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Ponts Couverts in Petite France, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin
The three bridges and four towers of Ponts Couverts in Petite France, a historic quarter in Strasbourg are part of a fortification from the 13th century built over the River Ill (view from the terrace of Barrage Vauban).
Image: Robert GLOD

About Strasbourg

Strasbourg Minster (Strasbourg Cathedral) and Maison Kammerzell in Strasbourg, Grand Est region
Facade of the Strasbourg Minster, the gothic cathedral was built between 1015 and 1439. On the left the Maison Kammerzell, a well preserved medieval civil housing building from 1467.
Image: Jonathan Martz
Strasbourg Coat of ArmsMap view showing Strasbourg, a river port and the seventh-largest city in France.

The city is best known as the official seat of the European Parliament and home to several other European institutions, among others, the Council of Europe with its European Court of Human Rights.

The capital of the Grand Est region (Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (ACAL)) and the seat of the prefecture of the Bas-Rhin department is situated in the center of Europe in north-eastern France at the left bank of the Rhine river opposite the German city of Kehl. Strasbourg lies 490 km (300 mi) east of Paris, 220 km (137 mi) north west of Zürich, Switzerland, and 220 km (137 mi) south of Frankfurt, Germany.

Strasbourg was a Celtic settlement for centuries, it grew into a Celtic township with a market known as "Argentorate". The Romans took over the region at the end of the last century before the Common Era. They established a military outpost on the Grande Île (Great island) of Strasbourg, the camp was named 'Argentoratum', it was then part of the Roman province of Germania Superior, for some time, the Roman legion 'Legio VIII Augusta', including a cavalry section, was stationed there.
In the fifth century Strasbourg was occupied successively by the Alemanni, Attila's Huns, and the Franks.
In 842 the city was witness to the 'Oath of Strasbourg' in which Charles the Bald, later Carolingian emperor Charles II, and Louis the German swore alliance against their brother, Emperor Lothair I and confirmed the dissolution of the Frankish Empire of Charlemagne.

Maison des Tanneurs in Strasbourg, France
Maison des Tanneurs, the former tannery at rue du Bain aux Plantes is now a restaurant.
Image: Aloïs Peiffer
Today Strasbourg is an important European transportation hub, not only because it is located at a major axis of several European main roads and rail lines, but due to the fact that the European Parliament moves once a month from Brussels, its permanent base, 440 km (273 mi) to its official home in eastern France, Strasbourg - and back again.

No wonder that the city's economy is largely based on service, but it is also a major center of research, engineering, and manufacturing.
The port of the city is the second biggest river port of France.

Strasbourg has a population of about 280,000 residents (in 2014), more than 455.000 people live in its urban area.

Strasbourg is also an important university town, the origin of the University of Strasbourg dates back to 1538. Today it is a multidisciplinary university with more than 40,000 students.

Strasbourg points of interest:
The historic city center of Strasbourg, the Grande Île official website (Grand Island) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as 'an outstanding complex of monuments within a fairly small area. The cathedral, the four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan – former residence of the prince-bishops – far from appearing as isolated monuments, form a district that is characteristic of a medieval town...'.

Places: Grande Île (a river island that and the historic center of the city), Petite France (historic quarter on Grande Île with narrow streets and timber-framed buildings); Place Kléber (the central square of Strasbourg)

art of Tomi Ungerer
Museums: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCS; contemporary art museum with an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures), Musée alsacien (history museum dedicated to all aspects of daily life in pre-industrial and early industrial Alsace), Musée archéologique (large Alsacian museum displaying archeological findings from Prehistory to the Merovingian dynasty), Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame (Upper Rhenish fine and decorative arts from the early Middle Ages until 1681), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg (collection of old masters paintings in the Palais Rohan), Musée zoologique (natural history museum), Tomi Ungerer Museum (museum dedicated to the work of Strasbourg-born artist Tomi Ungerer)

Churches: Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, a Gothic sandstone cathedral built between 1015 and 1439, the cathedral houses an 18-meter astronomical clock, one of the largest in the world.), Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune (Protestant church with a baroque organ built in 1762 by Johann Andreas Silbermann, the oldest part of the church dates back to the 7th century).

Forts: Fort Saint-Jean (part of the fort belt of Strasbourg), Fort de Loyasse (also part of the fort belt of Strasbourg intended to protect the city from invaders).

Parks: Jardin botanique de l'Université de Strasbourg (botanical garden and arboretum)

The map shows a city map of Strasbourg with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Strasbourg Airport (Aéroport de Strasbourg, IATA code: SXB) located about 15 km by road (via A35) west-southwest of the city.

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Local Time France:
Wednsday-June-20  15:42  
Standard Time Zone (CET): UTC/GMT +1 hours
CEST (Daylight Saving Time) in use from end of March until end of October: time zone offset: UTC/GMT +2 hours
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City Coordinates: 48°35′N 7°45′E

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