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7 Essential Things To Do In Strasbourg, France

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Strasbourg, France is an absolutely enchanting city in the Alsace Region. The best things to do in Strasbourg are to walk the picturesque lanes, see the half-timbered houses and marvel at the incredibly detailed cathedral…but that is just the beginning.

Strasbourg sights all seemed to vie for our attention as we soaked in the charm of the city and we found that there is plenty to see and do. To help fellow travelers plan their visit, we are sharing our list of the top things to do in Strasbourg. 


What To Do in Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is a city that is both historic and modern. Boasting landmark architecture and a unique culture that is both French and German, the city dazzles visitors. The best things to do in Strasbourg are centrally located and easy to reach on foot. It is possible to visit Strasbourg in one day, but we can assure you there are reasons to stay longer!

We had 3 days in Strasbourg to explore and we discovered 7 essential things to do in Strasbourg to experience the best of the city.


Planning to Visit Strasbourg

We understand that there is so much more to planning a trip to Strasbourg than deciding what to see. In addition to our list of the best Strasbourg things to do, we share travel tips for visiting Strasbourg – like where to stay, how to get there and when to go – at the end of the blog post. 

Many travelers plan their trip to coincide with the famous Strasbourg Christmas Market – as it is the Alsace region’s best Christmas Market and a big reason to visit in the wintertime. In fact, our plan to visit Strasbourg was first inspired by the holiday market, but that year we ended up in Krakow, Poland instead – another one of the best European Christmas Markets.

Visitors traveling to the city for the historic Strasbourg Marche de Noel will have a slightly different experience than ours, but can still use our list of what to do in Strasbourg, France to plan their trip. 

Pro Tip: Get (and stay) organized for your trip to France by using our Travel Planning Printables!


The Best Things To Do in Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France is a city that appeals to many – history buffs, hard-core sightseers, shopaholics and foodies can all find something to love about Strasbourg! Our list of Essential Things To Do in Strasbourg incorporates a little of something for everyone’s trip to France.

As we already mentioned, getting around Strasbourg from sight to sight is easily done on foot or via tram. We have included links to Strasbourg sightseeing maps – and a helpful Map of Strasbourg Sights at the end of the article. 


#1 Size Up The Strasbourg Cathedral

Standing prominently in the Strasbourg city center, the Notre Dame Cathedral (also called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg) tops the list of city attractions.

With a spire that reaches 465 feet, the ornately decorated Gothic church can be seen from afar, but the best view is up close. It took more than 400 years to build the cathedral, which abounds with beauty, both inside and out.

When we visited the famous Strasbourg church, before entering we took time to marvel at the meticulous stone carvings on the facade, which rise above the arches of the three front doors. The carved cast of characters and intricate details extend to the top of the spire, which we could only see when we took a few steps backward into the cobblestoned square.

Inside the cathedral we gazed up at the Great Organ, clinging to the side of the nave like a barnacle, and inspected the delicately sculpted stone pulpit. From there, we turned back toward the entrance of the church for a wonderful view of the colorful Rose Window with sunlight streaming through it. Standing in the South Transept, we found the highly-touted Pillar of Angels and Strasbourg Cathedral Clock.


Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

The Strasbourg Clock dates to the year 1547, but was drastically enhanced in 1842 to include the astonishingly accurate planetary dial and ecclesiastical calendar mechanism. At 12:30 every day, the clock presents the 12 Apostles parading before Jesus and the cock crowing three times.

While the ‘show’ itself is not all that exciting, the Strasbourg Astronomical Clock video that begins at 12 noon was incredibly informative.

Note: A ticket is required to view the Notre Dame Clock 12:30 Presentation.


Strasbourg Cathedral Platform

The cathedral platform sits directly above the main portal at 217 feet. Visitors are invited to climb more than 330 steps to the platform for sweeping views that stretch over the classically tiled Strasbourg rooftops, the Alsace region and, when Strasbourg weather is clear, all the way to the German Black Forest.

Although it is the scenic view the lures people to top, we found the etchings at the base of the spire equally intriguing. Left by visitors of the past, some of the ornate carvings date to the 1600s.

Note: A ticket is required to climb the steps to the platform.


