Is This France's Most Picturesque Town?

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Paris may have that cosmopolitan appeal but this tiny town is the charming retreat of your dreams.

There's no arguing that France is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. From stately chateaux to lush meadows of lavender, the country is a pretty dreamy destination. But there's one town that stands out among the rest. 

Strasbourg, France, with its winding cobbled streets lined with quaint centuries-old buildings, looks as if it were pulled right from a fairytale. Situated in eastern France, on the border of Germany, Strasbourg has a unique culture that's intertwined with both countries. From it's thriving culinary scene—the city is the birthplace of famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, owner of several Michelin-starred restaurants—to its architectural heritage, the town is an inherent melting pot of experiences. 

The city center of Strasbourg, Grande Île, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and was expanded in 2017 to include the nearby neighborhood of Neustadt, which was constructed under German rule from 1871 to 1918. The designation which was originally composed of the Strasbourg Cathedral and the surrounding streets, now includes the Palais du Rhin and the National Theatre, among others, that are in the heart of the northern district of Neustadt. 

Aside from Grande Île and Neustadt, the city is filled with beauty. Around every corner, you'll find quaint cafés, restaurants and boutique shops worth exploring, and ample green space that makes for an inviting retreat. There's the Parc du Contades and the Parc de L'Orangerie, filled with lavish greenery, and grand boulevards like the Boulevard de la Victoire, that are begging to be explored.

While Paris draws millions of international visitors for its stately architectural icons, like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, and its cosmopolitan charm, Strasbourg offers a different, more relaxed appeal. So the next time you're planning a trip to the country known for its beauty, consider a stop in the tiny town to the east.