Published on 20/11/2018
The Bibliothèque Humaniste in Sélestat, Treasure of the Renaissance
Installed in the heart of the historic centre of Sélestat, the Bibliothèque Humaniste - Treasure of the Renaissance - reopened its doors in June 2018, after 3 years of work.
Imagined by the architect Rudy Ricciotti (MUCEM Museum in Marseille), the rehabilitation project wonderfully improved visitorwelcome conditions as well as maintaining, as best possible, its valued collection of ancient books dating from the 7th to the 16th centuries.
Strasbourg, Grande Île and Neustadt area
After the Grande-Ile listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1988, it’s the German Imperial area of Strasbourg called “Neustadt” which has integrated the UNESCO sites since July 2017.
The Neustadt (new city) was supposed to become the showcase of the Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine turned towards the west. Its construction, which started after the Franco-Prussian war from 1870-1871, was partly financed by French money from war repairs. Among the most notable of the buildings figure the university palace, the national and university library, the former Landtage (today the Strasbourg national theatre), the train station and the civil hospital. The Neustadt also has parks, a botanical garden and municipal baths.
Fortress of Neuf-Brisach
The ultimate creation of Vauban, the fortress of Neuf-Brisach and its octagonal plan are part of a network of 12 French sites classified as world heritage sites, a recognition of the global work of Louis XIV's architect, which influenced military architecture in Europe until the 18th century.
The Porte de Belfort is home to the Vauban Museum, which retraces the history of the city for 3 centuries, with a rich collection of objects and archival documents.
Alsace du Nord: world biosphere reserve
The territory of the Vosges du Nord-Pfälzerwald Biosphere Reserve has a rich natural, historical, cultural and culinary heritage. Labelled "World Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO in 1998, it was also awarded the European Eden Prize "European tourist destination of excellence".
More than 80,000 ha of forests, numerous hiking trails, preserved nature and rich flora and fauna are a good place to recharge your batteries.