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Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour (Self Guided), Strasbourg

Strasbourg holds the reputation for being one of the most beautiful cities in all of France. Visitors of this city should spend some time walking through some of the famous squares in the area to appreciate all Strasbourg has to offer. Check out some of the top tourist sights in the following walking tour:
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Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Strasbourg (See other walking tours in Strasbourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Place Kléber
  • Rue des Grandes Arcades
  • Place Gutenberg
  • Rue Mercière
  • Place de la Cathédrale
  • Rue du Maroquin
  • Place Saint Etienne
  • Place de la République
  • Place de l'Universite
Place Kléber

1) Place Kléber

It is well worth taking time to visit the Place Kleber which is the biggest square in the heart of the city’s commercial district. The square has been a central meeting place since it was laid out in the 14th century and it took its name in 1840 after the General Jean Baptiste Kleber, whose statue stands in the center of the square. The statue was erected in 1838 by Philippe Grass. The general’s remains are in a vault under the statue. The general served in Napoleon’s army during the campaign in Egypt in 1798 and 1799. When Napoleon returned to Paris, he named the general Commander of the French Forces. Kleber was assassinated in 1800 in Cairo. His body was repatriated and kept in the Chateau d’If off the Marseille coast until being interred in his native Strasbourg thirty years later. An interesting building along the north side of the square is the Aubette, built in 1772 by Jacque-François Blondel. Once a military post, it was given its name in the 19th century, from the dawn (aube) changing of the guard. In 1928 the artists Jean Arp, Theo van Doesburg and Sophie Taeuber-Arp decorated the dance hall; this work of art is called the “Sistine Chapel of Abstract Art” The Aubette today is a leisure center that often holds art exhibitions. One part of the building has been a shopping mall since 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue des Grandes Arcades

2) Rue des Grandes Arcades

Rue des Grandes Arcades is the largest shopping street in Strasbourg. It is home to a great selection of stores on the both sides and is always crowded with tourists and locals looking to find a great deal.
Place Gutenberg

3) Place Gutenberg (must see)

One destination that should be on your “must-see” list is the Place Gutenberg which lies in the center of medieval Strasbourg, not far from the Cathedral.

This large square is a favorite for locals and tourists alike as it has a lot of excellent cafes and restaurants. The Chamber of Commerce building occupies one side of the square and is easily recognizable with its Renaissance style, but with the sloping roof that is typical of Alsace, where winter snow is a way of life.

There is a 16th-century hotel on the square where Arthur Young was staying when revolutionists destroyed the city’s magistrates records and where today art exhibitions are held on the ground floor. Another attraction is the flea markets that often set up around the statue in the center of the square.

The statue is, quite obviously, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg; it was sculpted by David d’Angers in 1840 and features the famous printer holding a piece of parchment on which is inscribed the words “Et la lumière fut” (And behold, there was light) from the Book of Genesis. Around the base of the statue, bas reliefs depict notable scenes from Gutenberg’s life.

Not many people know that apart from being the inventor of the first mechanical, movable printing press in Europe in 1439 and the publisher of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455, Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg between 1434-44, where he was an apprentice goldsmith, set to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue Mercière

4) Rue Mercière (must see)

Rue Mercière is probably the most popular medieval street in Strasbourg. It leads you to Cathedral Square and offers a breathtaking view of the West facade of the building. After the visit of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1805, the cobbled street was expanded and many of the pre-existing homes were destroyed; however, it is still lined with many buildings constructed hundreds of years ago.
Place de la Cathédrale

5) Place de la Cathédrale (must see)

Place de la Cathédrale in Strasbourg is surrounded by a variety of buildings of different architectural styles. This square hosts one of the Christmas markets in December and some beautiful light illuminations in summer. Warning! It is also the meeting place of all the winds of Strasbourg – and if that's rather nice in the warm season, you might get a taste of Siberia during winter!
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue du Maroquin

6) Rue du Maroquin

Rue du Maroquin is the street the Imperial Processions once used to get to the Cathedral. Presently, the street is filled with many work-shops that specialize in the processing and sale of leather and leather products.
Place Saint Etienne

7) Place Saint Etienne

Place Saint Etienne is a notable medieval square. This quiet area of old Strasbourg was founded in the 13th century. Once used as the place where sessions of the Assembly of Nobles were held, it is now the popular meeting-place of Catholic students.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place de la République

8) Place de la République (must see)

Place de la République is located in is located in the very heart of Strasbourg's "German quarter". The square is on the border between the historic city and the new one. It is surrounded on three sides by five buildings only, of which none is residential: the Parliament of Alsace-Lorraine (now the National Theater of Strasbourg), the Palace of the Emperor (now the Palais du Rhin) mixing different architectural styles (Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Classical), the National and University Library, the Préfecture of Grand Est and Bas-Rhin, and the tax center Hôtel des impôts. All of these buildings are classified as "monuments historiques".

Why You Should Visit:
To see one, if not the only, remaining example of fabulous German architecture in the world since all the stunning examples in Germany were destroyed in WWII.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place de l'Universite

9) Place de l'Universite

Place de l'Universite lies in front of Strasbourg University, the largest University in France, with more than 43,000 students. Goethe's Monument, which stands in this square, was constructed in memory of the years that Germany's "greatest man of letters" spent in Strasbourg.

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