Considered the world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874, and still the sixth tallest church today, this richly decorated gothic masterpiece of pink-tinted Vosges sandstone stands proud with its steeple reaching 142m (466ft) which is visible far across the plains of Alsace. Highlights include the intricate west facade with its three portals; the Eglise and Synagogue statues (the originals are located at the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame); and the remarkable Renaissance Horloge Astronomique (Astronomical Clock), one of the world's largest clocks, which chimes at 1230 daily, as the Apostles parade before Jesus. The outstanding views of the city from the top platform are well worth the 330 arduous steps.
Things to see in Strasbourg
Office du Tourisme (Tourist Office)
17 place de la Cathédrale
Tel: 03885 22828.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1900.
Tourist information desks can be found at the railway station and at Place de l’Etoile.
You can buy a Strasbourg-Pass at the tourist office and in hotels. Valid for three days, the pass offers free entries and discounts to museums and attractions.
The Passe des Musées du Rhin Supérieur (tel: (03) 8852 5000; www.museumspass.com/en), allows free access to 190 museums in the area of Rhin Supérieur, including Strasbourg. You can buy the pass online or at any participating museum and access all the listed museums.
As in many French cities, Strasbourg's museums offer free admission on the first Sunday of every month.