Petite France, Strasbourg

Petite France, Strasbourg (must see)

Petite France is an area on the Grand Île, called the Venice of the North because of its narrow streets and canals. It is a delightful area to visit as it takes you back to Medieval Strasbourg.

In the Middle Ages the beautiful half-timbered houses were the homes of fishermen, millers and tanners, and indeed many of the streets bear the names of the crafts carried out: Millers Street, Tanners Ditch and Lace Street, for example. The houses have the traditional tiered sloping roofs and hides were once hung up to dry on the topmost rafters.

In the late 15th century a hospice was built on the island for small-pox victims and later for French soldiers suffering from syphilis – which the German’s called the “French Disease” to stop the local girls from sleeping with the soldiers! Just an aside: at the same epoch the French called it the “Italian Disease”. The area became known as “Little France”, more out of derision than patriotism. The name stuck and today it is one of the most expensive quarters of the city.

Just to the west of Petite France, you can visit the Barrage Vauban – a weir that crosses the River Ill. It was built in 1686 by Jacques Tarade from the plans by Marquis Vauban. The weir has two storeys with wonderful sculptures on the main level, as well as a roof terrace where you can take superb photos of Petite France.

Why You Should Visit:
The most romantic neighborhood in Strasburg by far, especially at nightfall...
There are also plenty of shops and places to try authentic French dishes.
Places are open late and buildings are lit up after dark.

Tip:
Walk around here early in the morning if you wish to get photos without thousands of tourists in your shots.
If you have issues walking on cobblestones, you can also take the boat or a little touristic train that goes around the Petit France.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Petite France on Map

Sight Name: Petite France
Sight Location: Strasbourg, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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