Strasbourg Notre Dame Cathedral Facts:

  • The Strasbourg, France Cathedral was built from the year 1015 to 1439.
  • The Cathedral reigned as the Tallest Building in the World for 227 years, from 1647 to 1874. Today, it ranks as the 6th-tallest Church in the world; of French cathedrals, it is the 2nd-tallest.
  • The Rose Window on the west facade measures 45-feet in diameter.
  • Some of the stained-glass windows date from the 12th-14th centuries.
  • Strasbourg Cathedral Opening Hours and Admission: The cathedral is open daily in the mornings and afternoons, but is closed for lunch. There is no charge to enter the cathedral – it is one of the best free things to do in Strasbourg!


Sights Around The Strasbourg Notre Dame Cathedral

Before leaving the vicinity of the cathedral, we recommend taking in the sights around the church. We are highlighting a few of the must-see Strasbourg sights near the church.


Maison Kammerzell

(Find Maison Kammerzell to the left of the cathedral.) Often referred to as ‘the most beautiful house in Strasbourg’, Maison Kammerzel dates to the 15th century and boasts phenomenal carvings on the facade.


Place du Chateau and Palais Rohan

(Find Place du Chateau and Palais Rohan to the right of the cathedral.) The spacious square, Place du Chateau, offers incredible views of the cathedral – plus plenty of seating for a picnic lunch and free public bathrooms.

Palais Rohan, built in the 1730s, was the residence of prince-bishops and cardinals; today it houses 3 museums (which can be visited for a fee). If the Palais Rohan doors are open, wander into the spacious courtyard for a glimpse at the interior.


Strasbourg Shops

(Find shops in all directions from the cathedral.) Shopping in Strasbourg is one of the activities – and the area surrounding the cathedral is a top place to do it. Shops line the pedestrian-only streets leading away from the cathedral in Old Town Strasbourg.

The most picturesque Strasbourg shopping street is Rue des Orfevres (Goldschmidtgass), which can be found leading away from the cathedral just past Maison Kammerzell.


Strasbourg Office du Tourisme

(Find the Tourist Office left of the cathedral.) The Strasbourg Tourist Office is the place to pick up information about the city, a Strasbourg tourist map and the Strasbourg Pass.

Link to Google Maps of Strasbourg Cathedral Sights.



#2 Cruise the River on a Strasbourg Boat Tour

Taking a boat trip in Strasbourg is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the city and should be on every Strasbourg itinerary!

We took a Strasbourg, France boat tour with Batorama. Their fleet of boats include both open-air and covered/air-conditioned options with multiple departures daily. The 1-hour boat trip around old Strasbourg, titled “20 Centuries of History,” offers commentary (via headset) in 12 languages (and special commentary for kids).

During our boat ride in Strasbourg, we were presented an introduction to the city, including Strasbourg facts and history, as well as information regarding the best places to visit in Strasbourg. As most of our city exploration was done on foot, it was lovely to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Note: The Batorama Strasbourg sightseeing boat requires a ticket. Bookings can be made online or in person at the Batorama office.



#3 Wander the Strasbourg Quartiers

Strasbourg is a small, yet diverse city. Centuries of history have left their imprint in the form of distinctive quartiers (or districts). While many tourists limit their visit to the Old Town and Petite France Strasbourg, the districts that lie beyond the Grande Ile are equally intriguing Strasbourg places to visit. We are listing our favorite Strasbourg neighborhoods to visit.

That said, visitors can learn more about the history and landmarks of Strasbourg on a tour. We opted to use the affordable Strasbourg Tourist Office Audio Guide (which came with a handy Strasbourg Walking Tour Map) for a tour of the Grande Ile. With the guide, we could move at our own pace to Strasbourg, France attractions and take as long as we wanted at each stop. Alternatively, travelers can join a guided city tour.


Old Town Strasbourg, France

At the heart of the city is the Strasbourg Cathedral – and around it the Old Town. Located on the Grande Ile (or Large Island), which is called such because it is encircled by the river and canal, the Old Town is a Strasbourg must-see! Take time to ramble along the quaint Strasbourg streets – which are home to some of the best shops and cafes in Strasbourg.


La Petite France Strasbourg

The Quartier des Tanneurs, or the Strasbourg Petite France district, is located west of the Old Town on the Grande Ile and on the small islands where the river splits into three channels. Considered by many to be the most attractive part of Strasbourg, it was once the poorest – and smelliest.

The area developed in the 14th century as a river port and housing was built there for the fishermen, millers and dock workers. The name, Petite France, comes from the 15th century, when a hospital was built on the island to contain patients with syphilis, which was nicknamed ‘French Disease,’ by Germans – thus, La Petite France.

