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Strasbourg

The futuristic looking Strasbourg Railway Station

Strasbourg is situated on the eastern border of France and Germany and is the official seat of the European Parliament. After a relaxing less than two hours drive from Sembach (Germany), with our car parked at Strasbourg Railway Station and a quick lunch there, we were ready to explore this beautiful town.

Strasbourg is mainly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock.

Notre Dame de Strasbourg

The exterior of the cathedral is covered with amazing carvings, especially around the doorways and inside the colourful stained glass windows were a delight, especially the western Rose window.

The astronomical clock is really amazing and the most fantastic performance is supposed to happens at 12.30pm although we were there way past that hour.  As you stand looking at the high altar the wall behind it is just amazing, with rows of figures against a gold background.

The astronomical clock

Strasbourg is also known for its medieval cityscape of black and white timber-framed  buildings, particularly in the “Petite France”  alongside the canals and in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral.

Apart from a futuristic railway station, Strasbourg also has its futuristic looking tram

Strasbourg is a truly beautiful city and very accessible on foot – in fact it is the best way to see this world heritage city. Steeped in history of both France and Germany, an alternative to walking, is a boat ride along its rivers/canals, incorporating areas inside and outside the heritage site.

Whether you arrive in Strasbourg by train or by car, its only a short walk from Strasbourg railway station to “Petite France” and the cathedral. We only spent an afternoon there, which certainly is not sufficient time to take in all the beautiful sights, but I hope to be back one day.

All images were taken with the Nikon D810 and Nikkor 18-35 f3.5-4.5g lens and processed in Camera raw and Photoshop.

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