Strasbourg Travel Guide

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    Strasbourg Cathedral France
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Strasbourg Things to Do

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Like many cathedrals and places with high towers, you can climb to the top for some exercise and a magnificent view. Strasbourg’s cathedral also has a tower climb, except that it doesn’t take you to the top of the tower, but rather you stop short of the spire, which, at 142 meters, was once the highest church spire in the world until the 1800s. The...

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  • La Petite France

    Located on the southwest side of the island that makes up the city center of Strasbourg, the Petite France area is one of the most beautiful in the city. We were there on a clear summer day and the flower boxes along the pathways and the half-timbered buildings were in full bloom. This area was created around the canals of the River Ill and is...

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  • Place Gutenberg

    4 out of 5 stars

    "What the world is today, good and bad, it owes to Gutenberg. Everything can be traced to this source, but we are bound to bring him homage, ... for the bad that his colossal invention has brought about is overshadowed a thousand times by the good with which mankind has been favored." ~American writer Mark Twain In the center of Place...

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Strasbourg Restaurants

  • Academie de la Biere

    Well, it wasn’t our night for finding beers or food. After the poor service at Brassiere la Lanterne, we headed over to Petite France to the Academie de la Biere, a corner restaurant that serves lots of beers from around the world. We sat down at a table outside about the same time another gentleman took another table. And there we waited…and...

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  • Micro Brassierie

    We headed to the Lantern for an evening out, hoping to try some of their beers and perhaps get some dinner along the way. This place was closed earlier in the day, so we returned after it opened and took a seat. There were very few people in the bar when we arrived, although it started to fill up as we were there.This place turned out to be a...

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  • Flam’s

    We both enjoy Flammkuchen (Tarte flambée in French) and this is the region from which it comes. There were lots of places to order it (just about every restaurant in Strasbourg), so one of the stops we made was Flam’s. I’ll admit, it is more of a chain-type restaurant, but we’d had Flammkucken on many occasions in many places, so this was another...

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Strasbourg Nightlife

  • See the Cathedral Facade At Night

    Although the west facade is not heavily illuminated at night it still makes a fine sight to study with such a complex variety of sculptures. There are other buildings that stand out in the dark as well in the older part of town.

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  • A passion for Theater: the TNS

    Alsacians (and among them Strabourg's inhabitants) absolutely love theater, be it classical, regional or modern.The TNS (Theatre National de Strasbourg) presents a special status among french theaters : It is one of the 5 "théâtre national" in France (beside Comédie Française, Odéon, Théâtre national de la Colline and Théâtre national de Chaillot)...

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  • boat on a river

    Le Rafiot is a boat on the river and its converted to the musical cafe/bar the atmosphere is quite romantic and the teenagers of strasbourg like to spend their time with a beer or equivalent beverages on this boat no needed

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Strasbourg Transportation

  • Trams

    Strasbourg has a wonderful modern tram system around the city. The sleek looking trains are quiet as they go about Strasbourg. There are six lines covering over 35 miles of terrain and can get people to just about anywhere in the city. The trams can get travelers close to just about anywhere they need to go and, as further extensions are still...

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  • Ortenau-S-Bahn

    This is a small local (but international) train which connects the French city of Strasbourg with the nearby Germany towns of Kehl, Kork, Legelshurst, Appenweier and Offenburg, just across the Rhine River. The reason I took it recently was that I wanted to catch a connecting ICE train at Offenburg, going up to Frankfurt.The Ortenau-S-Bahn is run by...

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  • Construction at the Central Station

    The square in front of the central train station is one big construction site at present [= June 2006], both because of improvements to the tram system and in preparation for the new high-speed rail line TGV Est, which will reach Strasbourg in 2007.Train travel from Strasbourg to Paris will then take only 2 hours and 20 minutes, instead of four...

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Strasbourg Shopping

  • Local flavor shops

    Strasbourg is very famous for lot of number of high -end chocolate shops. In fact these shops is much look like chocolate jewelry shops. All chocolate creations and candies are like art. They are very delicious but the only problem is that prices are also seemed closer to jewelry store than to a candy store. But enjoy, life is only one!!!!!

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  • Christmas Market

    The atmosphere of Strasbourg's Christmas markets should be experienced by everyone. Walking around in the crisp air beneath the city's fabulous Cathedral while browsing through gifts reflective of France brings a whole new perspective to the holiday spirit! Everything from French postcards depicting the cathedral, to sweaters, berets, candles,...

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  • La Village de la Biere

    Here’s a little shop in which you can purchase all sorts of different craft beers, beer glasses, and beer accessories. Belgian beers, UK beers, along with beers from other countries were available for purchase. It was quite popular while we were there, although the prices were high. We didn’t buy anything because we just happened upon the place...

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Strasbourg Local Customs

  • White Storks

    While in Strasbourg, you’ll see lots of storks in the shops – plush dolls, ceramic storks, stork books, and anything else you can imagine someone putting a picture of a stork on. What is it with storks and Strasbourg?The white stork is a symbol of Strasbourg and you can see their nests high atop buildings and church towers. It is said that if a...

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  • Bathrooms – WC – Toiletten

    When traveling in Europe whenever you are visiting a restaurant or a museum, try to use their WC facilities if at all possible. Typically they are maintained and are free. But sometimes you are just walking around the town and find you have a need. If you find yourself in this predicament, it is helpful to know where to “go”. My typical comment in...

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  • Il est interdit de scotcher!

    From this sign in the Palais des Fêtes I learned that there is a verb in French called scotcher, which means to fasten something with Scotch tape.You're not allowed to paste, pin, nail, tack or tape anything to these walls, okay?Update: Several years later in Lille I learned that there is now a verb in the French language called biper (first...

