If you can’t decide between a coach holiday in traditional France or Bavarian Germany, then a break to Strasbourg offers the best of both cultures, having swapped hands on numerous occasions.
The heart of the city which sits on an island, Grande Ile, is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is dominated by a colossal pink sandstone Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which at 466 feet tall was the world’s tallest building between 1647 and 1874.
Marvel at its ornate west façade and beautiful stained glass window and watch out for the astronomical clock, where carved statues of Christ and his apostles make a daily midday appearance.
Scale the 332 steps to the top of the tower and you will be rewarded for your effort as the views are to die for. On a clear day you can see both the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains.
For a totally different view of the city, climb aboard a boat for a relaxing cruise along the canal.
More of the city’s history and culture can be uncovered at the Palais Rohan, an 18th Century French palace featuring three museums dedicated to fine arts, decorative arts and archaeology.
Other cultural highlights include Musée Alsacien which illustrates Alsace’s unique culture, and the Cave Histories des Hospices de Strasbourg, a 14th-century wine cellar which holds a barrel of the world’s oldest wine, preserved since 1472
Afterwards, explore the historic quarter of Petit France and unwind in one of the many winstubs, where you can enjoy the local specialities, including flammekueche (flambéed onion tart), baeckoffe (a stew of meat and potatoes simmered in white wine) and kougelhopf (sweet or savoury brioche cake), plus the local Alsace wine and beer.
Strasbourg is a charming coach holiday destination any time of year, but at Christmas it comes alive with one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Europe. The aromas of spicy gingerbread, warming gluwhein and sausages fill the air and yet another taste of Germany
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