Get ready for a fantastic adventure in Strasbourg! This is where the vibes of both French and German cultures come together ✨
Strasbourg is the European Parliament’s cool hangout spot. The city effortlessly mixes its historical charm with a modern, international flair. Medieval magic, charming canals, and a buzzing cultural scene…
With its Alsatian landscapes, Strasbourg promises an unforgettable journey at every twist and turn. Especially with Christmas on the way, lots of people dream of a Strasbourg holiday and we can’t blame them 🎄
Where is Strasbourg?
Strasbourg is in the northeast of France. It is close to the German border and acts as the capital of the Grand Est region along the Rhine River.
When in Strasbourg, don’t forget to taste Alsatian delicacies such as:
- Choucroute (sauerkraut with sausages and meats)
- Tarte flambée (a thin-crust pizza with bacon and onions)
- Baeckeoffe (a slow-cooked casserole with meat and potatoes)
How to go to Strasbourg?
To reach Strasbourg, you can consider various transportation options. You might choose to fly to Strasbourg International Airport or take a train, as the city has a well-connected railway system.
🥖 It is possible to travel from Strasbourg to Paris without having to change trains. There are approximately 16 direct trains from Strasbourg to Paris each day.
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When to Visit Strasbourg?
It is the capital of Christmas Markets! So, Christmastime would be a great choice.
Other than Christmastime, consider visiting Strasbourg during the spring (April to June) or fall (September to November). It is the time when mild weather and a delightful cityscape fill the city. Plus, you can avoid the summer tourist crowds.
Places to Visit in Strasbourg
Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Strasbourg Cathedral)
It is a stunning Gothic masterpiece in Strasbourg, France. Its construction began in the 12th century. The cathedral features intricate architecture, impressive sculptures, and a renowned astronomical clock. It is a symbol of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Palais Rohan is a magnificent building with a rich history. It was built between 1732 and 1742. It was once the residence for the prince-bishops of Strasbourg. The palace’s architecture reflects a blend of Baroque and Neoclassical styles.
Today, the Palais Rohan houses three major museums:
- Museum of Decorative Arts (Musée des Arts Décoratifs)
- Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
- Archaeological Museum (Musée Archéologique)
Parc de l'Orangerie
It is one of the oldest parks in Strasbourg, dating back to the 17th century. It spans approximately 26 hectares and is known for its picturesque landscapes. The park includes a large artificial lake where visitors can rent boats, as well as walking paths, lawns, and flowerbeds.
A highlight of the park is the Orangerie Building, a classic 18th-century structure that once housed orange trees during winter.
La Petite France
La Petite France in Strasbourg is a charming historic quarter known for its half-timbered houses, canals, and cobblestone streets. It’s a picturesque area with a distinctive Alsatian atmosphere. It offers shops, restaurants, and a glimpse into the city’s medieval past.
The area took its name after the hospice for syphilis patients in the 16th century.
The Strasbourg seat of the European Parliament is in the Louise Weiss building. The decision to have two locations symbolises the reconciliation of France and Germany after World War II.
Visitors can have tours of the European Parliament here. It’s advisable to check the official European Parliament website for the most up-to-date information on tour availability and scheduling.