Strong symbol of the development of relations between Strasbourg and Kehl, the extension of line D of the tramway will enable you to visit a German city in 20 minutes.
Ideally located in the heart of Europe, Strasbourg is the privileged city for foreign students wanting to visit the continent. It is a true European crossroad and today its position as a European city is consolidated by the creation of the first French cross-border tram line that connects downtown Strasbourg to Kehl, Germany.
The extension of line D to Kehl has many advantages. It will facilitate movement, commercial and economic development while acting on the air quality. Indeed, the more than 20 000 people from Strasbourg working across the border are travelling by car or bus. Now thanks to the new extension of line D it takes 20 minutes to go to Kehl from the city center of Strasbourg which is about 5 km.
However, this extension is not the first. It existed between 1897 and 1918 and between 1942 and 1944 when Strasbourg belonged to Germany. Thus, today it represents the symbol of Franco-German friendship found again and free movement in Europe. The mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries said "Some want to build walls, we, with the Germans, we build a bridge".
After long studies which began in 2008, three years of work for the creation of a bridge over above the Rhine and a budget of more than 97 million euros, the extension of the tramway line was inaugurated this weekend, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017. To celebrate this and promote the new line, Strasbourg and Kehl organized the "tramfest". During two days, activities were proposed on each side of the Rhine such as: visits, walks, exhibitions, concerts, orchestras and even games of tracks.
When you come to study in Strasbourg, you will first discover the many treasures of the Alsace region, but you will also be able to extend your social and cultural life very easily and cheaply by visiting Kehl, on the other side of the Rhine, thanks to the extension of line D.