The capital of the Alsace region of France, Strasbourg is situated along the banks of the Rhine River along the German border. The French and Germans have swapped the city a couple of times.
From the German border and into the glorious Black Forest (European parliamentary seat), you’ll discover the home of the Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. Strasbourg is home to a magnificent Gothic cathedral and Old Town is a designated UNESCO World Site. For all practical purposes, Strasbourg holds a multitude of vacation delights for everyone.
The Alsace region is rich in history and traditions, as well as being home to a blend of several cultures and very unique charm. Travel the Route du Vin which meanders through over 100 villages between Strasbourg and Colmar, renowned for creating some of France’s finest wines. The Alsace region has more 5-star restaurants that serve excellent gourmet cuisine than any of France’s other regions. However, for a family destination with a lot of kid-friendly attractions, Strasbourg will amaze you. Here a few of the more recommended places to explore with your children.
1. A visit to Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame
Though construction began in 1015, fire destroyed most of the original Roman-style building so the actual building of the structure occurred from between 1190 and 1439. The cathedral stands on the site where a roman temple stood originally and it is the highest medieval structure in Europe.
2. A stroll through La Petite France
Featuring 16th-century buildings, cobblestone roads, and many fine restaurants, this is one of Strasbourg’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll feel like you have traveled back in time some 400 years as you walk down the quaint cobblestone streets and wander in and out of the many fine shops. The restaurants feature a variety of both local and international cuisines, all of which have excellent serving staffs and very affordable menus.
3. A day out at Europa Park
A must-visit attraction and one of the largest amusement parks in Europe, the facility is located about a one-hour ride from Strasbourg in the German town of Rust. For a family outing, this is the ultimate in family entertainment and fun.
The Alsace region and Strasbourg are well recognized of late as having numerous attractions and sights for you to enjoy with the entire family and the three listed above are the main ones. In addition to these, you should consider the following attractions as a way to spend many enjoyable hours together as a family:
• Les Naiades Park
• Monkey Mountain
• Nautiland Swimming Center
• Park of the Butterflies
Photo of Petite France, Strasburg by ChristinaT