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From the earliest centuries AD, Strasbourg has always been considered an important crossroads of Europe. In the fifth century, Franks already gave it the name of Strateburgum, "the road's fortified place." So, it’s not by chance that the European parliament – a symbol of the town's cosmopolitan spirit – was built here, very close to the Rhine and the German border. The special atmosphere is also discernible in the architecture of the houses and churches, and is audible in the Alsatian dialect, which is a mixture of French and German. The historical centre, surrounded by the charming river Ill, is the real marvel of Strasbourg. It comprises the "Petite France," "la place Kléber" and the cathedral area, which are all perfect places for strolling, improving one’s mind, shopping, relaxing outside cafés or even having parties. And, above all, it's heaven for sweet wines, beers and haute-cuisine lovers.
The historical centre, surrounded by the charming river Ill, is the real marvel of Strasbourg. It comprises the "Petite France," "la place Kléber" and the cathedral area, which are all perfect places for strolling, improving one’s mind, shopping, relaxing outside cafés or even having parties.
For French people, Strasbourg means beer, wine, baeckeofe (a mixed meat dish with potatoes), flamenküche (a thin pie made up of onions, cheese and lardons) and, of course, choucroute (a generous dish consisting of cabbage, meat, sausages and potatoes). Leaving Strasbourg before tasting some of these typical dishes, which can be found in most of restaurants, would be a real crime!
Wine and beers are parts of Strasbourg's identity. Whatever you like, you should find what you are looking for in the numerous and hearty bars, in the centre or closer to the wharves. Strasbourg is a university town, and thanks to its big campus, there’s plenty of places to party. The city’s cosmopolitan spirit means there’s also a little bit of everything to suit all tastes and ages.
Luxury brands and fancy accessories abound, as in any French city, but where Strasbourg's shopping really shines is in local products. Local wine is a must for any visitor, but also foie gras, liqueurs, kougelhopfs, macaroons, gingerbread and many other traditional biscuits.
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