Strasbourg Travel Guide

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Strasbourg Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful Terrain, Architecture & Merging of European Cultural Styles, Relaxing. 

  • Con
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     Can be rainy at the foot of the Vosges, some central seedy areas 

  • In a nutshell
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     the city takes you back into the 17th century 

Strasbourg Things to Do

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame is known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. The Cathedral stands on the exact site of a roman temple built on a little hill above the muddy ground. The first version of the church was starting to be built during 1015 by proposal of Bishop Werner von Habsburg, but fire destroyed most of the...

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  • La Petite France

    Follow the progress of the tour boat as it progresses through the locke. It only took a few minutes ( less than 5 minutes) to float to the top. Watching from the bank makes one marvel at the initiative of man as he harvested water flow many centuries ago.

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  • Boat trip on the river

    We read in a tourist guide that a good way to get oriented in Strasbourg was to take the river boat tour of the city. We parked for free at Place d'Etoile and took the trolley into town. We followed signs to the Cathedral and then walked down the street beside the cathedral (past all the tourist shops) to the river. The boat tours run all day and...

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Strasbourg Restaurants

  • Excellent Meal

    Our last night in Strasbourg we found a restaurant a few blocks back from our hotel.We wanted something with a little spice and certainly enjoyed our meal. In fact the best meal we had during our 4 nights in Strasbourg.The business card - I think the address is for another takeaway they have nearby. Phone for a reservation.

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  • It's nothing like vegetarian food

    Gourmet vegetarian food at a decent price. Eating vegetarian food in France isn't easy, and I've rarely enjoyed the cuisine here for which the country is so famous. Sometimes you find something special, and this is one such place. The food is experimental without being bizarre. It's gourmet but with a focus on taste. The presentation is amazing but...

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  • Traditional Food in a Traditional...

    It's all a bit touristy but you have to at least once eat in one of the old houses of Strasbourg and sample the cuisine of Alsace. L'Ancienne Douane is renowned for being ancient, hence the name, dating back to 1358. It also must hold the record for feeding the most people at the same time, with around 600 seats. The food is decent, the service...

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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

  • Tram

    Since we stayed on the outskirts of town and didn't have a good map, we decided to take the tram instead of walking to the center. The ticket was 1.60€ each way or 3.10€ round trip. The closest stop to the Comfort Hotel was Montagne Vert and we took it to Homme de Fer which is within walking distance of the cathedral. Both line B and F stopped at...

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  • Air

    Strasbourg has a small international airport serviced by a number of major carriers, including Iberia, Czech Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. There's also a couple of budget airlines, like Ryanair. The Alsace region also has a much bigger airport on the Swiss border called Euroairport. It handles five times the passengers, and is serviced by many more...

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  • Train

    If you spend more than a couple of days in Strasbourg you'll probably want to be making use of Strasbourg's central train station to visit many of the nearby attractions. Within easy day trips of the city you can see Colmar (as smaller, cleaner more compact Strasbourg), Mulhouse (with two of the greatest vehicle museums in the world), Basel (a...

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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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  • Supermarkets in the City Centre

    There are only two big supermarkets in Strasbourg's city centre, which means they are packed at most times of the day. They are Monoprix and Simply (a branch of Auchan). Simply is on Rue des Grandes Arcades, halfway between Place Gutenberg and Place Kleber. You will find the slightly better Monoprix supermarket on Place Kleber itself, in a basement...

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Strasbourg Local Customs

  • 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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  • HOUSE OF COVERED BRIDGES

    I must admit I was quite surprised when I saw children playing in a playground at this house.Why you may ask? Well, it is surrounded by water on both sides and only has a low fence to prevent them from falling/jumping into the water.This house is the one you see near the Covered Bridges in Petit France.This house is where divorced or separated...

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  • What is Picon

    Walking around the city, I noticed a lot of advertisements showing a bottle of Picon. When we stopped at the Academie De La Biere was asked our waitress what is was. Her English was very good (and our French was even worse) so she ended up bringing out a small glass of it. She mimed that the glass contained about 1/3 Picon and 2/3's beer. The taste...

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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

  • Canals and rivers

    There are numerous rivers and canals in and around Strasbourg. As the sign says, this particular one is the canal from the Marne to the Rhine.Second photo: This ship anchored at Quai des Belges is called Naviscope Alsace and is a museum of the Rhine and navigation. It is unfortunately closed on Mondays, which is when I took this picture.Third...

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  • Basel

    Basel is an ancient city - older probably than the castle the Romans built upon the rise on which the city's cathedral now stands. It's an international city - standing at the tri-nation border of Switzerland, France and Germany, it has a long tradition of multinational operations and agreements. It's station was the first international station in...

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  • Mulhouse

    Mulhouse has made the most of its industrial heritage by building not one but two of the greatest vehicle museums in the world. The Cité de l’Automobile has an enormous collection - around 520 cars in all. Its sister museum, the Cité du Train, has exhibits spread out of 6000 square meters. If all that isn't enough you also have Electropolis - the...

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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

  • When to Visit

    Strasbourg's low season is in August, and unlike some other parts of France the weather here can be very pleasant at that time of the year. The peak season starts in September, perhaps the city's most pleasant month, and carries on through Christmas - a really busy period when hotel prices can shoot up due to the Christmas markets.The absolute...

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  • Strasbourg Pass

    Although the pass is a 3 day pass, even daytrippers can take advantage of the savings with the Strasbourg card. We bought ours at the tourist information center for 14.90€ and used it for admission to the towers of the cathedral (5€), the daily showing of the astronomical clock (2€), the one hour 10 minute boat ride on the Ill River (9.20€) and a...

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  • TOURIST OFFICE

    Before visiting the Cathedral, we went to Information Office in Cathedral Place. What I wanted to buy, was the Strasbourg pass. I had worked out what we wanted to see and do, and it was good value to buy one.Lucky for me, the lady behind the counter told me the Little Petit Train wasn't operating, so this made a difference to the value of the Pass....

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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Strasbourg

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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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