Picture Perfect in Strasbourg, France

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

There are few places like this in the word. Places that remain untouched, perfectly preserved, very postcard-ish. Well, Strasbourg is one of these places, and I was lucky enough to visit during my Alsace roadtrip.

Most of the buildings in the Petite France neighborhood date as far back as the 15th century, making for a pretty impressive night by day or by night. After enjoying delicious local flavors like flamkuche and riesling, I decided to walk around some more with my trusty tripod to capture the beautiful atmosphere of a Saturday night in Alsace.

 

Did anyone say picture perfect? It’s like walking into a fairytale. Half-timbered houses, crooked buildings and dimly lit street - and not in the creepy way - make for a perfect post-meal exploratory, romantic stroll.

Although it might be worth noting that the area has nothing romantic about it except today’s atmosphere - before it was a quarantine island, Petite-France was home to dozens of slaughterhouses and tanning-houses back in the Middle Ages.

Why exactly is this place called Petite-France, you ask?

Alsace has been the subject of dispute between France and Germany for centuries, and while it was under German ruling in the 15th century, it was dubbed the “Small France” because it was home to a syphilitic hospice, which was then called the “French disease”, or Franzosenkrankheit. 

Not as cute as your imagined, right?

 

 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, the Petite-France is a must-do when in western France and doesn’t disappoint, despite a rather dark past. But don’t let the appearances fool you - the neighborhood was almost completely destroyed during World War II and pretty much everything you see today is a reconstruction, albeit a very authentic and successful one.

Have you visited Strasbourg or other cities in Alsace? Did you ever get the feeling of standing in a postcard?

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3 Responses to “Picture Perfect in Strasbourg, France”

  1. Katherina

    29. Aug, 2011

    Another great place I’m hoping to visit some day soon!! I’ve only heard nice things about it… So many people can’t be wrong!

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  2. Brenna

    29. Aug, 2011

    I love the wine Gewurztraminer - I always drank lots of that in Strasbourg. Beautiful pictures!

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  3. Joe

    30. Aug, 2011

    Hi,

    I’ve just come across your blog. Loved reading some of your older London / UK posts!

    Strasbourg is fab! An a summer night is the best time to see it. It’s just a great place to sit, have a wine or coffee, people watch and soak up the atmosphere.

    Keep up the good work on your blog, I’m really enjoying.

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