Discover the crossroads of Europe
One of the most intriguing cities, known as "the crossroads of Europe," is Strasbourg, France. It is the capital of France's Alsace region and nuzzles the border of Germany, exuding an old world charm mingled with notes of modern global interdependence. Serving as one of the capitals of the European Union and the seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg provides the discerning traveler with cultural and culinary diversity to delight all the senses.
Laid back luxury and understated elegance are the hallmarks of this captivating city. The Hotel Regent displays a luscious refinement through its attention to detail. The simple splendor of the exterior, nestled along the waterways of the Petite France area, extends a welcome to modern first class amenities, from spa services and a champagne bar to top notch cuisine served in its restaurant and room service.
The historic city center Grande Ile (Grand Island) is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. You can explore the city by wandering through the streets and visiting such well-known attractions as the Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Palais Rohan or by taking one of the many boats that meander through the waterways around the Old Town. Either way, the charm of the city and its multicultural sensibility will enchant you as you discover the bridges, shops, medieval watchtowers, museums and city sights.
When you are hungry, you can find a snack of roasted chestnuts or pastry at one of the stands and shops that are ready to serve you. For some traditional fare, two of the most well-known Alsatian specialties are the Choucroute (sauerkraut often served garnished with potatoes and hearty meats such as sausages, pork, and charcuterie) and Baekeoffe (meaning "baker's oven," a rich meat stew combining beef, mutton and pork with potatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables marinated in white wine and herbs). These hearty dishes can be easily shared among diners and are often accompanied by delicious beer bread or dark rye and wine or beer from the Alsace region.
Strasbourg, the crossroads of Europe, offers the rich cultural influences of France and Germany in a picturesque setting that is just as modern as it is historic.