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Strasbourg’s well-preserved roots are an intriguing tangle of French and German influences, while its status as a seat of the EU government inspires a palpable modern vibe.
Merrymakers will delight in the holiday cheer of France's largest and oldest Christmas market.
Since 1570, merchants have set up shop in the shadows of Strasbourg's Gothic cathedral to sell holiday provisions in the days leading up to Christmas. The annual Christmas markets, which now number 11, are spread throughout the town, earning Strasbourg distinction as the "Capitale de Noël." More than 300 vendor chalets line the cobblestones between November 24th and December 30th, their glowing interiors filled with scents and symbols of Alsace: hot wine, traditional bredele cookies, and ornamental white storks symbolizing local folklore.
You won't find remnants of old political tensions on this border city's dinner plates, where French and German cuisines harmoniously blend. Menus post classic dishes like coq au vin and confit de canard, but they might not look or taste like the versions you're familiar with. Here, the chicken is braised in Reisling and comes with a side of spätzle, and duck confit is served atop a heaping mound of sauerkraut.🐱🌲🍲🚂🍁🧡 #lonelyplanet #purringtonpost #weeklyfluff #whatthefluff #visitfrance #strasbourgeoise #topstrasbourgphoto #bestmeow #adventurecat #petsofinstagram