THINGS TO DO IN STRASBOURG
Where is Strasbourg?
Strasbourg is situated on the border between France and Germany, sometimes confused as being in Germany; history shows there was a great battle between the countries to claim the region. Strasbourg is part of the beautiful Alsace region which is surrounded by the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. Strasbourg is just minutes from the west bank of the Rhine River.
How To Get To Strasbourg
Strasbourg is directly west from Paris and conveniently located between a number of bigger cities. There are several options for travelling from Paris to Strasbourg.
By car it will take roughly 5 hours; by train, conveniently 1 hour 45 minutes. For obvious reasons, most people travel to Strasbourg from Paris using their very efficient public transport system, with Gare Strasbourg being centrally located. The heart of Strasbourg is a pedestrian hub, so if you have a car, you need to park outside the town and walk in.
From Gare Strasbourg, you can also connect to Frankfurt, Basel, Nice, Amsterdam and Prague.
Things To Do In Strasbourg
Strasbourg is a remarkable city which boasts medieval history and a vibrant and colourful feel. There are so many things to do in and around Strasbourg. From the pedestrianised streets, great cafes, restaurants and bars, Strasbourg is truly alive!
For food and wine lovers, the area is known for their great local produce and vineyards. You can enjoy a self guided gourmet tour or a wine tour in the Alsace Wine Region.
Here is a list of things to do and see when you are in Strasbourg:
- Wander La Petite France – admire the narrow lanes, canals and locks – simply stunning! Keep an eye out Grande Ile which is simply fairy tale-like with half-timbered houses.
- Participate in a bike tour with a local.
- Place de la Republique – the main square in Strasbourg.
- Cathedrale Notre Dame.
- Astronomical clock – you can also go up to the viewing platform which is 66ft high.
- Join a historical walking tour in Strasbourg’s city centre.
- Grande Mosque de Strasbourg – France’s biggest mosque.
- Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame – for an incredible display of some of France’s most incredible sculptures, which includes some of the original cathedral statues.
- Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain – for a great collection of work by Rodin and Picasso.
- Musee Alsacien – for the history buffs, you can see more about the region throughout history.
- Explore the Alsace Wine Region on an organised tour or hire a car and self-drive.
Day Trips From Strasbourg
Strasbourg and the Alsace Region is a great area to explore by foot, ride a bike, drive, take a tour or even get on a train. There are great day trip opportunities from Strasbourg. The options are bound to create the most memorable visit to Strasbourg for you.
There are fantastic bike tours available from Strasbourg and will vary in duration and activities, dependent on what you are looking for.
Do yourself a favour and explore beyond Strasbourg itself! The villages in the Alsace region are simply breathtaking and not to be missed. You can easily do this if you have a car, or if you prefer to be shown around, book a seat on an organised tour. The streets are cobble stoned, quaint little laneways, beautiful cafes to stop in for a coffee and patisserie.
Enjoy the rolling hills Colmar and the cobbled street town of Euguisheim, visit the walled village of Riquewihr and visit the 12th century fortress of High Koenigsbourg.
The Alsace Wine Region
If you enjoy a wine, be sure to explore the extensive and picturesque Alsace wine region. From Strasbourg you book a seat on a Alsation wine tasting tour with lunch – the perfect, hassle-free day out!
Stop in and sample the region’s characteristic white wines including Riesling. Popular villages to explore on the Alsace wine route are Mittelbergheim, Dambach-la-Ville, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr.
Here is a list of some of the most popular vineyards and villages to visit:
You can even do a guided tasting and cellar visit at Au Péché Vigneron, in Gertwiller.
What Else To See In Strasbourg
Christmas Market In Strasbourg
If you can visit Strasbourg in December, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the world famous Christmas Markets in the Capitale de Noel – Strasbourg. Christmas in Europe is truly remarkable and known for the magic they produce at their Christmas markets; Strasbourg’s will not disappoint! The city is known to light up and ooze Christmas spirit for all ages.
Where To Stay In Strasbourg
Strasbourg is a beautiful city to stay in and you could certainly spend several days touring around the sites. The most highly sort after area to stay is within La Petite France and the pedestrianised area. The buildings in Strasbourg are so beautiful, you are bound to find somewhere completely magical and memorable for your stay in Strasbourg.
Nearby cities and villages to Strasbourg are also well worth consideration for lodging. There are beautiful smaller towns in the Alsace Region where you will find some lovely accommodation. These include:
Like most European cities, it is a good idea to do your research, look at a map and find the location that will work best for you. There is a great range of hotels and bed and breakfasts and you are always best to read hotel reviews from past guests.
This picture perfect village is nestled between two mountain ranges and therefore the weather in Strasbourg can be very mild and temperate. That said, Strasbourg experiences signficant rainfall throughout the year. In Winter, despite the chilly temperatures, you will pray for Strasbourg to snow and be covered by the white blanket.