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Those passionate about culture, those who thrive on a fast pace and the lovers of beautiful stone houses will find themselves at home in Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse. These three Alsatian towns offer an urban experience not to be missed.
Loaded with culture and fizzing with life, Strasbourg is without a doubt one of Europe’s most beautiful cities to visit. Capital of Europe, capital of Alsace and the background for one of the largest universities in France, Strasbourg is a city that exudes youth and dynamism. Food lovers or monument and culture junkies, you will all more than likely fall in love with this city!
Like many large towns, Strasbourg is made up of different neighbourhoods, each with its own particular identity, all intimately linked to its history and inhabitants. Surrounded by two arms of the River Ill, the city centre, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the main jewels that the city is known for, such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, an incomparable gem of Gothic architecture, la Petite-France and the Ponts Couverts (covered bridges).
With its half-timbered houses, canals, flowers, Colmar is a beauty and a pleasure to explore. The epitome of idyllic Alsace, Colmar is a showcase for the Alsatian art de vivre which subtly unites the picture postcard scenery with the joy of relaxation. The capital of Alsatian wines, it offers the intimacy of a small town with a remarkably rich heritage.
‘Petite Venise’ is of course not to be missed but meandering on foot around the town’s beautiful historic centre is equally as pleasurable. Those thirsty for culture can round off their visit to the Musée d’Unterlinden with a visit to Musée Bartholdi, a native of Colmar who designed the Statue of Liberty.
It is with skill and intelligence that Mulhouse transformed its industrial history into an incredible source of knowledge and interest: its technical museums are known well beyond Alsatian borders and the Automobile Museum and the Museum of Printed Textiles are amongst the most enthralling in the world.
You can stroll through the Old Town, immersing yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere and visit historic monuments like the Hôtel de Ville or the Temple Saint-Etienne or jewels of contemporary art like the Kunsthalle or Maison Mondrian.