Strasbourg Cathedral and Kammercel House
In the first part of the story you have already managed to get a little familiar with the sights and the culture of the capital of Alsace. Talk about the most significant of them.
Strasbourg Cathedral is a unique building in which they intertwined both German and French cultural influences. Over 200 years it was the tallest building in the world, it is one of the largest cathedrals in the history of European architecture and the world’s largest building made of sandstone. Cathedral visible almost from any edge of the city.
One of the special attractions of the Cathedral is astronomical clock with a unique mechanism that make one full revolution on New Year’s Eve and calculate the date of those holidays that change from year to year. The most slowly rotating part of the clock shows the precession of the earth’s axis – no turnover did not happen and will not happen so soon.
The area near the cathedral belongs to the number of the most beautiful urban areas of Europe. It is located the half-timbered houses of the Swabian architectural style and differ in that they have high roofs in which there are several inclined floors.
The most famous of them – the house of Kammercel. This half-timbered miracle was built in the XV century, the facade was decorated with wood-carved figures of mythical characters, signs of the zodiac and biblical plots. Comparable to him only "Salt House" (Salzhaus) in Frankfurt am Main and "Myasnikov House" (Knochenhaueramtshaus) Hildesheim.
In general, this area impresses the German city with its folklore and cultural features. Some souvenir shops are more like those that can be found in the Garz region.
However, already behind the turn of the facades of buildings return us to French reality.
One of the best examples of German XIX century architecture is the Rhine Palace. Someone will definitely see the similarity with Reichstag and in general will be right.
The palace is a monument. It depicts a mother who lost her two sons in war. Noteworthy fact that their faces are turned in the direction of France and Germany, which seems to be a special symbolism of the close interaction of the cultures of the two states in this region.
Historical area "Little France"
Finally "open" Strasbourg district – Little France (Petite France). This place is Strasbourg, in my opinion, the most romantic and pleasant eye, but despite its name, its appearance is still much more German.
In any weather and at any time of the day and night, this place is not empty and it’s not only in restaurants with a beautiful kitchen, but also in undoubtedly picturesque facades of buildings around.