Duration: 2 hours (minimum) up to 1 day

The "Great Island" (Grande-Île) of Strasbourg is the historical center of the current city. It was built upon the site of the old Roman military camp of Argentoratum and spread out around the cathedral.

Relatively little affected by the destructions of the many the wars, the layout of the Grande-Île of Strasbourg is still that of its old urban structure. It features many half-timbered houses of the German Renaissance in Petite France, the former tanners' quarter, and many stone buildings of the classical French period.

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Did you know...?

The Grande-Île was inscribed in 1988 on the World Heritage List.

The initial property, inscribed in 1988 on the World Heritage List, was formed by the Grande-Île, the historic centre of Strasbourg, structured around the cathedral. The extension concerns the Neustadt, new town, designed and built under the German administration (1871-1918). The Neustadt draws the inspiration for its urban layout partially from the Haussmannian model, while adopting an architectural idiom of Germanic inspiration. This dual influence has enabled the creation of an urban space that is specific to Strasbourg, where the perspectives created around the cathedral open to a unified landscape around the rivers and canals.

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