The world-renowned powerhouse of Strasbourg at the German-French border is host to organizations as impactful as the European Parliament, Eurocorps, and the International Institute of Human Rights. For digital nomads who want to be coliving, coworking, and networking with international dignitaries, there are few more appropriate places. Remote workers of all professions will enjoy the fast Internet, readily available free Wi-Fi, and fascinating history of this city.
Strasbourg counts only 280,000 inhabitants yet as an industrial city, it is a hub of rail, road, and river transportation with a substantial river port. Its economy is built on manufacturing and engineering of goods from processed food to automobiles. These production sites contrast with the historical downtown area that was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 16th and 17th century timbered houses at Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait are equally impressive and eye-catching, making them a photographer’s dream.
No list can do justice to the astonishing diversity of Strasbourg, but here are some fun facts:
- Strasbourg dates back to a Roman camp and is over 2000 years old.
- For centuries, Strasbourg and its surrounding Alsace area swapped between being under French and German reign.
- The Gothic Strasbourg Cathedral was the world’s tallest monument during the middle ages. The opening scene of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows takes place inside this impressive building.
- The television network ARTE, which produces cultural content in French and German, is based in Strasbourg.
- The Strasbourg Grand Mosque is the largest Islamic place of worship in France.
- Tarte flambée, originally named Flammkuchen, is a flatbread topped typically with cream, onions, and bacon. It was created by German farmers before Alsace became part of France once more.
- Strasbourg was an early center of the printing industry.
- The Strasbourg native wax-modeling artist Marie Tussaud was hugely successful long before the term “career woman” was coined. Museums in her name’s sake can now be found globally.
Politics, industry, or culture, Strasbourg has a lot to offer to digital nomads seeking a long-term or short-term stay. The cost of living is very reasonable for a location of such importance. Coliving in Strasbourg connects you to the perfect community to share the experience with.