The city of Strasbourg is European, both by its geographic location and by its historical destiny.
With two thousand years of history, Strasbourg is a meeting point between the main elements that link North and South, East and West of the European continent.
Within a 600 km radius around the Alsatian capital you will find towns like : Paris, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Turin, Milan, Munich, Prague, Stuttgart, Frankfort, Brussels and Amsterdam. On the banks of the Rhine, at the boarder of cultural and linguistic Roman and Germanic areas, you are truly in the heart of Europe!
In the aftermath of the Second World War, when the idea of European reconciliation led to the creation of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg was chosen as the seat for this institution. So, in 1949 the city became the symbol of unity, reconciliation between peoples and European peace consolidation.
Strasbourg is one of the 3 cities in the world (with New-York and Geneva) hosting international and diplomatic institutions (Embassies and Consulates in particular) without being the capital city of a State.
Strasbourg, which is today a Eurometropolis, enjoys the prestigious status of European capitals such as Brussels or Luxembourg;
It is home to major European Institutions:
- The Council of Europe,
- The European Parliament,
- The European Court of Human Rights,
- The European Youth Centre or the European Pharmacopoeia
- The European Science Foundation.
More information : http://www.europeinstrasbourg.eu/en/