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Le cinquième lieu     

Le 5e Lieu combines a space to promote cultural events, the Un Voyage à Strasbourg [A Journey through Strasbourg] exhibition, and the Cabinet des Estampes et des Dessins [print room]. This space is a starting point to discover the city and its cultural offerings. The Un Voyage à Strasbourg [A Journey through Strasbourg] exhibition offers a tour through historic Strasbourg and the Strasbourg of the future. It is styled as an invitation on a journey to experience Strasbourg - an active, populous city in transformation. Visitors can discover and understand the city through its landscapes, architecture and heritage.
From 7 December, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 5elieu.strasbourg.eu

Cathedral platform 

The platform, which stands at 66 metres, is only accessible by climbing 330 steps. It offers a clear view over the roofs of Strasbourg and thanks to tower viewers, you can make out landmarks such as Petite France, Saint Thomas’ Church, the Ancienne Douane or the European institutions.

Platform open every day except 25 December and 1 January, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last ascent at 5:15 p.m.). Prices: €8 full price, €5 reduced price. 

New for 2019: Place du Château will host a stall for the Fondation de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame [Notre-Dame Works Foundation], which organises the funding and conduct of restoration and conservation work on the cathedral. Here, you will find a variety of objects and products (wine, chocolate, statues...) in the image of the building. The proceeds allow this unique French institution to fund the upkeep of the cathedral.

Information: www.oeuvre-notre-dame.org

Visits to the European Parliament      

Visitors are welcome year-round at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Visits organised when the parliament is not in session include the hemicycle and the Parlamentarium Simone Veil and are conducted in French, German and English. Visit the hemicycle at your own pace with a multimedia guide. Visits last approximately 60 minutes and are available in the 24 official languages. 

Monday to Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., then 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Audio guides at 11:30 a.m. except Saturdays. Group visits possible, subject to reservation. Closed on 23 December. 

A street-art journey in the station district    

Proud of its history, the station district offers great sites for urban art-lovers, and city-lovers in general. This district is a breeding ground for creation, and over the years, it has become a beloved backdrop for many artists to showcase their temporary works: giant frescos, graffiti, collages, stencils... Just a short walk away from Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas, take the time to visit this open-air museum.

Infos : strasbourg.streetartmap.eu

Regionale 20                 

A true end-of-year artistic event, Regionale is the only cross-border collaboration event between some twenty contemporary art locations across the Rhine area. It brings together around one hundred and twenty artists from the local scene, offering the ideal opportunity to discover the region’s contemporary creations.

In 2019, to celebrate 10 years in the European capital, the event takes the form of three collective exhibitions, bringing together Swiss, German and French artists. 
From 30 November to 22 December. At the CEAAC, La Chaufferie – HEAR gallery, COOP garage – Accélérateur de particules [Particle accelerator]. More information on www.regionale.org

Château Musée Vodou [Voodoo Museum]                    

A unique and surprising place, the Voodoo Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of voodoo objects from Western Africa. In a setting as surprising as it is unique, visitors are invited to discover a culture and life philosophy which is little-known and yet still widely practiced.  

15 November, 6, 12 and 13 December, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: night guided tours by torchlight. 1, 7 and 14 December, at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: virtual reality visit to the voodoo world, using immersive headsets. 
Prices: adults €14, reduced (subject to conditions) €11, children (6 to 10 years) €8. 4 rue de Koenigshoffen 67000 Strasbourg. More information at www.chateau-vodou.com

La Petite France                    

The most picturesque district of Strasbourg’s historic centre, Petite France is an unmissable spot to discover the city. With its timbered houses, network of straight and winding alleyways, and canals that snake through the district, Petite France is bursting with history and undeniable charm. Petite France is also a true epicentre of Strasbourg gastronomy. With the variety of options, there’s sure to be something for everyone, all in an exceptional setting that mixes authenticity and charming views.

Neustadt                     

The Neustadt (new city) of Strasbourg is the expansion of the city undertaken at the end of the 19th century, when Alsace belonged to Germany. Construction began in the 1880s and continued until the 1950s, creating a vast area of almost 10,000 new buildings, and tripling the city’s size. In 2017, part of the urban masterpieces present in the Neustadt enabled the UNESCO world heritage site status to be extended to encompass a larger part of Strasbourg.