Top attractions in Strasbourg
Known as the seat of European Parliament, Strasbourg has plenty of tourism, from opera to open spaces, art to architecture. Want to know what to see here? Follow our guide for the best views, tours and destinations.
It's hard not to be impressed by one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The Astronomical Clock is worth a few minutes of your time, and try to stay for the light show.
When engineering and architecture meet, the results can define a landscape - this is one of those attractions. The dam offers some of the best views in and of the city.
Visitors can sit in on monthly four-day plenary sessions to see democracy in action. This is free but must be booked at least two months in advance. Offered in most languages.
Relatively quiet, even in summer, Petite France is a small cluster of medieval houses and baroque buildings on the Grande Isle of Strasbourg. Try a self-guided walking tour.
Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas, and was home to the first Christmas Market in 1570. It's most festive in the evening when lit up by thousands of fairy lights.
This famed wine-lover's pilgrimage is a holiday in itself, tracking through vineyards from Vignoble to Strasbourg. Beautiful views of the region can be enjoyed from Couronne D'Or.
Just meters from the cathedral, the palace contains the museums of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Archeology. The three-in-one ticket offers value.
There is excellent sightseeing to be had without wearing out your shoes, if you opt for a river tour. The city looks particularly magical at night, as buildings are lit up along the river.
RC Strasbourg Alsace are a popular draw to the city. The team plays football at Stadt de la Meinau and although in recent years they have not been in top form, they are one of only six teams to win all three top french football trophies. They also have a popular basketball team - Strasbourg IG.
Fancy an extra dose of sightseeing? A day trip will take you further afield - Strasbourg is on the German border, just two hours' drive or train from Heidelberg or two and a half from Stuttgart.
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- Spring, late summer and early fall are the best times to visit the city, because the temperatures are mild and tolerable, great for spending time outdoors sightseeing and traveling around.
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What people are saying about Strasbourg
My wife and I were really happy to join this tour. We luckily got the nice blue sky after arriving the top of hill which has the big cross and good scenery. All wine were very good. Riesling wine was so nice. And the other participants and the tour guide are very friendly and cute. Especially the owner of winery in the south side of the earth is very serious. He wrote down all the points of the explanation from the winery persons. It should be done by us. Finally I really appreciate for giving me the chance to join this tour. I find out the Alsace wine is match for me.
I would happily recommend this tour as it is a really good way to see loads of Strasbourg in a short space of time. Barbara, our guide, was very knowledgeable, pointing out things that you wouldn’t notice by yourself. The tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours but there were several stops and Strasbourg is totally flat so, it wasn’t a problem (although the kids moaned a bit - but then they always do).
Our stops were wonderful, but our guide (Oliver) really made the trip. He was pleasant, courteous, had very good english, and really knew his history. We very much enjoyed the lesson of the Alsace region, the history behind the towns and vineyards, and of course there was the castle... We will do another tour (probably wine-tasting) with your firm next time!
Four of us opted to do this ( purchased on line before we left the states) and all had a good time. Offerings were varied at the different establishments, our French was poor, but all 4 had a good time trying to find the various businesses and trying, as well as purchasing some , their offerings. only took us a leisurely 30 to 45 minutes.
The city pass is an excellent option, as it's great value for money. Even if you only do three activities, it works out cheaper than if you pay for them separately. There's a very good description of all the things you can do, so you can choose your favourites at your leisure. Highly recommend the cruise!