Strasbourg is the European city of your dreams! It has everything going on. Gigantic ancient cathedral? Check. Flowers everywhere? Check. Busy cobblestone pedestrian paths jammed with restaurants and retail stores? Check. Old buildings that have been maintained in great condition? Check. Does a river run through it? Check. Pretty bridges cross-crossing that river? Check. Resultant canals and river boat tour companies? Check. Good public transportation? Check. Bakeries, patisseries, and boulangeries everywhere (and we mean everywhere!)? Check. In other words, Strasbourg has it all. Since it once was part of Germany, the border of which is only about 15 miles from there, it also has a wonderful two-country personality. There is a healthy mix of French and German restaurants. Both languages abound on menus.
We could have walked the canals, and near the River Ill, for days. It was very pleasant and welcoming. We stumbled on one of the most ancient buildings in the city, Eglise St. Pierre le Jeune, the Church of Young St. Peter (yes, there is an “Old St. Peter’s” in town). We spent a long time there, as the frescoes on the ancient walls were partially intact, and it had the prettiest chandeliers we have ever seen in a church! Wait until you get to the photo below! It also had an outdoor cloister, with colonnaded arcades, garden, and well. What a place! Oh, and the city’s cathedral isn’t too shabby, either!
Overall, we would return to Strasbourg and stay for a longer time next time! We figured out the excellent public transportation system of above-ground trains that run all over the city, and enjoyed getting around. There are several pedestrian streets that are interesting to walk on. Additionally, it is so close to Germany that we are heading there, as well (but just for a few days). Enjoy the photos! Yes, it is even better than it looks!