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Strasbourg And Alsace

As the home of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is at the heart of Europe. Many people visit the city to learn about the European institutions, but Strasbourg, Alsace and the neighbouring part of Germany have so much more to offer.

The parliament buildings can be visited and this is best organised by contacting one of your local members of the European Parliament. Once you have been given the dates for your visit we will be happy to help you organise the rest of your stay.

Strasbourg itself is an interesting and attractive city with both French and German aspects. For schools that find it difficult or impractical to organise visits for both the French and German departments, Strasbourg offers the opportunity to take just one visit for students of both languages. Such a visit can offer a wider experience of two cultures yet give both groups of students a chance to use and experience the language they have chosen to study, whilst at the same time becoming aware of the benefits of wider language skills in a European context.

Beyond the city are the attractions of the Vosges Mountains and the Alsatian wine route with attractive market towns such as Obernai. The city of Colmar has attractive architecture and a delightful network of picturesque canals. Further south, Mullhouse is the home of the world famous Schlumpf motor collection and the French National Railway Museum.

East of the Rhine are the German cities of Offenburg and Freiburg and the delights of the Black Forest, with a visit to Titisee well worthwhile to see the cuckoo clocks being made and to take a trip on the lake. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, EUROPAPARK is a high quality theme park just inside Germany.

As the journey to Strasbourg from Calais is between 8 and 9 hours your itinerary will depend on how near you are to Dover. You may want to include an overnight stop en-route.

Those wanting to stagger the journey can simply add one day to either end of our proposal.

Day 1

Travel to Alsace.

Day 2

Start the day with a Strasbourg town trail to learn about the city in a fun way! This afternoon we will have a visit to the Cathedral and possibly a visit to the European Parliament. Round the day off with a relaxing canal cruise.

Day 3

Explore the Alsace region with possible visits to Alsace Memorial, Le Struthof and Monkey Mountain.

Day 4

A day of leisure in Europapark.

Day 5

Travel home.

Visits And Excursions

Each group will have its own special interests and curricular needs. That’s why every visit can be completely tailored around you. All non-travel days are interchangeable and can include any other visits and activities of your choice.

You’ll find some suggestions below, but you can always call us to discuss more options.

Rondo Recommends:

A - Art & Architecture | C - Culture | G - Geography | H - History | L - Leisure | P - Performing Arts | Sc - Science, Tech & Engineering | G - General Tourist Attraction

Haut Koenigsbourg Castle

Haut Koenigsbourg Castle

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This massive and complete fortification dominates the Rhine Valley, demonstrating the historic defences of Alsace against enemies from Germany and further afield. The views across to the Black Forest and beyond are breathtaking.

Colmar

Colmar

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On entering this fascinating town, you might ask why you are greeted by the Statue of Liberty. Well this was the home of its creator, Fréderic Auguste Bartholdi and there is a museum dedicated to him here. Strolling down to Little Venice you can take a commentated trip on a battery powered barge that shows off the area whilst preserving the environment.

Alsace Moselle Memorial

Alsace Moselle Memorial

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Since 1871 Alsace has alternated between being French and German, most recently during World War II. This highly emotive exhibition vividly explains the events and the suffering of the local people under the Nazis.

Wherever you are staying in the Strasbourg and Alsace region, you will find many visits, excursions and activities to interest your group.

European Parliament

Culture Geography

Your regional MEP will help you witness a plenary session of the parliament, where your students can learn about the institutions and day to day work of the European Union.

Guided Tour Of Strasbourg

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History General Tourist Attraction

A professional guide will introduce you to all aspects of the city, both past and present.

Cruise The Waterways - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History General Tourist Attraction

A tour around the city’s rivers, canals, locks, and out to the buildings of the European institutions is offered with a headphone commentary in English.

Le Vaisseau - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity Science, Technology and Engineering

This interactive science centre is aimed at children up to 15, introducing scientific themes with an emphasis on having fun.

Vineyard And Cellar Visit

Geography Science, Technology and Engineering

We offer visits to a vineyard with an explanation of the viniculture and processes followed by a cellar tasting of grape juice for the students and wine for the staff.

La Maison Du Pain - (Click for more information)

Geography History Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

A museum and bakery situated in the town of Sélestat, where students can learn all about the history of bread making from field to table. A guide will show you all the equipment and methods used through the years.

Palace Of Gingerbread - (Click for more information)

Culture Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

In 800 square metres between Obernai and Andlau, the story of the origins, traditions and making of the gingerbread (so closely associated with this part of France) are explained. You’ll get to try some too!

Munster Cheese - (Click for more information)

Geography History Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

The traditional Alsatian cheese has its own centre which demonstrates the production of the cheese with tasting at the end of the visit.

Mulhouse - (Click for more information)

Geography History Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

In many ways Mulhouse is the industrial heart of Alsace, but this has led to it being the location for fascinating museums. Probably the best known is the National Motor Museum which houses the Schlumpf collection of Bugattis, which are still made in Alsace by Volkswagen and form the largest collection in the world. Close by is the National Railway Museum and for the scientists amongst your students there is the museum of Electricity. Outside the city, but of significant cultural and historical interest is the Ecomusée; an open air museum with original buildings and demonstrations of local skills.

Le Struthof - (Click for more information)

History

There is no greater demonstration of the evils of World War II than the concentration camps. Le Struthof is the only example of such camps on French soil. When it was opened in 1941 Alsace was an annexed part of Germany.

Europapark - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

This is Europe’s finest ‘home-grown’ theme park and as its name suggests, it has themed areas for many European countries. You can rely on quality and originality of Europapark, as the owning Mack family make most of the rides for all other European theme parks.

Monkey Mountain - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

On the hillside below Haut Koenigsbourg is the Monkey Mountain where monkeys roam freely. Guides are always on hand to feed their charges and give advice and information.

Strasbourg

CIARUS - (Click for more information)

This is a city centre hostel that takes many groups at once. The facilities and security are superb. It is always clean and comfortable, and groups return regularly.

Auberge Des 2 Rives - (Click for more information)

This youth centre is set in parkland on the bank of the Rhine. It is modern, clean and well run. It offers leisure facilities both inside and outside in the spacious grounds. A foot bridge links the park with Kehl in Germany on the far side of the river.

Alsace

Centre De Mittelwihr - (Click for more information)

This rural retreat offers superb facilities both inside and outside the hostel. The site is next door to vineyards and the outdoor spaces allows for barbecues in the summer months. The historic centre of Riquewihr is a possible walking excursion from the accommodation.

Hotel Des Vosges - (Click for more information)

At certain times of the year, this beautiful chalet style hotel, set in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains beyond Obernai, welcomes school groups. As well as the usual facilities, this hotel has its own recently updated swimming pool. Nadia, the chef of the family owners, is also a television chef, so you can be sure to enjoy some excellent food during your stay.