The capital of the France's Alsace-Lorraine region, the city has been German, French, German and French again. You can see this in its changing identity, which reflected in the architecture, cuisine and people. The city center was the first to be declared in its entirety as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to EU institutions; the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.
The city can trace its roots back to the Roman times when it was called Argentoratum and was a very important city in upper Germany. Today it is a buzzing student city with a population of over 300,000 people, 40,000 of which are students.
The construction on the Strasbourg Cathedral began in the 11th century and was completed in the 15th century. It was the tallest building in the world between 1647 - 1874, and is said that the church is visible from the Black Forest in Baden, with its tower measuring 142 feet high. Within the church is the Strasbourg Astronomical Clock that displays the real position of the moon and sun and indicating leap years.
The Kammerzell House is one of the most well preserved medieval buildings in the city. It was built in the 1400's, and the interior is very impressive with a stunning spiral staircase.
Palais des Rohan is found on the left side of the Strasbourg Cathedral. This 18th century French style palace is home to three different museums, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Grande Ile is the Island that contains the historical center of Strasbourg, which includes the Cathedral as well as four other churches: St. Thomas, St. Pierre-Le-Vieux, St. Pierre-le-Jeune and St. Etienne.
Petite France is located on the Grande Ile island and this small area is home to an array of picturesque medieval buildings. It was called 'Petite France' during a syphilis outbreak in the 15th century, when a hospice was built and called the Hospice of the Syphilitic.
Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses a total of 18,000 pieces with collections of paintings, graphic arts, sculptures from 1870 to the modern day. It showcases works from many a famous artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso as well as a good selection on Alsatian artists.
Take your hire car Strasbourg to this excellent museum, the Historical Museum, which documents the history of the city from the Middle Ages. The museum is housed in an old slaughterhouse which dates back to the 1500's, with over 1,300 items ranging from everyday objects to important events and people to showcase. The museum is split into three chapters with the first is centered around the city in the Holy Roman Empire; the second on the royal city in the kingdom of France from the 1600's, ending with the French Revolution; and the third deals with life after the revolution to the present day.
Natural Museum opened its doors in 1891 and this museum displays the city’s zoological collection, owned by the city’s university. It has specimens from around the world varying from preserved animals, eggs and skeletons. The museum has a collection of over 18,000 birds, 1,000,000 insects, 2,500 fish and 1,000 reptiles.
Within striking distance of Strasbourg the traveler can head to Paris or approximately the same distance away in the south Lyon. Whatever you wish to do with your trip to this stunning city, using a hire car Strasbourg through HAPPYCAR frees you of the restraints you would normally have to endure, such as public transport. A Strasbourg car rental gives you the freedom to escape the city and explore the wonderful region of Alsace on your own watch. We compare the prices of international providers to find you the best deal for a rental car that fits your specific vacation needs.