Strasbourg is the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It’s also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. Its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame features daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its 142m spire.
The city’s heart is Grande Île, which encompasses an island surrounded by the Ill River. Its Petite France quarter includes medieval bridges and canals lined with 16th-century half-timbered houses. At the grand Palais de Rohan, rising over the river, the Musée des Beaux-Arts displays works by Peter Paul Rubens and other Old Masters. One of the city’s oldest squares, Place Gutenberg, is home to the Neubau, the former town hall, completed in 1585 in Renaissance style. Traditional ‘winstubs’ (wine rooms) serve local specialties such as choucroute garnie, a type of sauerkraut with sausages and preserved meats.