On the border of France and Germany lies Strasbourg, a charming city blending two cultures.
Make a visit to the beautiful Notre Dame de Strasbourg, one of the tallest gothic cathedrals in the world. Boasting the highest cathedral tower in France, the inside is just as impressive as the outside, with beautiful stained glass and an astronomical clock that plays a show every day at 12:30 p.m. The cathedral closes every day from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for a movie about its astronomical clock.
You can visit the cathedral every day from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance to the cathedral is free. Keep in mind that you cannot walk around the cathedral during services.
If you would like to see the apostles animation featured on the astronomical clock, the cost is €2. Children under six can see the astronomical clock for free. Admission to see the apostle animation begins at 11:20 a.m. – at other times the still clock can be seen for free.
Another wonderful option is to climb over 300 steps to the cathedral platform to see beautiful views of the Black Forest. Cost to get up to the platform is around €5.
On Rue Rohan by the cathedral, you can visit the many shops and restaurants. During the Christmas season, there is a beautiful Christmas market right next to the cathedral.
Another wonderful location in Strasbourg is Le Petit France. Filled with cobblestone streets and beautiful medieval buildings, Le Petit France is a great area to shop, eat or just to stroll along the riverside. Another great option to see Petit France is to take a Batorama tour. If you have the option, take an open-air boat if the weather is nice. The tour, which is about an hour long, costs €8.50 for adults and €4.50 for children. The tour departs from the Palais de Rohan.
After viewing Petit France, visit the museums at Palais de Rohan. Palais de Rohan houses three museums: Musee des Beaux Arts [Museum of Fine Arts], Musee Archeologique [Archeological Museum] and Musee des Arts Decoratifs [Museum of Decorative Arts]. The Archeoligical Museum is in the basement, the Museum of Decorative Arts is on the ground floor and the Museum of Fine Arts is on the first floor. You can purchase a combined ticket to all three museums for a reduced price of €12.
On Saturday and Sunday, the museums are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Archeological Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts is closed on Tuesday, and open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Each of the three museums cost €6, with a reduced price of €3. You can purchase the reduced price ticket if you are a student under 25 or a senior over 60. Free admission is available for anyone under the age of 18 or for everyone on the first Sunday of the month.
When you are ready to leave Strasbourg, Paris is two hours and 30 minutes away, Basel is an hour and 10 minutes away and Frankfurt is two hours away by train.
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