Sitting in the heart of the long-fought over and beautiful Alsace region, Strasbourg is unlike any other major town in France. It hosts around 20 trade fairs a year, is the second home of the EU, and sits right in between France and Germany, two of the Eurozone's biggest economies.
What is there to see near my hotel in Strasbourg?
The city’s unique history becomes clear as you stroll through the streets. One moment, you’re in Petite France, a picturesque and charming microcosm of old houses and restaurants. Next, you're in the German imperial district, with towering buildings built after the war of 1871. Canals and timbered houses give the city a feel of a large, quaint village. The city's position between Germany and France also means that Strasbourg has become an excellent place for business to thrive.
Why is Strasbourg so great for business?
Right off the bat you have the European Union complex where you can find the European Council, the European Parliament (for one month of the year) and the European Court of Human Rights. Some call the city the 'capital of Europe' because of this. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of hotels in Strasbourg catering to business travellers. There are also large expo centres like Wacken Exposition Park, the Palais de la Musique et des Congres, and the Novotel Hotel Central Hall. These three collectively hold around twenty fairs a year, ranging from international tourism and contemporary art, to sustainable construction and new technologies.
What is there to do from my Strasbourg hotel?
If you’re looking for historical and cultural enrichment, the museums of Alsace and Strasbourg provide an intriguing insight into the story of the region. The huge Strasbourg Cathedral marks the geographical centre, and is consistently voted the number one tourist attraction by visitors to the city. For walking and people-watching head to the parc de l'Orangerie, a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Regional cuisine is defined by its pork, wine and beer. Traditional restaurants like A l’Ancienne Douane next to the cathedral, and Au Petit Bois Vert on the Quai de la Bruche, are the kinds of restaurant where you can find classic regional dishes like Baeckeoffe and Choucroute. Alternatively, the famous Au Brasseur provides a more affordable combination of food and beer, bringing in a very lively crowd on weekends.