DURING the fifth and last mobility of the Erasmus Plus “English through Entrepreneurship” project, taking place in Strasbourg between 12th and 16th March, we have been the participants to a self-guided two-day tour. The tour’s main idea was to familiarize with the city, known as “the heart of Europe” and the history of the important monuments found in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
On Monday, the first day of the tour, we visited beautiful and important monuments. Just as beautiful as their architecture was their history, taking us back to their respective times.
The Palace of the Rhine, which is a monument to the best of 19th century Prussian architecture and one of Alsace’s best preserved examples of the German Neo-Classical style.
The National Theatre of Strasbourg is a palace building on Strasbourg’s Place de la République, now occupied by a theatre company bearing the same name, the National Theatre of Strasbourg..
The National and University library has a very interesting story, and it all begun after the destruction of the municipal library and the city’s archives by Prussian artillery during the Siege of Strasbourg, the German Empire founded a new library on 19 June 1872. The present-day building, which is a work of architects August Hartel and Skjold Neckelmann, was opened in 1895.
The Strasbourg Opera House is the first opera house opened in Strasbourg and it was built in a converted granary in 1701. After a fire and temporary locations, a new Théâtre municipal opened in the Place Broglie in 1821.
On Thursday, our adventure continued with more wonderful monuments. Together with them came the pleasure of learning the story behind each one of them.
The first monument we saw was right in front of our hotel, the Monument of General Kleber, in Place Kleber, the largest square at the center of the city, right in the commercial area. It was named after General Jean-Baptiste Kleber, born in Strasbourg in 1753.
Afterwards, we visited the Strasbourg Cathedral, also known as “The Notre-Damme of Strasbourg”, widely known for its uniqueness and for being the tallest building in the world between 1647 and 1874.
Close to the Cathedral, you can find the Rohan Palace, the former residence of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan.
Last but not least, we also had the chance to take a look at the beautiful half-timbered Kammerzell House. Even though it bears the name Kammerzell because of its owner in the 19th century, the appearance it has is due to Martin Braun, a cheese merchant who bought it in 1571.
I think we can all agree that we had a great time visiting this marvelous city. Although we didn’t have the necessary time to visit the entire city, I definitely think it lives up to its reputation.