We spent a fantastic long weekend in Strasbourg. What a charming little town! The cathedral is glorious, all the historical buildings are perfectly preserved, the food is delicious, and the city is so easy to navigate. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Being there in September, the weather was a bit chilly, and we had some rain. And then there was the time LittleB got run over by a bike. We were crossing the road and a cyclist went against the light and totally plowed him over. He was fine, just a bit beat up. She was roughed up as well, but I had a harder time feeling bad about it since she was the one in the wrong, even though she insisted he “appeared out of nowhere”. Anyway, no hard feelings, Strasbourg. We still love you.
We stopped at an “American” restaurant off the highway. I had truly the worst meal of my life – a strange salad absolutely dripping with sauce, piled with buffalo chicken. Thinking about it still makes me feel sick.
This is one of the oldest buildings, from the 1300s or so.
Most of our trips involve carousels. Strasbourg was no exception. Also pictured, a statue of Gutenberg – who invented the printing press here!
The pig was the best animal option, actually.
Upper level carousel is where it’s at!
First view of the cathedral, which was built between the 1200s and 1400s.
Getting closer to the cathedral. At one point, it was the tallest building in the world!
We couldn’t get the whole thing in one shot without using a fisheye lens.
Door detail – one of the most famous examples of gothic architecture in the world.
The inside cathedral was gorgeous, with stained glass and sweeping archways.
The windows were intricate and beautiful, ranging in age and style.
View down the church.
View through the rose window at the west facade.
Some of the older stained glass imported from other churches.
Some of the viewing statues like this one could be lit up if you dropped a couple of cents into the mechanism.
One of the columns with detailed sandstone statues.
The full view of the altarpiece.
View out one of the other windows
Another special column that lights up with a few cents.
Strasbourg’s famous astronomical clock from the 1800s.
This clock is more of a complex calculator, taking into account leap years, equinoxes and more.
The neat part was its calculations of dates like Easter.
The organ was amazing, I wish we had been able to hear it.
The organ case dates from the 1400s, although the mechanics are from the 1980s.
A last look at the full length of the church.
Selfie outside the cathedral.
Stopping for a snack before hopping on the tourist train around town.
Taking a break before the train.
We skipped a lot of walking by grabbing the little tour train, which was a great way to see more of the city.
Embedded in the facade of this building is an old Prussian shell from around 1870.
Next to the cathedral, famous Kammerzell House, from the 1400s.
Lots of buildings in Strasbourg are well preserved examples of Rhineland style, this black-and-white facade.
Another church, another carousel
The tour took us through Petite France
Traveling along the canal had some great views.
Along the canal
Balconies along the old buildings.
At the heart of the tanners’ district.
More buildings down the canal.
Rhineland style in the tanners’ district.
One of the most famous views along the canal, this Maison des tanneurs is a well kept example of the Rhineland buildings.
We stopped for lunch in the tanners’ district and had some fantastic choucroute with duck.
Down the canal from the Maison des tanneurs
More Rhineland buildings along the canal.
It rained quite a bit on our last day, but that didn’t stop us from running through a fountain!
The Strasbourg modern art museum was fantastic.
There was a room full of Monet paintings.
Another Monet painting.
A stained glass window on display.
Our favorite part was the Kandinsky collection. I would fill my house with all his paintings if I could.
Kandinsky’s music room plans
And Kandinsky’s music room in person.
A series of contemporary photos and art rounded off the visit.
The Gustave Doré room was also exceptional.
Gustave Doré 2
Gustave Doré 3