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Strasbourg Warnings and Dangers

  • Travelling with Small Children

    Strasbourg is child friendly, and the locals love children more than most places I've taken my son (13 countries now). People were saying hello, patting him on the head, and going out of their way to be helpful. Restaurants were no problem, pavements were well maintained, trams had wide, low doors and there were elevators or ramps everywhere we...

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  • No Trouble

    Before visiting I'd read that the station area, along with the Homme de Fer transport hub and the central Place Kleber were potentially dodgy, but I didn't feel uncomfortable anywhere in Strasbourg. There were lots of noisy drunks in the Cathedral area, every night after about 10pm, but I didn't notice any trouble. It's your typical, safe European...

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  • Strasbourg is safe but don't challenge...

    I lived in Strasbourg for 7 months, as a foreign student, in a student hall in Neudorf. I circulated a lot afterhours in bars, cafes and boites and never have I had a problem -and I'm a girl. Yes, in the last few months we have heard about rapings and racial crimes that seemed to be directed towards people of the jewish community -2 for instance....

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Strasbourg Tourist Traps

  • Car Parking

    Many of the street level car parks in Strasbourg are occupied by men (unofficial) hussling you for money to look after your car. They will normally tell you not to put any money in the machine, but to give it to them. I have used these car-parks twice, and both times the men where still there when I returned to get my car, and there was no...

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  • Shops around the Cathedral

    Anyone who knows Strasbourg and particularly te Petite France area will know that it has become a bit of a honeypot for tourists and the tourism hub of the region, providing plenty of income for the Alsace. The local economy must benefit hugely from the immense number of wandering tourists who seem to end up in the profusion of trinket/souvenir...

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  • Encountered nothing

    I did not encounter any tourist trap...But the sign inside of the Cathedral said 'Beware of Pick Pockets' I was also told not to leave my car on the street..which I did and was lucky..no break in or damage..I would use good judgment on parking..I did notice in some areas there were hustlers asking for money to watch your cars,,,

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Strasbourg What to Pack

  • What to pack?

    money or credit card (Strasbourg is expensive city) comfortable shoes for long walkingan umbrella because of rain which is often scene for Strasbourg lot of memory cards for camera

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  • Pack for Mid June

    Keep your luggage that you don't need at your hotel as carrying around a lot will make you look like a tourist Weather is generally quite pleasant in June so in most cases dress lightly, but still bring a light jacket in case it rains.

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  • My booktip for Strasbourg

    My booktip for Strasbourg is one to understand the Elsace and her turbulent history of war:'Im Westen nichts neues' of Erich Maria Remarque is a classic anti-war novel which deals with the First World War. It has been translated in many languages, including English (No news from the western front).

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Strasbourg Off The Beaten Path

  • Kronenbourg Brewery

    Since Hubby enjoys beer so much, we decided we’d swing by the Kronenbourg Brewery for a look. It was early on Sunday morning so we knew it wasn’t open, but he just wanted to see it and snap a photo to say he had been there. And it was just as well, since the brewery does not offer tours to the public.Kronenbourg is now part of the Carlsberg Group,...

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  • Day Trip To Obernai

    We travelled to Obernai by local bus which departs from the stop outside the Strasbourg rail station. All too easy. We returned by train later that day. Our rail and bus tickets were very cheap and we most likely saved 100 Euros or more by not purchasing a tour.Obernai is an easy town to walk, most of the buildings have been preserved and it is...

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  • Day Trip To Colmar

    We took a day visit to Colmar during the last days of August 2012. We booked 4 nights accommodation in Strasbourg with the intention of visiting other towns within the Alsace region.We attempted to join a day bus tour that included Colmar and several wineries, but found the tours fully booked and then decided to do it by ourselves. As it often...

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Strasbourg Sports & Outdoors

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    by olderworker Written Oct 5, 2008

    Strasbourg has more bike paths in the city than most other cities in the world, certainly more than in the rest of France.

    Also, there are really gorgeous places nearby, still in the province of Alsace, that have lovely bike paths also.

    Equipment: mountain bikes are best, as some of the paths have "heaves" or other rough patches.

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Strasbourg Favorites

  • What a beautiful city!

    One of my favorite parts of Strasbourg was simply walking around and looking at the architecture. From the Petite France to the fine homes along the canals, this is a beautiful city! We had a beautiful sunny day with blue skies (my favorite) so I enjoyed simply walking around and taking photos. On Sunday morning of our weekend, we decided to go for...

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  • Getting the good shots in Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is a city that is full of people – or it seems that way because there is such a small square in front of the cathedral and the pedestrian zone seems crowded wherever you go. As you head out away from the city center, you see less people and the streets open up. However, for getting people photos, you want to be in that city center. There...

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  • Bakeries

    The French know how to bake! And whenever I am in France I frequently visit the bakeries to sample the delights – whether éclairs, croissants, pain au chocolate, or the ever-so-humble yet very delicious baguette. Strasbourg has a number of bakeries – they are not hard to find. We sampled from a couple of them and found them to be all basically...

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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Strasbourg

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For centuries, the French/German border has swayed to either side of the Alsace region, so it makes sense that Strasbourg, France, would have the oldest and most famous Christmas market in France, the Marchés de Noël. The market has been held around the town's cathedral since 1570, and in addition to the spiced wine usually offered at Christmas markets, those in Strasbourg have a tradition of spicy hot orange juice. Strasbourg also provides an ideal starting point to explore some of the well-known but smaller nearby Christmas markets, like Baden-Baden, Karlshruhe, & Stuttgart in Germany.

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