Strasbourg city guide: What to do on a weekend break in the French home of the European Parliament

Why go now?

Eurosceptics like to turn their noses up at the home of the European Parliament, but they’re missing out on one of France’s most appealing and sophisticated cities. Alsace’s capital Strasbourg looks like something out of a Black Forest fairytale, with medieval half-timbered houses covered in flowers and set in cobbled squares. There’s also a stately Gallic elegance in the mansions that appeared when the French took over the city from the Germans, and a cosmopolitan ease about the place, which becomes even more agreeable in late summer as café tables colonise every open space.

Get your bearings

Encircled by the River Ill and the Canal du Faux-Rempart, Strasbourg’s Unesco-listed centre, Grande-Île, is best seen on foot. Visitors make a beeline for the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame (1) before exploring Petite France (2), the…

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