Strasbourg is the beautiful capital and principal city of the scenic Alsace region of northeastern France. Its entire historic city centre, called the Grand Ile (Grand Island), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located very near the border with Germany, Strasbourg is a cosmopolitan European city, flavoured with French and German culture: over the centuries Strasbourg has often changed hands, alternating between France and Germany. Strasbourg's signs are in both languages, and German food and beer are as popular as French haute cuisine and wine. Strasbourg offers the best of both countries: the soaring Strasbourg Cathedral, France's oldest Christmas market, the legendary Rhine River, classic German architecture and the fabled Black Forest nearby. The Ill River winds its way through this fabulous city, providing a pleasant but quite unneeded scenic touch to an already beautiful place.
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The outstanding Gothic masterpiece that is Strasbourg Cathedral is first and foremost on the itineraries of most travellers enjoying cheap holidays to Strasbourg. Its exterior is a paragon of mediaeval elegance and intricacy, and its towering spire made it the tallest building in the Christian world for more than 400 years. Hundreds of sculptures leap out from its walls. But the Cathedral's interior is even more amazing than the exterior, with stained glass windows from hundreds of years ago, a huge organ complete with animated figures, and a Renaissance-era astronomical clock that's a masterpiece in its own right. It could take days to thoroughly explore this awe-inspiring cathedral, and those days would be well-spent.
La Petite France provides a change of pace from Strasbourg's breathtaking cathedral. A walk along the Ill River's landscaped banks is the best way to explore this charming neighbourhood that's bursting with flowers, inviting restaurant aromas and local colour. At its heart is the Musée d'Art Moderne, a showcase for modern European paintings, graphic arts and photography. The Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame displays local art from a different period - the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its exhibits include an 11th-century stained glass head of Christ and the works of Strasbourg goldsmiths during the Renaissance period.
The Palais de Rohan, south of the cathedral, is known for its elegant facades and roccoco interior. It houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts, with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, El Greco, Goya, Renoir and Monet; a decorative arts museum with ceramics and the original machinery of the cathedral's first astronomical clock; and a collection of artifacts from Roman and early mediaeval times. The Musée Alsacien, occupying three mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries, features the folklore and customs of old Alsace, with arts, crafts, and old tools from the region. Visitors see and experience all this and more when they book discount travel to Strasbourg through Direct Flights. Whether you are traveling from Australia, the United States, Asia, or another country throughout the world, Direct Flights can find a travel package to Strasbourg that suits your budget.
Strasbourg is known for its hundreds of restaurants offering dishes from all around the world, but you can also sample traditional Alsatian cuisine such as sauerkraut, flambé tart, spaetzle and foie gras in the "winstubs," local taverns known for their friendly atmosphere.
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