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As the capital of Bas-Rhin department in the Alsace region of eastern France, Strasbourg is just 2.5 miles (4 km) west of the Rhine River on the Franco-German frontier. As it is right on the Franco-German border, Strasbourg’s history is based largely around being passed back and forward between the two countries for years. The result is a city and people with a distinctive local identity, which combines German efficiency and energy with the lively nature and sophistication of the French. Strasbourg has a truly independent cultural feel. With its own opera, France’s only national theatre outside Paris, and two international music festivals, it relies on its own strengths when it comes to the arts.
Strasbourg’s economic situation relies on food processing, mechanical and electrical engineering, and the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, electronics, and plastics. There is also a large automobile assembly plant in the city’s industrial port zone. The port itself is one of the largest on the Rhine and handles shipments of petroleum, agricultural products, and building materials. Strasbourg is home to branches of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the Eurocorps, and the Franco-German TV network Arte. The area offers a mix of old and new office space to serve other corporations and institutions.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Strasbourg’s great landmark is the Cathedral Notre-Dame in the Vieille Ville (Old Town). This cathedral, and its French gothic architecture, has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Around the Cathedral there is an impressive array of museums, cafés, and restaurants. Good restaurants and places to eat in Strasbourg are plentiful. Take your pick from Asian and Eastern eateries, traditional Alsatian, haute cuisine or simple burgers and pizzas. One, Au Crocodile, has already been awarded two Michelin stars. This restaurant can be found near to the cathedral and offers superb food, a long and well-chosen wine list, attentive service and a calming atmosphere.
Strasbourg International Airport is situated 10km (6 miles) south west of Strasbourg. Typical flight times from London - 1 hour 30 minutes, New York - 8 hours, Los Angeles - 11 hours, Toronto - 8 hours 15 minutes, and Sydney - 23 hours 50 minutes. Strasbourg is on the central European motorway network, directly connected to Paris by the A4 motorway to the west, linked to Munich via Stuttgart on the A8 Autobahn to the east and the A5 north to Frankfurt. The French national railway operates frequent direct high-speed trains to Strasbourg from Paris Gare de l’Est and Lille Europe. The high-speed TGV-Est runs from Paris Est to Strasbourg in 2 hours 20 minutes. The best journey time from London (Eurostar to Paris and TGV-Est to Strasbourg) is typically around 5 hours.