Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, Strasbourg

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Nestled amidst an array of charming medieval houses, the Romanesque architecture of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, a masterpiece of Erwin von Steinbach, is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high or late Gothic Architecture in Europe. Standing at 142 m (466 ft), it was the world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874, only to be surppassed by St. Nikolai's Church in Hamburg. Today, it is among the tallest churches in the world and is still the highest still-standing struture built entirely during the Middle Ages. The cathedral was described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel" and by Goethe as a "sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God". Visible from across the plains of Alsace, the Cathedral can also be seen from the Vosges Mountains and from the Black Forest across the Rhine. While you're here, don't forget to take note of the exquisite astrological clock built by Schwilgue of Strasbourg in 1842. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Strasbourg Edition.
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  • As with many cathedrals in Europe this is an absolutely spectacular building from the outside. Exquisite details. Spend the time admiring the cathedral from the outside. Worth going in but if crowds a...  more »
  • After seeing Notre Dame in Paris and Westminster Abbey in London, I was struck at firts when I see this gigantic structure. Especially when you see it from the front and see the jawdropping view. Unfo...  more »
  • Pink stone are the spires of this magnificent cathedral in the Centre of Strasbourg. Fast, free entrance, did not granted because in many European cities you pay for the visit. Beautiful interior, stained glass and do not miss the impressive how amazing astronomical clock.
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  • Very nice cathedral. We didn't go up because it was a gorgeous day and the line was huge, but we went in and had a walk around. We also sat outside people watching. Around the cathedral there are lots and lots of restaurants, but they seemed expensive, if you walk towards the river, you can find other places. Also, lots of souvenir shops with really cute stuff.
  • A lovely Cathedral. Amazingly intricate on the outside. The Cathedral shuts at 11.15am - 2pm, so make sure you go in before it closes if you don't want to hang about. Free entry to Cathedral (left hand side as you look at it) but if you want to go up the tower it is 5E for Adults and less for children (around right hand side corner as you look at it). If you suffer from vertigo you may have a hard time of it (like I did) as some of the walls of the spiral staircase are open so you can get the view. Many steeps up and it seems never ending, but a view over Strasbourg and mountains in the distance. It is open until quite late (depending on season). You may be able to catch the sunset if you go later. Astronomical clock is inside the Cathedral in the back right hand corner - you can get a ticket for E2.50 to see it in action at 12.30 should you wish.
  • Nothing had prepared me before too be awestrucked by this majestic giant cathedral. No photo cab justify the scale. You gotta see it with your own eyes. Bring some deep heat for your neck
  • Great views from the top which you can climb up the stairs for around 5 euros. Beautiful and detailed architecture. Lots of food options in the area so you can get some ice cream and enjoy the view of the cathedral!
  • A fantastic building - every detail has been thought of from the sculptures up high on the bell tower/spire to the the ones closer to the ground for example the gargoyle drain pipe. Paying the 5€ to walk to the top is definitely worth it for a great panoramic view of Strasbourg.

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Where to stay in Strasbourg

La Petite France is by far the choice district for a bed and breakfast. For a longer stay, consider the Grand Île district, just north of La Petite France, where all the major architectural sites and museums are located.
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