Dear visitors. Please listen to my sad story. I was a teenage demon, in holiday in Strasbourg, and I was trying to scare everybody around the Notre Dame cathedral. Suddenly, my boss, Mr D, slapped me in the face 'cause I was fooling around too much : slapped me so hard that I've finished my way incrusted within the walls of the Cathedral itself... I'm here to warn you: don't fool around here !!!
Beware, whilst the canals of Strasbourg's Petite France area are stunningly beautiful, they inevitably harbour some unsavory lives. On one day we visited this rat captivated an audience of tourists by trying to catch ducks in the canal!
Hautepierre should definitely be avoided by tourists - it is really dodgy and full of pick-pockets. You should also avoid the city centre late at night even if you are in a group. I speak from experience. I was walking home with my friends from a bar around midnight and we were attacked by four youths (who coincidentaly were actually from Hautepierre as we later found out from the police) It was the most scariest experience of my life and there were two guys with us!!
Well, we do have a lot of pickpockets in Strasbourg but not more than any other big cities, so just be careful and don't put your wallet in the back pocket of your jeans and things like this.
Just take average precautions and you'll have no problems.
Be ware of the Gypsies, they are everywhere begging for your money. They will use small children to get your sympathies. In reality, they have more money than YOU do!
Pick pockets are also a problem. Do not leave anything dangeling from your neck or waist. It is an invitation to a thief.
Avoid Place Kléber and Place de l'Homme de Fer on weekdays and saturdays, especially on the evening .... These places are really nothing special for tourists so I strongly recommend you to avoid them ....
Shops and a few attractions close down on sunday and monday (sometime saturday too) ... Sure Strasbourg is not THE town to visit for shopping purpose, but it's still very annoying when nothing s opened on the main the shopping streets ...
This may sound funny (and it was) but the warning is real. If you go for a swim at a pool, you MUST have a swimming suit that is very brief. No boxer types are allowed!
Bernd was asked to leave the pool when he entered wearing the wrong style. He was angry! He tried to 'modify' his suit but each time he was asked to leave the pool!
After so many tries (he even cut the old swimsuit and tied socks to the suit to make it look 'brief') the oficials began to laugh at his attempts to get into the pool!
The only problem I encountered whilst there, was beggers. They seem to hang around at the pay points on the stations for the tram system. Once they see someone is about to pay, they come over to you asking for money. They are mainly women or young girls. None of them though got nasty if refused, they walked away
After a few hours of sightseeing, my husband and I sat down in a nice beer garden and ordered two beers. They were delicious - but when we got the bill, we didn't trust our eyes!!!
The equivalent of € 5 for one beer!!!
So in order to avoid a shock like that, check prices beforehand, they might be a little out of bounce!
This town is way overcrowded during the Christmas season. My day was one of fights(in the must see Church), and pizza stands almost getting knocked over by me and my fellow customers waiting in line from a stampeed, and helping a poor homeless women get up off the street where some people had knocked her down. Also a friend of mine got his pocket picked. If you want to see this beautiful town, dont go during during the holidays. In the church in which 2 different people actually got a bit ruff with me. Pulling my hair, and pushing me around. Just all part of the day...nothing I cant handle!! *g*
There is a new trend amongst youth in France: a game where they set cars alight. Apparently Strasbourg is top of the league in France for this entertainment so if you have an expensive car you might want a hotel with a garage...
Don't go through the covered bridge cause it smells a bit nasty... But you should enter it and go on the top of it... This is the only way to see Petit France from a higher place and top make some pictures.
ENGLISH VERSION Take care of pickpockets and hashish dealers near the railway station (gare centrale) and also in city center (Place Kléber - Place de l'homme de fer - Place Gutemberg) and in shoping center 'Les halles'. Some of them can be violent as well... France in not a safe country anymore, unfortunately !
VERSION FRANCAISE Faites attention aux pickpockets et aux dealers de drogue dans le quartier de la gare centrale, ainsi qu'à la Place Kleber, Place de l'Homme de fer, Place Gutemberg et Place des halles (centre commercial).Certains d'entre-eux peuvent parfois se montrer violents. La France n'est malheureusement plus un pays très sûr ...
There seemed to be a fair few vagrants hitting the bottle around Strasbourg, and although in general they did not bother us too much, we were spoken to by several of them and were gesticulated at once or twice. I'd say, just take the ususal precations around such people and cross the street before you reach them, if possible.