Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Stretching far above the rooftops of the other buildings in the town’s historic center, the cathedral dominates the landscape of Strasbourg and is an iconic monument in the Alsace region. The second highest cathedral in France, with its single spire reaching 142 meters, took more than three centuries to build, having been constructed between 1050 and 1439. After its construction, the cathedral stood as the tallest building in the Christian world until the 19th century.

A marvel of Gothic architecture, the pink sandstone facade of the cathedral holds hundreds of intricately carved sculptures. The cathedral also features stained glass windows that date from the 12th and 14th centuries. Visitors can climb the 332 stairs of the spiraling staircase to reach the cathedral’s platform and take in breathtaking views from high atop Strasbourg and stretching as far as the German Black Forest on clear days. Yet, one of the most impressive features is the Renaissance astronomical clock, dating from 1842, that draws crowds at half past noon each day for the automated parade of the apostles.

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11.20 a.m. and from 12.35 to 7 p.m.

Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France