Despite the unfortunate origins, visiting Petite France is one of the top Strasbourg, France things to do today.

Petite France Attractions in Strasbourg
Maison des Tanneurs Half Timbered House

The classic half-timbered Strasbourg house sits on the canal and was home to the Tanner’s Guild. For more beautiful half-timbered houses, walk down Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes, which begins in front of Maison des Tanneurs.

Ponts Couverts

Crossing the four river channels, Ponts Couverts – complete with three bridges and four towers – was built in the 13th century for defensive purposes. At the time, the bridge was covered to provide protection for the soldiers who stood guard on the bridge. No longer covered bridges, but still incredibly picturesque, Ponts Couverts is classified a historic monument.

Barrage Vauban

To the west of Ponts Couverts is Barrage Vauban, a dam built for city defense in the 17th century. If the city was attacked, doors could be lowered from the 13 arches on the dam, thus flooding the land south of the city and making it impossible for enemy soldiers to enter the city.

Today, visitors can walk through the arcade to cross the river – or ascend the stairs to the observation deck (open only during the day). The elevated lookout provides stunning views of Ponts Couverts, Petite France and the Strasbourg Cathedral.


Neustadt Strasbourg District

Neustadt (or New Town) is the district northeast of the Old Town. Featuring grand architecture, spacious squares and wide lanes, Neustadt was built as a new Strasbourg city center by the Germans from 1871 to 1918. The construction of Neustadt tripled the size of the city – and today the district hosts many Strasbourg things to see.

Among the Strasbourg, France tourist attractions in Neustadt are Place de la Republique, St. Paul’s Church, University Palace and Palace of Justice. Additionally, there are numerous villas (in various architectural styles – from Baroque Revival to Art Nouveau) along Allee de la Robertsau and the surrounding streets.


Krutenau Neighborhood

Located southeast of Grande Ile, Krutenau is not home to any Strasbourg top attractions, but it is definitely one of the places to go in Strasbourg! With origins as a low-class neighborhood, the district was overhauled in the 1970s to provide university student housing. With trendy restaurants and hip cafes, Krutenau is the center of Strasbourg nightlife.


European Quarter

Northeast of Neustadt is the contemporary European Quarter. A cluster of modern buildings housing European Institutions – including European Parliament, Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights – sits at the crossroads of waterways. The sleek design of the European Quarter, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the city, is one of the top things to see in Strasbourg, France.

Link to Google Maps of Strasbourg Districts and Sights.



#4 Relax In Strasbourg Parks And Squares     

We love spending time outdoors – and in Strasbourg, there are numerous parks and squares to idle away sunny afternoons.


Strasbourg, France Parks

During our time in Strasbourg, we enjoyed visiting two parks – Parc de l’Orangerie and the Strasbourg Botanical Garden. In addition to the formal parks, there is ample green space along the riverside. The grassy, sometimes shaded riverbanks were a perfect (and popular!) spot to have a picnic lunch and a rest while sightseeing Strasbourg.

Parc de l’Orangerie

Parc de l’Orangerie ranks as the oldest park in Strasbourg. Located northeast of the city center (in the European Quarter), the Parc de l’Orangerie occupies 64 acres of land. At the park visitors will find several tree-lined paths, pretty gardens, a couple of restaurants, a small zoo, a pond and a bowling alley.

The Botanical Gardens of Strasbourg University

The Strasbourg Botanical Garden, which is part of the university, dates to 1884. In addition to the 6,000 species of plants, there is also a planetarium. During our spring visit, however, the main draw was the mating frogs in the ponds (which could be heard from outside the park entrance!).


Strasbourg Squares

The city is dotted with picturesque squares – and seeing them is one of the best Strasbourg things to do. When strolling through the city to Strasbourg sights, we recommend routing your way through these pretty squares. 

Place du Chateau

As mentioned before, Place du Chateau is the spacious square between the Strasbourg Cathedral and Palais Rohan. It’s the best place to see the true size of the cathedral.

Place Kleber

The largest square in Strasbourg, Place Kleber features the massive 18th century pink sandstone Aubette Building and a statue of Jean-Baptiste Kleber.

Place Gutenberg

Place Gutenberg dates to the year 1100 and is bordered by the Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building (formerly the Town Hall). A statue of printer Johannes Gutenberg stands in the center next to a carousel.

