Trip to Strasbourg, France

Information about Strasbourg:

Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace région of northeastern France, with approximately 650,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area in 1999. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the préfecture (capital) of the Bas-Rhin département.

The city’s Germanic name means “town (at the crossing) of roads”. Stras- is cognate to the English street from the German equivalent of the word, Straße, while -bourg from the German -burg (“fortress, town”) is cognate to the English borough.

Strasbourg is an important centre of manufacturing and engineering, as well as of road, rail and river communications.

Strasbourg is the seat of the Council of Europe, of the European Court of Human Rights and of the European Parliament, though the latter also holds sessions in Brussels.

Read more about the place here.

The journey:

Team: Dogan Vardar, Kayin Pinar Burcu and myself.

I had met Burcu in the Bosch shuttle bus. All of us being new to Germany wanted to travel different place. We decided to goto Strasbourg, France. I had heard a lot about the place from my other colleagues.

Reached Strasbourg…

Strasbourg is not too far from Stuttgart. Its about 2 hours by train from here. We decided to go on a Saturday. Unfortunately the weather was bad in Strasbourg that day. Nevertheless the place is very beautiful. We left Stuttgart at 9:11 AM and reached Strasbourg at 11:02AM.

It was very cold and also raining 🙁 But the weather didn’t bother us too much as the city is very beautiful.

We head straight to the information center, get a city map and head out!

Church…

We enter the main city and see a small church. Entered it… it was very beautiful inside.

I haven’t been to many Churches before. It was a very nice experience for me to see the architecture of the place. The church was too silent, i was feeling a little weird to click snaps as my camara’s clicking was loud. 🙂

Strasbourg Cathedral

From there we visited the Strasbourg Cathedral. It is a beautiful sight! 🙂 We search for some souvenirs and continue to roam around in the city.

City…

This city reminded me a lot of San Francisco, California. may be because of the houses and the apartments. Of-course Strasbourg had more history and architectural buildings.

As the day goes on… it gets dark by 5:00PM. The city looks even beautiful at night. I was happy to click some nice night photos.

Night…

May be because of rains, we did not see a lot of crowd in the day time. But at night we started seeing a lot of people.

For me being in France for the first time I didn’t know what to expect. But Strasbourg is not what I had in mind. It gives a complete different picture, may be because it has both the German and the french influence.

We head back home at 18:27. Reached back VIP Patio Builders Brisbane hotel at 21:30.

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