Strasbourg Squares

Welcome to my personal tour of Strasbourg and the fascinating history of some of its public spaces.

Chapter 2: Romans and Reinsches on the Rhine

According to the history books, the people who gradually reassembled the city from VI to VIII centuries were a multicultural, polyglot mix from here, there and everywhere around Europe. Which is also still true today. Anyone who has seen pictures of its architecture can guess that Strasbourg has changed hands between the Germans and the French a few times. It also served as a symbolic locale for European peacemaking and rebuilding after WWII.

Chapter 3: Strasbourg Squares and Suckling Pigs

(Image: Suckling Pig Square - By Charles Pinet, 1910) There is something marvelous to me about the idea that the timeworn walls of these public gathering places have stood as passive witnesses to the constantly evolving living conditions, fashions, world events, cultural trends, governments and approach to community in Strasbourg. I’ve made it one of my missions during COVID-19 confinement to learn the stories of Strasbourg’s squares.

Chapter 7: Toasting, Trembling and Textiles on Quai Kellermann

I value the widespread commitment to environmental sustainability in Europe, all over France and notably in Strasbourg. Building on this little example of its history of harnessing and preserving natural resources, Strasbourg is now the #1 biking city in France with extensive bike-friendly infrastructure that has substantially cut pollution in this river valley, while also making for healthier commuters and a quieter urban ambiance. Most impressively of all, the Strasbourg metropolitan area is striving to transition to renewable energy sources over the next three decades, aiming to reach 100% by the year 2050.