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Planning a short break to Strasbourg? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Strasbourg. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Strasbourg. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Place de la Cathedrale. The cathedral of Strasbourg has stood on this large paved square since the Middle Ages. Its construction took nearly three centuries, from the oriental parts that were begun in 1176 to the spire finished in 1439.

The spire and the facade are the most remarkable parts of the cathedral. The main facade, which is made of pink sandstone, is of a great ornamental wealth.

The cathedral is open everyday from 09h00 - 18h00. Admission is free.

The park of the Orangerie

Located in front of the Palace of Europe. This is the biggest and oldest park in the Strasbourg. The park has many attractions, including a lake; a beautiful waterfall; a zoo and a farm where the storks grow and reproduce. Closeby, at the mini-farm, barnyard animals and house pets will be the joy of children. The park is open everyday from 10h00 - 18h00.

Musee Alsacien

23 quai St-Nicolas. The museum occupies three mansions that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Here you can learn everything there is to know about the folklore and customs of Alsace. The museum houses exhibitions that display arts; crafts; and tools of the old province. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.65 for adults; $1.80 for students; and free for children under 17.

Musee d'Art Moderne

1 place Jean-Hans Arp. The museum is situated in the centre of La Petite France, and is one of the best modern European art museums. Eventhough it is called the modern art mueum, it's collection dates back to 1870, with the different rooms in the museum tracing the history of modern art. The museum also has a graphic art and photography room; a library; a museum shop; and a restaurant. the museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $5.45 for adults; $3.65 for students and people 18 - 25; and free for children under 17.

Palais de Rohan

2 place du Chateau. This elegant palace was built between 1732 to 1742, and is one of the greatest design achievements in eastern Europe. The palace is most famous for its facades and rococo interior. It also houses the Musee des Beaux Arts; a decorative-arts museum; as well as collections of artifacts excavated from nearby digs. The palace is open Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.65 for adults; $1.80 for students; and children under 16 are free.

Le Regent Petite France

5 rue des Moulins. This is one of the best places to stay in Strasbourg, and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The hotel offers a range of facilities, including a restaurant; a bar; a fitness centre; a Jacuzzi; a sauna; room service; and laundry/dry cleaning services. The comfortable and spaces rooms have airconditioning; TV; minibar; hair dryer; a full bathroom; and views over the river.

For more information visit: www.regent-hotels.com

Maison Kammerzell

16 place de la Cathedrale. Maison is located on the wide plaza in front of the old cathedral in the center of Strasbourg's altstadt, and the building dates back to the Renaissance era. They serve various Alsatian dishes and wines, a speciality is la choucroute formidable, prepared with goose fat and Riesling wine. This is a great place to have an unforgettable dining experience, while watching the street performers and various other characters wandering around the area. The restaurant is open everyday from 12h00 - 14h30 and 19h00 - 23h00.

The Pourtales Park

Located in the northeast of Strasbourg. The Pourtales park surrounds the castle made famous by the Countess Melanie of Pourtales, who in the last century invited the whole European gotha. Numerous works of contemporary art are found all around the garden. This is a great place to relax and take a break from all the sightseeing. You can take a relaxing stroll through the park and admire the beauty of nature.

Arts et Collections d'Alsace

4 place du Marche aux Poissons. This is one of the most popular shops in town, and sells a range of copies of art objects and utilitarian ware from the past, many of which are found in museums. Here you'll find all sorts of homeware products made from pottery; stone; wrought iron; glass; copper; or carved wood. If you're looking to do some shopping while in Strasbourg, this is where to go.

Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame

3 place du Chateau. This is another one of the top museums in Strasbourg, and displays art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Strasbourg and the Alsace.

The main attraction of the museum is a stained-glass head of Christ dating back to the 11th century. The 13th century hall of the museum displays sculptures from the cathedral, which includes the wise and foolish virgins from 1280.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.65 for adults; $1.80 for children 5 - 17; and free for children under 4.

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