On the edge of the French/German border stands Strasbourg, is a historical flip-flopper and France’s hidden gem. During my visit in June, I had the opportunity to take a Segway tour of this town and experience some of Strasbourg’s highlights.
The neighborhood of Petit France has all the charm of Paris on a smaller scale. The half-timbered buildings along the river will whisk you back in time, and the plethora of shopping a few blocks over will deposit you back in the present.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg
The sixth tallest church in the world stands as the centerpiece of Strasbourg. The gothic architecture was described by writer Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”, though you may find yourself speechless.
Built to impress Napoleon’s wife Josephine, Orangerie Park is a serene spot in northeastern Strasbourg. More likely than not you’ll spot a stork as you stroll through the park since there is a stork sanctuary at the small zoo in the center of the park. Stop in for a bite at the park’s restaurant or canoe along the lake if animals aren’t your thing.
Of course, this is not all Strasbourg has to offer. There are museums, political sights, and religious sights that will have you wanting to return to Strasbourg as soon as you leave.