Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Cathedral), Strasbourg

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Cathedral), Strasbourg (must see)

Until 1874 the Strasbourg Cathedral was the world's tallest building; today it is the 6th tallest church and its tower dominates the Strasbourg skyline.

Described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel", and by Goethe as a "sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God", the cathedral is visible far across the plains of Alsace and can be seen from as far off as the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine. Sandstone from Vosges, used in construction, gives the cathedral its characteristic pink hue.

The building took many centuries to finish and has three distinctive styles. Its crypt, dating back to 1015, has been expanded over the centuries. The North Tower, built in 1439, stands 142 meters high and on a clear day you can see for over 30km from its observation deck. The Lawrence Portal in the North Transept was finished in 1505 in a markedly post-Gothic, early-Renaissance style.

Most of the statues in the cathedral are copies of the originals kept at the Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum. The stunning Astronomical Clock, built in 1843 to replace an earlier clock, is 18 meters high and is one of the largest in the world.

The clock show, including a 30-minute movie presentation with English subtitles, is at 12:30 pm in the summer, but you must be there at around 11:30 am to book your entry at the back door of the Cathedral, since the places are limited. Climbing up the tower is not difficult, as long as you can manage 330 steps - and it's worth the effort!

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Cathedral) on Map

Sight Name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Cathedral)
Sight Location: Strasbourg, France (See walking tours in Strasbourg)
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Strasbourg, France

Create Your Own Walk in Strasbourg

Create Your Own Walk in Strasbourg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Strasbourg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Strasbourg Introduction Walking Tour

Strasbourg Introduction Walking Tour

The capital of France's Grand Est region, formerly known as Alsace, Strasbourg is often referred to as the "crossroads of Europe". Indeed, the city's name, emerged after the 5th century AD, is the German for 'town (at the crossing) of roads'. Adding truth to it today also is the European Parliament that has been seated at Strasbourg since 1949.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Historical Churches Walking Tour

Historical Churches Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Famous Squares Walking Tour

Famous Squares Walking Tour

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Place Kléber – the biggest square in the heart of the city’s commercial district; a central meeting place since the 14th century.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles