Close to the border with Germany, seat of the European Parliament, capital of Christmas, Alsace and the Far East, Strasbourg boasts a culture and architecture that combines Latin and Germanic influences. Emblematic of the city, the sumptuous Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, with a decoration carved like a lace structure, offers daily entertainment around its astronomical clock. Climbing halfway up its 140 m high bell tower, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Rhine and one of the most beautiful European cities. Strasbourg, 2,000 years of history, has seen its entire city centre classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. People come here to discover its history and heritage, and to enjoy its art of living and gastronomy. Nurtured by age-old traditions, Strasbourg cuisine is constantly being renewed under the influence of inspired and audacious chefs. Meanwhile, the popular and traditional winstubs, friendly taverns that serve as generous sauerkraut, baeckeoffes and flambé pies sprinkled with draught beer. From Strasbourg, you can also visit the Alsatian vineyards, the mountains and lakes, charming towns and villages on either side of the Rhine, enjoying a wide variety of landscapes.