European Quarter Walking Tour (Self Guided), Strasbourg

Strasbourg is considered to be the cradle of Europe. This city is located between France and Germany and has made room for many European institutions. Go and discover sights like the Palace of Europe, the European Parliament, the Arte Headquarters, etc. Take this walking tour to learn more about the city of Strasbourg.
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European Quarter Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: European Quarter Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Strasbourg (See other walking tours in Strasbourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: ray
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The European Youth Center
  • European Parliament
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Pharmacopoeia
  • Palace of Europe
  • Statue of Pierre Pfilmlin - The Orangerie Park
  • Arte Headquarters
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The European Youth Center

1) The European Youth Center

The European Youth Center stands on Rue Pierre de Coubertin and has its own parkland. It is part of the Council of Europe’s youth program.

It was created to encourage the youth of today to build a better future and to take a positive role in strengthening society, upholding human rights and developing social and cultural understanding.

It is there to help young people solve ordinary, everyday problems, such as finding a job or an apartment; it offers language and training courses, seminars and study sessions and meetings with experts in many fields.

It has meeting and conference rooms that offer interpretation, audiovisual end educative facilities. It has a cyber center and Internet connection by Wi-Fi all through the building. There is a restaurant and bedrooms with single, double and triple-place bedrooms for up to 90 guests.

To help the guests relax and unwind, there are games rooms with a modern music system, bicycles for hire and a sauna, as well as a terrace that affords a great view of the city.

The building is used by the European Council and outside organizations, such as associations and youth groups for meetings and seminars and is only open to other members of the public by appointment.
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European Parliament

2) European Parliament (must see)

The European Parliament is housed in the Louise Weiss Building in the Wacken district of Strasbourg, and you can book tickets to sit in the public gallery of this most important institution.

Louise Weiss was a Member of the European Parliament and the building that bears her name called so in her memory and inaugurated in 1999. It was designed by Architect Studio and is a huge building, covering 220,000 m2 of floor space, making it one of the biggest buildings in Europe.

The building comprises 18 assembly rooms, 1133 offices, and the famous Hemicycle (debating chamber) so reminiscent of a Roman amphitheater. The latter has 785 seats for the Members of the European Parliament, interpretation rooms in glass-fronted booths around the walls and the press and public galleries above.

The building’s tower is 60 meters high and is actually finished – the half-completed look with the open west side is done on purpose to represent the unfinished work of reuniting Europe. According to popular belief, the tower represents the painting of the Tower of Babel by Bruegel.

There is an inner courtyard named “Bronislaw Geremek Agora” after the Polish Member of the European Parliament who died not so long ago. A covered footbridge links the Parliament building with the Winston Churchill Building on the other side of the River Ill.

Tip:
Prior booking is not required; just head for the middle of the atrium of the building, entrance 2. Security checks etc. and bring your passport or other ID.

Plenary sessions:
Mon: 5−6pm; Tue, Wed: 9am−12pm / 3−6pm; Thu: 9am−12pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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European Court of Human Rights

3) European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights is recognized by 47 European countries, but it is not part of the European Union. It was established in 1959 as a Commission and became a full-time court in 1998 when the European Commission of Human Rights was abolished.

The court is housed in an ultra-modern building made of steel and glass and that uses natural light and ventilation in an effort to be planet friendly. The building is designed to be people friendly and inviting; from an aerial point of view it looks a little like a giant bug with two circular chambers like eyes on each side of the entrance hall, with myriad offices in the “tail” behind it.

It was designed by Sir Richard Rogers (London) and Claude Berger, a local architect. At its early stages the designs were enlarged to make a bigger building due to the fall of communism. The architects didn’t want the building to be a monument but rather a symbolic landmark and they certainly achieved their aim. There are four slabs from the Berlin Wall in front of the entrance.

The Court Room occupies one of the circular chambers that is 28000 square meters and has 342 seats all told. The Commission Room in the other chamber covers 520 square meters. There is a large Deliberating Room, a Projection Room, 420 offices and a cafeteria.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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European Pharmacopoeia

4) European Pharmacopoeia

A Pharmacopoeia is a reference work for prescribed drug specifications; the European Pharmacopoeia is housed in a building on the Allée Kastner and if you wish you can browse through the tomes that dictate the ingredients and compounds used in the authorized medications you take at any given time for any given pathology.

The Pharmacopoeia was created by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM), which is a part of the Council of Europe. The EDQM based the present Pharmacopoeia on the 1964 Convention for the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia.

The EDQM inspects and controls the quality of all medications – whether for human or animal use – before granting them a certificate and authorization to be released onto the public market. The several tomes of the Pharmacopoeia list all the active ingredients and organic compounds of all the antibiotics and vaccines your family doctor is permitted to prescribe for you.

The EDQM consists of 36 member countries, including Iceland, Switzerland and Turkey, plus the European Union. All of them are bound by law to comply with the standards in the Pharmacopoeia.

Observers from 20 non members of the EDQM, including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and organizations such as the World Health Organization take part in meetings held by the EDQM, and although they are not bound by the European Pharmacopoeia, they use these meetings to better the prescribed medication in their own countries and in the Third World.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palace of Europe

5) Palace of Europe

If you have visited several of Strasbourg’s magnificent ancient buildings before heading for the Palace of Europe, don’t get a fixed idea that it will look like something out of a German fairy tale or you’ll be rather shocked but its startling and somewhat aggressive modernity.

It looks more like a futuristic scientific building where strange experiments are carried out than a palace, but actually it has been the home of the Council of Europe since 1997.

After the Second World War the assemblies took place in one of the buildings in the University; in 1950 the Council moved to the House of Europe, which was pulled down in 1977 and became the lawns of the new building.

The palace is square and rather like a fortress, with its sloping walls of glass, sandstone and steel. In the central courtyard are two domed buildings, the larger one being the Assembly Chamber, the smaller one is the Debating Chamber.

The palace is 38 meters high and has a floor space of 64000 square meters, with 17 meeting rooms and 1000 offices for the Council’s secretariat. It also houses the office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The palace is used by the Committee of Members, the Congress of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It is open to the public only by official guided tours, which are very interesting and informative about the functions of the Council of Europe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of Pierre Pfilmlin - The Orangerie Park

6) Statue of Pierre Pfilmlin - The Orangerie Park

Statue of Pierre Pfilmlin is located in the Orangerie Park near the district where you find European Institutions. Pierre Pfilmlin was the Prime Minister of France and a President of the European Parliament. He is known as the leader who dedicated his life to defend the principle of a unified Europe.
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Arte Headquarters

7) Arte Headquarters

Arte Headquarters was founded in 1991 during the first phase of the creation of Franco-German projects by Mitterrand and Kohl. Arte is the first non-specialized cultural channel to be created by two countries in order to bring their two cultures together.

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