What could be better than enjoying a cup of delicious coffee with a croissant in one of Strasbourg's charming cafes?
Strasbourg's Noty-Dame Cathedral, a true Gothic6 pearl, was built from pink Vosgian sandstone between 1176 and 1439. As was often the case with temples built over several centuries, only one tower lacked religious inspiration, money and time. The tower was completed in 1439 by Cologne architect Johannes Hultz. The openworked spire at a height of 142 m is crowned with a double cross. The famous sculpture of the double portals of the southern transept, including two female figures (the Church and the Synagogue), symbolizing the triumph of Christianity and the retreat of Judaism, has survived from the previous Romanesque building. Special attention should be paid to the so-called columns of Angels with an unusual image of the Last Judgment and astronomical clock of the XVI century. Every day at 12:30 p.m. the figures move, and the apostles move in succession before Christ. Here, as elsewhere in France, many figures suffered during the revolution. Some have been replaced by copies, and the originals are kept next to each other, in the Cathedral Museum, which also houses works of art from other Alsace temples.
Little France, a former quartol of tanners and tanners on the banks of the Ile River, looks particularly romantic in the evenings.
Try the specialities of Alsace cuisine: onion pie, veal stew and sauerkraut.
Many villages of Alsace vintners are protected by powerful fortifications, but the Upper Kenningburg Castle near the town of Celeste looks especially impressive. The fortress, which once belonged to the Staufen dynasty, was rebuilt in the early 20th century by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The grandiose medieval building became a popular destination for country walks.
Near the town of Celeste there are two beautiful villages with timber houses: Riboville with its picturesque market square and Rikvir, reminiscent of a museum.
Dinner is offered in one of the French restaurants in Colmar. This city is called the little Venice - for the canals, which are not in a hurry to sail boats, driven by real gondoliers.