Cultural capital of Alsace and only a few kilometers from the Rhine, Strasbourg has changed hands a number of times. It is now in France and is home to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and a student population of over 50,000.
We awoke to rain, so decided to visit some of the local museums. Three are located in the Place Rohan, named for the former archbishop/prince of the city. We arrived to find that the Archbishop's Palace was (unsurprisingly) adjacent to the glorious, lacy, pink sandstone Cathedral of Notre Dame dating from 1284. Dove inside for a quick look, then braved the rain to the palace for a wander through the Archeological Museum (displays from Neolithic to WWI) and the Decorative Arts Museum (basically some of the Archbishop's rooms, restored) and decided to skip the Beaux-Arts Museum in favor of lunch. The palace was visited by assorted kings and even Marie Antoinette on her way to marry Louis. Napoleon, of course, used it as headquarters for several campaigns.
That accomplished, we took a ride on the Batorama for a cruise on the canals of the city. Unfortunately the boat was covered in a curved, glass dome which made photography nearly impossible due to endless reflections.
Approach to cathedral
Lacy stonework and rose window
From the inside
Ornate work on pulpit
Nave and altar
Archbishop Rohan's Palace
Fancy, ceramic, wood stove/heater
Archbishop's library and Napoleon's map room
House in Old Town