Lying at the cross roads of Europe, Strasbourg is a natural and central hub in the heart of Europe, the perfect location for EMEARC 2013. With excellent transport links, this cosmopolitan city has a truly international spirit, and is the capital of Europe. It is home to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Pharmacopoeia and the International Space University.
Situated within the Alsace region, the culture and gastronomy of Strasbourg has been influenced by and shared in return by its German and Swiss neighbours. Strasbourg's historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. With medieval buildings at every turn in the city centre, Strasbourg is a beautiful city to visit and experience.
The city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, particularly in the Petite-France district or Gerberviertel ("tanners' district") alongside the river Ill and in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzell stands out.
Notable medieval streets include Rue Mercière, Rue des Dentelles, Rue du Bain aux Plantes, Rue des Juifs, Rue des Frères, Rue des Tonneliers, Rue du Maroquin, Rue des Charpentiers, Rue des Serruriers, Grand' Rue, Quai des Bateliers, Quai Saint-Nicolas and Quai Saint-Thomas. Notable medieval squares include Place de la Cathédrale, Place du Marché Gayot, Place Saint-Étienne, Place du Marché aux Cochons de Lait and Place Benjamin Zix.
Since 1570, Strasbourg has hosted a now world famous Christmas Market, with over 300 market chalets it attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. There is always an impressive Christmas tree on Place Kléber and a skating rink on Place du Château. The market runs in 2012 from November 24th to December 31st.
For information about events that are on in the city during your stay you can find out more from the Strass.Info website. You can also check the local Weather forecast so that you can be fully prepared for your stay in the city.
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