and would return again.
Martin Luther's theses were once posted on these cathedral doors.  The cathedral is free to enter, but it does close at lunch time, so plan accordingly.

Batorama River Tour
Cost: €12.50/adults
Departures: Varies seasonally, but in the summer months they run about every half hour.
Review:  Fun!  Sometimes it's just nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the city as it rolls by and the river tour is a unique way to do just that.  Recorded commentary in several languages, tour lasts about an hour.
La Petit France--canals, half timbered houses and flowers everywhere. What's not to love?

Back to the Cathedral for a look inside.

15th century astronomical clock

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  1. Lovely photos of a place I don't know well enough. My husband is from Nancy which is only 1.5 hrs away from Strasbourg by car but somehow whenever we visit family there's never enough time to get to Strasbourg. I've only been once which is crazy really. Must go again soon. #TPThursday

  2. Absolutely stunning buildings!


  3. Gorgeous photos! I can never get enough of virtual tours of Europe. Welcome and thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday this week! #TPThursday

  4. Those half timber buildings and the Kammerzell are so pretty, and the cathedral is stunning. It's just as I picture Europe to be.

  5. my sister and I are actually planning to visit Strasbourg this Xmas, but with some complications I guess we're now putting it on hold *again!* .
    I will certainly bookmark this the next time we plan our trip.
    lovely post. ^-^

  6. Is there skiing near Strasbourg ?