|Strasbourg has often changed hands between the French and Germans over the centuries, and the mixture of influences can be seen in its buildings, and is also present in the local cuisine to be enjoyed in Strasbourg's many restaurants. Strasbourg is famous for its Cathedral, which is the highest medieval building in Europe and took four hundred years to complete, for its channels which encircle the city center, for its lovely parks and for the charm of the old part of the city: "Petite France". Strasbourg truly offers its visitors a variety of unique experiences.
Petit France is the name given to a small area between the rivers, just south of the Grande Île (Grand Island). It is home to some of Strasbourg's prettiest and most photogenic streets and buildings, with half-timbered townhouses leaning out over narrow cobbled streets. Strasbourg's historic city center was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center.
Strasbourg International Airport is located south-west of the city at Entzheim, it serves domestic as well as international destinations. A train is running down to the town center, it takes 9 minutes and the frequency is 15 minutes. Strasbourg is also well served by regional, national and international trains. With the opening of the new TGV high speed train connection in 2007, journey time from Strasbourg to many destinations, including Paris, have been significantly reduced.