Place de la Republique

Located in Neustadt, Place de la Republique features a circular garden, which is the centerpiece of the square, and is surrounded by monumental structures. On the west side of the square is The Rhine Palace, which was built for the emperor; on the east are the National University Library and Strasbourg National Theater; and in the center is a monument to soldiers. 

Place Broglie

A rectangular square that is home to a mish-mash of architecture and monuments, Place Broglie hosts a fabulous flea and produce market (Wednesdays and Fridays) – as well as one of the Strasbourg Christmas markets. The grand Opera House stands at the top end of the square (just across the river from Place de la Republique).

Place du Marche Gayot

Nearly hidden, Place du March Gayot is an enclosed square behind the cathedral that has 8 entrances. Inside the square, there are ample choices of outdoor cafes.

Place Saint-Etienne

A modest but pleasant square, Place Saint-Etienne is surrounded by half-timbered houses with two trees and a fountain at the center.  

Place d’Austerlitz

One of the festive squares in the Krutenau district, Place d’Austerlitz is lined with cafes and is a central meeting point for families and friends.

Place Benjamin-Zix

Place Benjamin-Zix is a quaint, but lively, square in Petite France. Situated along the river, visitors will find both the Maison des Tanneurs and the popular cafe, La Corde a Linge, on the square.

Place des Tripiers

Place des Tripiers is just a lovely little square that dates to 1894 – and hosts a market on Saturdays.

Link to Google Maps of Strasbourg Parks and Squares.



#5 Marvel at The Churches in Strasbourg, France

St. Paul's church spires in Strasbourg, France

While visiting the cathedral is a must do in Strasbourg, it shouldn’t be the only church in Strasbourg that you visit.

In total, there are 11 churches in – or on the perimeter of – the Grande Ile. Some are Protestant, some are Catholic. Not all churches are open to the public, but if the doors were open, we recommend taking a look inside (it’s one of the best free things to do in Strasbourg…especially if it’s rainy or too hot outside!).

Three of the city’s churches made our list of top places to visit in Strasbourg, France.


St. Pierre Le Jeune Protestant Church

St. Pierre Le Jeune Protestant Church (or St. Peter the Young) completely wowed us (which is rare, as we visit a lot of churches).

The historic church is lavishly decorated with 14th century frescoes and a 1780 organ that is perched on the unique and ornamental choir screen. The church provides information cards (in multiple languages) to point out the features of the church, like the 7th century crypt, where bones are on display.


St. Thomas Church

St. Thomas Church in the Strasbourg Old Town has a significant history as both a Catholic and Lutheran church (which it is now). Inside, there two sights to see. First, take a look at the organ, which was played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1778. Next, shift your attention to the mausoleum of Marshall Maurice de Saxe, which was created by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.


St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church was built in the late 1800s in the Gothic Revival style. The spires measure 250-feet-tall, making it the second tallest church in Strasbourg (after the cathedral, of course). The church was closed during our visit, so we were not able to see the historic pipe organ that dates to 1897.


More Churches in Strasbourg

We have outlined the three best churches in Strasbourg, but fellow travelers might also want to seek out more of the city’s churches.

The other churches in Strasbourg are St. Nicholas Church, Le Bouclier Church, St. Pierre le Vieux Church, St. Jean’s Church, St. Pierre le Jeune Catholic Church, St. Guillaume’s Church, Temple Neuf Church and St. Madeleine’s Church.

Other notable religious sites in the city are the Great Mosque of Strasbourg and the Great Synagogue.

Link to Google Maps of Strasbourg Churches.



#6 Feast On Strasbourg, France Food and Drink

There is no doubt that one of the best things to do in Strasbourg is to get a taste of the local cuisine and sip the regional Alsace wine. There are many choices, so we are highlighting just a few must-try dishes and drinks. 


What To Eat in Strasbourg

When searching for places to eat in Strasbourg, you don’t have to look far. The city boasts numerous eateries serving classic, Alsace regional dishes. 

Foie gras, which is said to have been invented in the city in 1780, is a Strasbourg famous food. Other things to eat in Strasbourg are sauerkraut, baeckeoffe, Munster cheese and tarte flambee (a thin pizza-like dish that ranks as our favorite food in Strasbourg). 

Alsatian pubs, called winstubs, pair seasonal dishes with local wine and are top places to eat in Strasbourg and are found in the city’s historic lanes. If you are looking for more of the top Strasbourg places to eat Alsatian cuisine, check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.

