Explore 2000 years of history
As the capital of the Alsace region close to the border with Germany, Strasbourg is a blend of cultures. And this is reinforced in the present day, being the seat of many European institutions. Strasbourg’s long and rich history is right at its heart – the historic Grande Île (Grand Island) was the first city centre in France to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From 1647 to 1874, Strasbourg Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Even today it stands as the world’s sixth tallest church. One of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture, it can be seen from across the Rhine.
Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame:
In a part-Gothic, part-Renaissance building next to the Cathedral, the museum houses an extensive collection of medieval and Renaissance upper-Rhenish art, including sculptures, plans and stained glass from the Cathedral.
Constructed between 1732 and 1742, this Episcopal Palace was modelled on Paris’ grand mansions. Since 1870, it has housed the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Fine Arts Museum
Visitors get a tour of Strasbourg’s old houses linked together via staircases and wooden passageways, giving a taste of rural Alsatian life from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art:
Served by its own tramway stop (‘Musée d’Art moderne’), this museum is one of the largest of its kind in France. The modern, spacious and impressive building sits on the quayside in the heart of the historical district.