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Top 10 Things To Do in Strasbourg!

 Your first four days in Europe will be spent in Strasbourg, leaving plenty of time to explore the city where France and Germany collide! Here are some things you do not want to miss:

What to see:

1. Cathédrale Notre-Dame: This 15th Century Cathedral in the heart of the historic core is not something to pass up! It’s worth the €4.70 to climb to the top of the 216ft high platform and see all of Strasbourg at your feet. The famous astronomical clock gives a daily show at 12:30pm and for €2 it’s a bargain!

2. La Petite France: Named one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Europe! The Ill River meets the Rhine River and splits into many canals with shops and restaurants galore along the water’s edge. The panoramic terrace at the top of the Vauban Dam provides beautiful views of the network of canals.

3. European Parliament: Known as “The Capital of Europe,” the European Parliament meets for sessions each month to debate and vote on issues affecting the EU. The 750-seat debating chamber hosts elected representatives from each of the EU member states. Catch a tour and snag a seat in the gallery to watch debates in action!

4. Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts): Housing arguably the best collection of fine art in Strasbourg, the museum features works from the 1300’s to 1871. The works of Raphael, Botticelli, El Greco and Goya are some of the highlights. Admission is only €2 for students!

5. Le nuit des Musées (Night of the Museums): Saturday May 17, 2014, this annual event offers free night admission to all of the city museums. The night includes guided tours at all museums, live exhibitions and installations, storytelling, music and more. Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity!

6. Council of Europe: Comprising 47 European countries, the Council of Europe promotes democracy and protects human rights. Admission to visit and tour is free! One hour guided tours take you through the Chamber of Parliamentary Assembly and give you a first-hand look at the work of the council.

7. Parc du Chateau de Pourtales (Chateau de Pourtales Park): Large and beautiful park on the grounds where you’re staying in Strasbourg! Rent a bike from the Chateau or simply take a friend and have a picnic. The park offers beautiful views of the Chateau and is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

8. Musée Alsacien (Alsatian Museum): Learn about the region where you’re staying! The museum features exhibits of traditional Alsatian life and the blending of French and German culture through toys, ceramics, costumes, etc. Full-scale interiors of Alsatian homes, workshops, etc. are on display to further immerse you in Alsatian culture. Admission is €6.

9. Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace): Housing both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative Arts, there’s plenty to see. Even if art is not your thing, go just to see the palace itself! Built in the 1700’s and the former residence of the Bishop of Strasbourg, the palace is continuously named one of the most impressive buildings in Strasbourg!

10. Jardin des deux Rives (Garden of Two Rivers): Ever stood in the middle of two countries at once? Now you can! This beautiful public garden straddles the Rhine and both cities of Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany. The Pont de l’Europe Bridge connects both sides of the park and the two countries.