For something sweet, there are plenty of pastry and chocolate shops offering treats. The beautifully crafted Alsace desserts are displayed in window cases. When it is warm outside, shops sell artisan ice cream from street stands so that visitors can stroll down the streets of Strasbourg with a cone in hand (try the mint chocolate chip cone from Jeff de Bruges).

Pro Tip: Deciding where and what to eat in Strasbourg can feel overwhelming. One of the great ways to get a taste of the local cuisine is on a fabulous food tour – like this one! 


Drinking in Strasbourg

The Alsace region is well-known for its wine and beer production – and sampling the product is one of the fun things to do in Strasbourg! Fifty percent of the beer produced in France is made by five companies in Alsace.

White wine is the Alsace region specialty – and although we prefer red wine, we couldn’t resist sampling a few Alsace vin blancs. Local wine is served almost everywhere – and we enjoyed it in the afternoon sitting at an al fresco cafe. Our favorite spot was riverside, under the shady trees at the cafes just north of Ponts Couverts.

During our trip, we were equally interested in tasting the local French craft beer – and one of the best bars in Strasbourg for craft beer is Academie de la Biere. We liked the IPA (and it pairs well with the Forestiere Gratinee tarte flambee) at Academie de la Biere so much that on our short visit, we dined at the restaurant twice. Another craft beer bar in Strasbourg that we highly recommend is Les BerThoM, which has a great happy hour and good service.

Pro Tip: For a drink-with-a-view, head to the floating pubs on Quai des Pecheurs. Three moored boats offer on-board and on-sidewalk seating. We liked the river-facing seats at Café Atlantico the best!


#7 Brush Up on Regional History at Strasbourg Museums

The history of Strasbourg is fascinating…and a little confusing for those without a comprehensive understanding of Europe’s past. Visiting a Strasbourg history museum can help sort the timeline of events in Strasbourg to better understand the city.


Musee Alsacien Strasbourg Museum

Although there are several Strasbourg museums that delve into the past, we were most intrigued by the Musee Alsacien, which chronicles the life and culture of the Alsatian people. The museum is filled with detailed displays and the provided audio guide recounted numerous Strasbourg fun facts.

Note: A ticket is required to visit the museum.


Cave Historique des Hospices

Another Strasbourg museum that we visited was the historical wine cellar, Cave Historique des Hospices. Located beneath the hospital, where it was founded in 1395, the small cellar features a single row of wooden barrels.

At the end of the row, secured behind an iron gate, are barrels that hold the ‘world’s oldest barreled wine,’ which dates to 1472. The wine has only been offered for tasting three times on very special occasions – in the years 1576, 1716 and 1944.

The wine produced in the other barrels is for sale in the gift shop in the bottles labeled ‘Cave des Hospies’ (but, unfortunately, you can’t drink on-site).

Note: The historic wine cellar is free to visit and audio guides can be rented.


More Top Museums in Strasbourg, France

During our Strasbourg visit, we only went to two museums. However, other top museums in Strasbourg, France to visit are Palais Rohan (Archaeological Museum, Decorative Arts Museum and Fine Arts Museum), Oeuvre Notre Dame Museum, Strasbourg Historical Museum, Zoological Museum and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Link to Google Maps of Strasbourg Museums.

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More Things To Do Strasbourg

In our list, we outlined some of the absolute best Strasbourg things to do, but we have a few more ideas for your trip plan. 


Strasbourg Tours

Taking a Strasbourg tour is an excellent way to get better acquainted with the city. We opted to use the affordable self-guided audio tour of Strasbourg to learn about the city – and it was a great introduction. We learned even more during the Strasbourg Canal Tour. That said, there are many Strasbourg tours to choose from – and we are highlighting a few of the best. 


Top Tours in Strasbourg

Fellow travelers may want to add one – or more! – of these tours to their Strasbourg itinerary. 

Guided Strasbourg Walking Tour

Join a guide for a spectacular tour of the city – including hidden gems and legendary stories. Find out more!

Guided Bike Tour

On a City Bike Tour, let a guide lead you through the city streets on two wheels while entertaining you with stories and history of the beautiful city. 

Segway Tour

Discover the best of Strasbourg on a fun Segway tour! Participants spend 2 hours with a local guide, visiting must-see Strasbourg sights. 

Free Walking Tour Strasbourg

There are a few different companies that offer free walking tours in Strasbourg. Just keep in mind that the premise of the Strasbourg free walking tour is that you tip the guide generously – and if you feel they delivered a good tour, they should be tipped accordingly.

