If you want tumultuous history you’ve come to the right place! Strasbourg’s official history goes back 2,000 years. It has been part of the Holy Roman Empire, part of Germany and France numerous times, and today, is the official seat of the European Parliament. At the confluence of the River Ill and the Rhine, Strasbourg offered at once a beautiful and strategic location. Its “Grand Ile” historic city center was the first entire city core to be named a World UNESCO Heritage Site. The region of Alsace has also been confered the accolades as one of the top ten destinations on Earth by Lonely Planet!