Those interested in learning more about French culture should certainly consider taking a Europe river cruise that includes Strasbourg. Located along the legendary Rhine River, this tiny town is best known for its unique German-French culture and half-timbered architecture. While the most appealing attraction is the city’s Old Town, Strasbourg is filled with iconic churches, quaint neighborhoods, and high-end shops. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about arranging public transportation, as the city is easily navigable by foot or bike!
Many cruise lines include Strasbourg as a port of call, and there are even a few cruise lines that offer cruises departing from Strasbourg. French-based river cruise line CroisiEurope features a bunch of Western Europe itineraries, including Strasbourg, on several of their ships. If you’re looking for a luxury cruise from Strasbourg, Uniworld River Cruise offers a smaller selection of cruises leaving from Strasbourg. Depending on which cruise line you book with, cruises range in length from 2- to 12-nights. A great time to visit Strasbourg, for the nicest weather, is between May and October.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Strasbourg, along with a brief description:
♦ Strasbourg Cathedral
The most popular draw of Strasbourg is none other than the Strasbourg Cathedral. This majestic Catholic church showcases beautiful Romanesque architecture, with a few Gothic-style accents. It remains the world’s sixth-tallest church and the tallest structure to be constructed during the Middle Ages. While touring the inside, you can admire sculptures, artwork, tapestries, and a very peaceful ambiance. The façade also features a large functioning astronomical clock! For a small fee, you may also visit the top of the cathedral, where you will be rewarded with some of the most incredible views around!
♦ Place Kleber
Another exciting must-visit area is Place Kleber, Strasbourg’s main city square (and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will discover many exciting things in and around Place Kleber, including a statue of general Jean-Baptiste Kleber, and a tomb containing his remains. There are a few nice cafes and bars in the area, where you can indulge in some local food and drink. During Christmas, this square becomes very festive with a huge Christmas tree, market and ice-skating rink. You might run into some local entertainment during your visit.
♦ The Orangerie Park
The Orangerie Park (or Parc de I’Orangerie), is a wonderful way to appreciate Strasbourg from a nature perspective. Not only is this park the oldest in town, but it is also filled with many incredible attractions! For example, there is a children’s playground, petting zoo, classic car circuit, walking paths, a huge beautiful lake (perfect for some romantic boating), waterfall, a pavilion, bowling alley, and even its own gourmet restaurant. Events and exhibitions are occasionally held under the pavilion, and you might even be able to see a real Stork in the zoo!
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