Strasbourg, France, a 2,000-year-old city on the Rhine River in Alsace-Lorraine, offers an intriguing blend of cultures. It is the legislative and democratic capital of the European Union as well as being the home to a number of other international institutions.
The town is famous for its beautiful, unfinished Gothic cathedral, its charming town center, called Petite France, and its timbered houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Locals speak the dialect of Alsatian, a blend of French and German that has given names to many streets in the city. Strasbourg's strategic location on the Rhine has made it a contested spot throughout history, trading possession between Germany and France. Much of the heritage of Strasbourg and the province at large derives from its time as a part of Germany.
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