We’ll set out for a guided tour of Strasbourg and its historical city center. We’ll begin in the Petite France quarter to admire its famous canals and half-timbered houses. This area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. Our tour will continue with a visit to the cathedral, a true Gothic masterpiece. The structure you see today took over 400 years to build. The famous west front is decorated with thousands of figures, and its spire measures over 466 feet. The cathedral is built out of red sandstone from the nearby Vosges Mountains, which gives it its characteristic pink hue that changes according to the sunlight and the color of the sky. It is one of the very few Gothic churches having only one tower. The stained glass windows date back to the 12th and 14th centuries. The magnificent astronomical clock, built in 1842, is an invention put together by various artists, mathematicians and technicians.
We’ll finish up our tour with a visit to the Musée de l’Œuvre Notre Dame (closed on Mondays). Situated next to the cathedral, the museum exhibits one of the finest collections of medieval art in France, if not in the whole of Europe. From one of the oldest known stained glass windows (known as the Wissembourg Christ’s Head) to artwork by Sébastien Stoskopff, this museum shows the vibrancy of medieval Strasbourg.
We’ll return to our ship in Strasbourg in the late afternoon.
Duration : approx. 4:00
- Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.
- These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
- The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.
- If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).