Travel guide updated in February 2019.
The Grande Ile of Strasbourg was selected as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1988, followed in 2017 by the Neustadt or new city. It is on the Grande Ile that the city has developed since Antiquity and the creation of the Roman castrum of Argentorate. The historic center of Strasbourg is full of a unique heritage that runs from medieval times to the present day. Its urban heritage, as varied as it is exceptional, is the result of continuous economic prosperity throughout the history of Strasbourg. Indeed, the city is located at a commercial crossroads of European dimension. From north to south and from east to west, men, ideas and goods have been transported and exchanged for centuries. Strasbourg is unique in Europe for its cultural, intellectual, artistic and architectural mix.
Here you’ll find all the information necessary to prepare your trip and your stay in Strasbourg in order to discover this exceptional site of indisputable universal value. You will find the following under the sections for the site : the reasons for its selection for the World Heritage list, the history of the site, many practical informations (Tourist Offices, suggested tours, museums, events, transports), and a selection of accommodation and restaurants. Informations, prices and opening hours shown are for 2019.
But most importantly, this "Strasbourg, A World Heritage Site" travel guide also offers a suggested itinerary for visiting each site and monument. You'll also find tips (transport, pricing, activities ... ), anecdotes and all the possibilities for family-friendly visits to encourage children and families in their discovery.
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About the Author
A word from the author Visiting a Unesco World Heritage site is more than just simple tourism. It's a journey toward the discovery of cultures, history and nature. It's the opportunity to explore places that have contributed to the construction our history and our humanity, and that protect this heritage even today. It's the experience of being enriched by the collective universal memory that helps us understand the world around us. The sites on the World Heritage of Humanity list all have one thing in common: their universal nature. They teach us that the world – since antiquity – has been fashioned by often commercial crossroads encouraging cultural, scientific and religious fusions. They teach us that openness to others and exchange are indeed sources of prosperity for all societies. To travel to the heart of these World Heritage sites is to choose to embark on an ethnological, anthropological, sociological, historical, architectural, cultural or religious voyage ... or all this at once! In short, it represents a tourism based on tolerance among civilizations and on respect for future generations. Let's protect our fragile universal heritage. And let's pass it on to our children.