Strasbourg is the seat of several European
institutions such as the
Council of Europe
European Court of Human Rights,
European Directorate for the Quality of
Medicines and its
European Audiovisual Observatory,
well as the
Strasbourg is an important center of manufacturing and engineering,
as well as of road, rail, and river communications. The port of
Strasbourg is the second largest on the
city is the seat of the
Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine.
The Place des Halles, 24
place des Halles, is the main commercial center (open Mon-Sat
0900-2000), with some 120 shops, as well as 10 restaurants and bars.
The two main department stores are both situated near place Kléber –
Galeries Lafayettes, rue du 22 Novembre, and Printemps, 1-5 rue de
la Haute Montée. FNAC, place Kléber, is also worth a visit for all
things electronic and electrical.
Designer shops can be found along rue des Orfèvres (Chanel and Yves
Saint-Laurent) and rue de la Mésange (Cartier, Gucci and Hermès),
with chic outlets along
rue des Hallebardes and the up-and-coming rue du
Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons (Kenzo, Cerruti and Georges Rech), fast
becoming lined with designer names. On the other end of the fashion
scale, visitors can buy second-hand clothes, priced according to
their weight, from Kilo Shop, 6 rue de la Lanterne, while
traditional Alsatian costumes are for sale or hire at Maison du
Costume Alsacien, 11b quai de Turckheim.
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