Neustadt: Soon to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

22 March 2017< Retour à la liste
Neustadt Strasbourg UNESCO World Heritage Site

A multi-cultural history marked by two world wars

The construction of Neustadt dates back to the first annexation of Alsace Lorraine to the German Empire in 1871. This major event necessitated the enlargement of the city to house the new arrivals who came mainly from Germany. The Neustadt district was annexed to the north of the historical district of Strasbourg. It stretches from Place d’Haguenau to Place d’Islande, encompassing the Parc de l’Orangerie and the Gare de Strasbourg.

At the time, the aim was to create a “new city”, capital of the Imperial Territory (Reischsland) of Alsace-Lorraine. This led to the construction of some of the most beautiful Strasbourg buildings still standing today: the Palais du Rhin, the Préfecture, the Lycée des Pontonniers, the Église Saint-Paul and the Église Saint-Pierre Le Jeune, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Palais de Justice, the Municipal Baths, the Observatory and the Jardin Botanique.  

Never-ending tree-lined avenues traverse the district: the Avenue de la Liberté and the Avenue de la Forêt Noire. Myriad green spaces are nestled right in the heart of Neustadt: Parc de l’Orangerie, Parc du Contades, Jardin de l’Université and the Jardin Botanique.

Neustadt is one of the most beautiful legacies of the German imperial style still in existence. This type of architecture completely disappeared from Germany following the bombardments of the Second World War.

A rich architectural heritage

Neustadt is teeming with a diversity of architectural styles which make this historical district so attractive. A place where Art Nouveau and neoclassical buildings sit contentedly side by side.
Place de la République, the Palais du Rhin and the Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire display the architecture of the German Neo-Renaissance.
The Municipal Baths on Boulevard de la Victoire are a key example of Jugendstil, a German Art Nouveau movement. And the Église Saint Paul is a perfect embodiment of the Gothic style.

The Court of Strasbourg has a more eclectic style. Its architecture is inspired by the Italian Renaissance and borrows various elements from Ancient Greece: the acroterion, the portico and the allegory of Justice with the scales and sword.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: A Richly-Deserved Designation

The city of Strasbourg and the Ministry of Culture have submitted an application for the district of Neustadt to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The project entitled “De la Grande Île à la Neustadt” (From Grande Île to Neustadt) aims to protect and enhance this valuable historical district for the city. A response is expected in July 2017. Many tourists and Strasbourg residents support the application for Neustadt to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Your hostel in the heart of the Neustadt

Next to the Court of Strasbourg and the Eglise Saint Paul, Ciarus is located in the centre of this beautiful historical district. Come and enjoy the Ciarus for a pleasant stay in a hostel at the Neustadt, a stone’s throw from the city centre of Strasbourg.



Photo credit : © Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia Commons


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