It’s fair to say that Strasbourg is a city with dual nationality. On the one hand the old town has historical buildings like the gothic Notre Dame cathedral; climb up its 332 steps for panoramic views. You can also visit museums devoted to fine arts, Alsatian history, decorative arts and archaeology. The newer part of town is known as the Imperial German neighbourhood, built after 1870, it’s characterised by its timbered buildings and narrow roads. Here you’ll find contemporary amenities like the Botanical Garden, Museum Zoo and Planetarium and the National Theatre of Strasbourg. In the run-up to Christmas German-style markets take place, but there’s no shortage of French cuisine, particularly in the eateries of the charming Petite France neighbourhood.