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Modern Architecture Walking Tour (Self Guided), Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the main city of the Alsace region in France, is modern and constantly developing. It is known the numerous European Institutions that it harbors and is famous all over Europe for its modern architecture. Here is a list of examples of Strasbourg's modern architecture that you should take into consideration in your walking tour.
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Guide Name: Modern Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Strasbourg (See other walking tours in Strasbourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • The National School of Administration
  • Train Station
  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Palais Des Fetes
  • Palais de la Musique et des Congres
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Palace of Europe
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

1) Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (must see)

You will find the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art on the left bank of the River Ill and you shouldn’t miss visiting it as it is one of the largest of its kind in France.

The museum was founded in 1973 and it moved into the new building, designed by Adrien Fainsilber, in 1998. The museum complex also houses the art library of the municipal museums and an auditorium for concerts, conferences and films.

The museum displays Western European paintings, graphic arts, sculpture multimedia and design from 1870 to the present day. It also has a large photographic library and an artistic video collection.

You will be able to admire graphic arts, paintings and sculptures by Gustave Doré; graphic arts, sculptures and stained glass windows by Jean Arp among others, as well as works by contemporary German artists including Baselitz, Lupertz, Richter, Vostell and many more.

There is also a fine range of works by Kandinsky, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro and Rodin. The museum hosts annual temporary exhibitions, displaying the works of an individual artist or an artistic genre.

Stop by the very nice café with outdoor seating and great views over la Petite France, as well as the excellent bookshop that covers art of every kind.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm; closed on Mondays
Sight description based on wikipedia
The National School of Administration

2) The National School of Administration

Of all the French graduation schools, the most prestigious is the National School of Administration, which has been definitely based in Strasbourg since 2005 after being divided between the city and Paris.

The school was created in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle, who wanted access to senior civil service posts to be open to a widen section of society. Over the years the school has taken part in the selection and initial training of many senior French officials and is a center of expertise on European issues.

It also acts as a center of research and publications about administrative science. The grounds, the main hall and the library are open to visitors.

The school is housed in an ancient building on Rue Saint Marguerite. In 1150 a chapel to the Holy Trinity was built on the site. In 1286 the Knights of the Teutonic Order took over the chapel and built a convent beside it.

In 1371 the Knights of Saint Jean installed here. The convent and chapel became the Commandery of Saint Jean. In 1520 the buildings became a hospital for small pox sufferers. Between 1734 and 1988 it was a prison.

After the building was restored in 1993 the school began to move in, finally investing the entire site. In 2005 the building was extensively renovated and new buildings were put up.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Train Station

3) Train Station

No matter how you arrive in Strasbourg, do take the time to visit the Train Station, which is the second largest in France and perhaps the most unique in Europe.

The station opened in 1883, on the crossroads of the Basle–Cologne and Paris-Vienna axes. It was built according to plans by Johann Eduard Jocobsthal to replace a smaller station that stood in a cul-de-sac.

The 120 meter long station has two stories, the ground floor on the level with the square in front of it, the upper floor slightly higher than the tracks. At the beginning this neo-Renaissance building was for travelers as well as merchandise and it also had a marshaling yard. The goods station and marshaling yard were relocated by 1914.

In 1901 a post office was added to one side of the building and in 1096 a police station was added on the other side. At the time the station had nine tracks but in 2007 when the building was renovated four more tracks were added, mainly for the arrival of the TGV.

The 120 meter steel and glass dome that runs the length of the old building was built by the SNCF (the French railroad company) architect, Jean-Marie Duthilleul. There is a space of 25 meters between the shell and the station front and you’ll find the entrance to the subway here as well as a reception area, the Tourist Office and a cafe/snack bar.

From this station you can catch a train to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, in addition to most French towns. If you fancy a day in Paris – the TGV only takes a little over two hours to get there.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Galeries Lafayette

4) Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is a great departmental store in the center of Strasbourg. It has a lot of boutiques, including those with chic and fashionable products. The building itself is always well-illuminated.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00-20:00
Palais Des Fetes

5) Palais Des Fetes

Palais Des Fetes is an Art Nouveau architectural masterpiece, a big concert hall of national significance. A variety of plays and performances, including concerts of classical and jazz music, takes place regularly over here.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais de la Musique et des Congres

6) Palais de la Musique et des Congres

Palais de la Musique et des Congres is situated in a green ares spread over seven hectares. It has 2 auditoriums of 1100 and 2000 seats and 22 committee rooms from 18 to 500 seats. Also there is a 8000 sq ft exhibition area.
Sight description based on wikipedia
European Court of Human Rights

7) 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
Palace of Europe

8) 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

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.
European Quarter Walking Tour

European Quarter Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

Strasbourg is considered the daughter of the Rhine River. It is famous for its history, cathedrals, architecture and gastronomy. In this walking tour you will discover interesting historical sights. All attractions are located in the heart of Strasbourg and are easy to find.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Nightlife Walk

Nightlife Walk

Strasbourg's nightlife is very vibrant due to the city's student population. Usually hangout time starts at 11 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Many of the hotspots are clustered around the cathedral and along rue des Juifs. Be sure to visit the hottest venues listed below.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Museums Walking Tour in Strasbourg

Museums Walking Tour in Strasbourg

Art has an important role to play in Strasbourg's culture. There are various museums, divided according to area, type and period, which represent European art through the ages. Don't miss the chance to visit some of Strasbourg's most popular art museums listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Strasbourg Introduction Walk

Strasbourg Introduction Walk

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace Region in France and is referred to as the "crossroads of Europe". The Grande Ile, the city's historic center, was named "the World's Heritage" by UNESCO. You will find culturally historical treasures mixed with modern attractions scattered all around the city. This tour will take you to some of the most significant sites in...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Strasbourg for Kids

Strasbourg for Kids

Strasbourg, situated in the Alsace region of France, is a very popular tourist destination. Is famous for its great architecture. The city centre is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also you'll find here a lot of attractions meant for children. Check out the most interesting destinations for your children in this self-guided tour of Strasbourg.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles