Prosperous and cosmopolitan, Strasbourg (City of the Roads) is France’s great northeastern metropolis and the intellectual and cultural capital of Alsace. Situated only a few kilometres west of the Rhine, the city is aptly named, for it is on the vital transport arteries that have linked northern Europe with the Mediterranean since Celtic times.
Strasbourg today continues to serve as an important European crossroads thanks to the presence of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the Eurocorps and a student population of some 48.000, of which 20% from outside France. Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities.
Read more about Strasbourg on the Lonely Planet Guide