After our cruise down the Rhine, we disembarked at Strasbourg. Originally, a boat ride on the river Ill had been planned, but it was cancelled due to flooding. We decided to make our way to the train station on our own and gave ourselves almost 3 hours to walk through the historic center to the station, stopping along the way to buy savory tarts for lunch on the train, my favorite almond croissants as a snack and to stock up on some delicious regional cheese.
Strasbourg has a rich history, first mentioned in 12 BC. Being on the boarder between France and Germany, the city has belonged to both countries until the end of 1944 when it remained French. This is firmly implanted in the local dialect which sounds like a good mixture of French and German with some Swiss German thrown in for good measure. Strasbourg also played in important role in the Protestant Reformation and is one of the capitals of the European Union, seat of the European Union and has been a UNESCO Heritage site since 1988.