On the banks of the Rhine, a beautiful and historic city that is now the seat of the European Parliament
Strasbourg is beautifully situated for school trips offering combined French and German Studies as it straddles the border between both countries. It also has a rich and turbulent history with such a diversity of important points of interest that the entire town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The old quarter ‘La Petite France’ is on an island criss-crossed by narrow waterways. Exploring on foot or by boat you’ll discover half-timbered houses and twisting alleyways that appear straight out of Grimm’s fairytales. The mesmerising 13th century Cathedral of Notre Dame with its Astronomical Clock stands in a wide cobbled medieval square and is one of the world’s finest examples of late Gothic architecture.
The Château du Haut Koenigsbourg at Orschwiller is most impressive. We also recommend Schoenenbourg Fortress, part of France’s Maginot Line defences, and the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim where the white stork, symbol of Alsace, can be seen. Travel into the Black Forest and discover Triberg, home to Germany’s highest waterfalls and an area famed for traditional cuckoo clocks. Freiburg has an historic square with a colourful weekly market.
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