History and hospitality

A European and economic capital and a conurbation of human size, Strasbourg draws its strength from its history, culture and geographical situation.

2000 years of history have made Strasbourg a city of enormous appeal, with its mediaeval half timbered houses, 18th-century mansions, the impressive Cathedral and the picturesque Petite France (the historical district with its locks and traditional winstubs), and some splendid contemporary architecture.

The city's Christmas market has been held since 1570 and December sees Strasbourg's centre fill with Christmas decorations and the heady perfume of mulled wine.

"Strasbourg - Grande île" has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988.

Strasbourg has a worldwide reputation for its food and has one of the largest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in France

Lonely Planet ranked Alsace number one in its list of the top 10 regions to visit in the world. Its Best in Travel book devoted several pages to Strasbourg, Alsatian cuisine, the city's authenticity and character, its cross-border lifestyle and its wine.

Strasbourg is the leading French city for hosting foreign residents (quality-of-life opinion survey carried out by the EU across 75 European cities).

Strasbourg is the 4th-ranked city, after Paris, Nice and Avignon in terms of foreign visitor hotel stays in French cities.

Schemes for a new exhibition park and the renovation/extension of the concert hall and convention centre are under way

Strasbourg is the 3rd-ranked French city for conventions among the major international convention cities.