01 Feb DMC in Strasbourg
As a French dmc – destination management company – we operate everywhere in France. Strasbourg is a peculiar city in France as this is where sits the European Parliament. Therefore, the city has many hotels and conference centres. Strasbourg is also in the heart of Alsace, a French region known for its good food and good wines. Set on the Franco-German border, Strasbourg is a french curiosity. The culture of the city (and of the entire Alsace region, actually) has been shaped by Germany as much as by France. The result is a fascinating blend of influences on everything, from the architecture, the cultural scene, to the language and food.
Strasbourg has more claim than most to be the symbolic heart of modern Europe. Despite the occurrence of various wars, Strasbourg has managed to preserve its exceptionally varied heritage, which shows us the city’s evolution from Roman times through to the present day. But the city doesn’t boil down to this heritage. Strasbourg mixes medieval charm with a dynamic, contemporary and international feel.
Its heart, Grand Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed island in the River Ill. It was the first urban centre in France to be classified by UNESCO (in 1988). This fortified medieval town is packed with ancient relics, from Place Kléber (the main square) to Place Gutenberg. This area is lively throughout the year, from the warm summer months when everyone congregates on the café terraces, to December, when stallholders sell glühwein and festive handicrafts at Christmas markets.
At the centre of the island, soaring over everything (it can be seen from miles around), is the famous gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, world well known for its pink sandstone façade and unique tower. « A gigantic and delicate marvel », in the words of Victor Hugo,. With its unique spire reaching a height of 142 metres, it was the highest building in Christendom until the 19th century.
Nearby is La Petite France (the Little France), a medieval quarter. This picture-postcard quarter, once home to tanners, fishermen and millers, is a haven of peace at the heart of the city. Its picturesque bridges and canals, half-timbered houses and charming narrow streets contrast sharply with the northeast of the city and its modern clean-cut lines of the European institutions. Last but not least, Strasbourg has become renowned for its cuisine across France and even Europe too. In « winstubs » (small wine bars typical of Strasbourg), you’ll enjoy some home-cooked traditional dishes, as well as the traditional wines of Alsace.
With its large pedestrian and medieval centre, gentle waterways, characterful quarters, countless parks and green spaces, luxury boutiques and delighful wines and food, Strasbourg has established itself as both a warm, welcoming city full of authenticity, and a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis !