Place Gutenberg is a great orientation point for visitors to Strasbourg. It is a nice, clean open square with a statue of Gutenberg, the inventor of movable print. Many hotels, shops, and restaurants radiate around and down side streets from the square. The range of shopping near the square is impressive: from high-end boutiques selling famous perfume and leather goods to quaint local shops selling steins, coo-coo clocks, and local craft. For sightseeing, in one direction from the square, the amazing Strasbourg Cathedral is no more than a five minute walk. Please visit the cathedral. It is ENORMOUS and captures the spirit of pure gothic architecture--one of the finest examples of gothic style. In the opposite direction, the charming Petite France is no more than a fifteen minute walk (in the direction of the train station). Here you will find traditional timbered buildings that line the picturesque canals of the Ill River. Sweet storybook atmosphere! So, although the actual Place Gutenberg doesn't offer much as far as parks and landmarks, it's a great central point to access the best of Strasbourg. One slight disappointment: there are no souveniers on Gutenberg--at least that I found. As a fan of literature and books, I had hoped to find something nice to commemorate my visit to the square.
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