Strasbourg, for centuries considered the “Crossroads of Europe”, is located in the Alsace Region of France, close to Freiburg. In the Middle Ages, it’s function as an important European meeting place was expressed in the innumerable squares and market places that supported international exchange. Today, Strasbourg’s unique identity finds expression in its role as seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
Of special note for making cities livable are the major improvements in livability that Strasbourg has achieved in the last 15 years, including its exemplary light rail system that runs through the city center and out to suburban areas, and the city’s wealth of traffic-free squares within a fine-grained, mixed-use urban fabric. In 1994, IMCL awarded Strasbourg the IMCL City of Vision Award. We are proud to work with the City of Strasbourg to bring participants to this city for the "Cities of Vision Study Tour" to learn from Strasbourg’s continuing leadership in these aspects of livability.