Strasbourg Station (Gare de Strasbourg-Ville) is a modern railway hub that blends futuristic and old-fashioned architectural styles. Admire the striking glass shell that wraps around the train station, concealing an older 19th-century building within it.
One of the biggest in France, this station marks the eastern terminus of the Paris-Strasbourg line, and welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Watch the commuters coming and going and capture photos of the remarkable glass cocoon surrounding the historical railway building.
Enter through the glass façade to get a better look at the exterior of the original station. This would have been visible from the street prior to 2006 when the bubble-like glass cover was added. The architect behind the 21st-century renovation, Jean-Marie Duthilleu, won the Brunel Award in 2008 for his modernizing redesign.
The original railway station on this site was designed by German architect Johann Eduard Jacobsthal and completed in 1883. Among the highlights of its interior is the salon de l'empereur waiting section, which was designed in 1900 for the German emperor Wilhelm II. Survey the exquisite stained-glass windows here.
Examine the works of German sculptor Otto Geyer, which are dotted around inside. Look for two large statues depicting allegorical figures representing industry and agriculture. Reliefs by Geyer can also be seen on the façade of the historical building.
Strasbourg Station is on Place de la Gare, just north of the city center. The surrounding area is full of hotels, restaurants and bars catering to the visitors who arrive in the city via this train station daily. The station is just a 5-minute walk northwest from the Ill River and can easily be reached by bus or tram. Trains to Paris leave regularly from here.