Capital of Alsace, France, Strasbourg is mostly known for hosting european institutions. However, it is also a very nice place to visit, especially for its old town. The city itself is one of the 9 biggest cities in France, gathering about 450,000 people, counting the surroundings. Part of the connurbation is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, in Kehl, Germany.
Strasbourg is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights and it is one of the seats of the European Parliament.
Entzheim's airport is located south-west of the city, with domestic as well as international flights (but not so much as a real european capital should have...). There are several flights a day to and from Paris.
Buses takes travellers to the southern central point of the urban transports of the city, which is connected to the tramway (direct line to the town center). A " tram-train " line is planned to open in 2008 running directly from the airport to the town center.
The train station is located in the western town center, connected with the tramway, with buses and many taxis waiting outside (to the left of the front of the station).
You can reach Strasbourg by many highways :
Eurolines provide bus service to the city.
It is possible to rent bikes :
40 kilometers of tramway lines run through the city.
The tourism office propose many pedestrian historical visits through the town (Middle Age, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary) and bike visits through the faubourgs (Neudorf ans Neuhof).
The Christmas market. Many places, but the most important and beautyful are place Broglie and place de la cathédrale, however with a lot of crowd... The best place to drink hot wine (vin chaud) and to eat Christmas cookies (Brédalas).
There are many hotels around the station, especially at the place de la Gare and in the rue du Maire Kuss. Most of Strasbourg hotels are fully booked during the Christmas Market period (december) and the EU parliament sessions.
Local cellphone service is mainly provided by Orange, SFR and Bouygues Télécoms.
There are many cyber-cafés on the quai des Pêcheurs, that stay open fairly late (B-line tramway, Gallia station).