Strasbourg Food Tour

We have mentioned how much we loved the food in Strasbourg – and what better way to get a taste than on a guided food tour! Participants get to taste multiple dishes for different restaurants and shops. Reserve your space!


Strasbourg Day Trips

While travelers will have no problem finding fun things to do in Strasbourg, there are several nearby destinations that are worth visiting while in the region, too! 


Alsace Day Trip

Want to discover more of the Alsace Region? Take a guided trip to see charming villages and historic castles on a full-day Alsace Day Trip. The day trip from Strasbourg visits some of our favorite cities in the region – like Colmar, Riquewihr and Eguisheim. 


Alsace Wine Route Wine Tasting Day Trip

Spend a full day sampling some of the best French wines in the region on along the Alsace Wine Route. Tour participants get to sip and swirl wines from multiple venues in several small Alsace villages. 


Freiburg, Germany

Cross the border into Germany to see Freiburg (one of our favorite cities!) and the famed Black Forest on a day trip from Strasbourg. Guides lead tour participants on a private tour through the quaint streets of Freiburg then along a scenic route through the forest. Find out more!


Top Tips for Sightseeing in Strasbourg, France

As you start to plan your Strasbourg vacation, we have a few tourist tips that will be sure to help. 


Strasbourg City Pass

During our Strasbourg, France trip, we use the Strasbourg Pass as an economical way to see top Strasbourg, France attractions. We used the pass for the Batorama Boat Ride, the Cathedral Platform, the Astronomical Clock, the Alsatian Museum and discounted Audio Guide for Strasbourg on Foot – and there were several more offers we did not take advantage of.

We found that there was a cost savings for the things we wanted to see in Strasbourg. However, we recommend fellow travelers price out the attractions to determine if the card will be cost effective for their trip. The Strasbourg Pass is available at the Strasbourg Tourist Office


Strasbourg Maps and Information

Strasbourg attractions maps and information are available at the Strasbourg Tourist Office for a small fee. However, visitors who plan ahead can purchase a Strasbourg sightseeing map on Amazon prior to their trip, so they can plan their own self-guided walking tour of Strasbourg, France in advance!


How To Plan a Trip to Strasbourg, France

We have covered what to see in Strasbourg, but we have a few final tips that will help when you start planning a trip to Strasbourg. 


When To Visit: Strasbourg Weather

We think Strasbourg is a year-round destination, but fellow travelers should determine the best time to visit Strasbourg based on their desired activities. 


Spend Spring and Summer in Strasbourg

We think the spring and summer weather in Strasbourg is the best for visitors. The long, sunny days are perfect for exploring the neighborhoods, parks and squares – and simply strolling along the riverside.

During our April visit, the city was bathed in springtime sunshine. In fact, the springtime weather was ideal when we visited Strasbourg – sunny and warm, but not too hot!

Summertime can get hot – and more crowded with tourists. So keep that in mind, as well. 


Visit Strasbourg in Autumn

Although it’s considered the shoulder season, autumn is a fantastic time to visit Strasbourg. The weather is cooler, but it’s harvest season…and there are far fewer tourists. 


Strasbourg Winter Visitors

Unlike many other European cities, the peak season in Strasbourg is December, when the Christmas Market in Strasbourg takes place. Even though the weather will be cold, expect big crowds and high-priced hotel rooms.

That said, January and February can be a great time to visit, too. Be aware, however, that while the city will be void of tourists and hotels offer lower prices, some attractions are closed and the weather can be chilly for outdoor sightseeing. 

Regardless of when you plan your trip, be sure to check the Strasbourg, France weather before you start packing.


How Many Days in Strasbourg?

Deciding how many days to spend in Strasbourg can be a real struggle. There are so many things to see and do in Strasbourg that visitors could easily spend 5 days in the city and not get bored. 

While visiting Strasbourg in a day is possible, we feel you need at least 2 days in Strasbourg to see and experience the top Strasbourg attractions and sights (which is why a weekend in Strasbourg is a great idea!).

For us, 3 days in Strasbourg was ideal; we were never rushed and had ample time to experience the highlights of the city.

On the other hand, visitors planning to spend 4 days in Strasbourg – or longer – will have the opportunity to discover more of the region. The city makes a great base for day trips. 


Where To Stay in Strasbourg

Without a doubt, the best place to stay in Strasbourg is in – or very close to – the Grand Ile. From the central location, visitors can easily explore the city on foot. 

During our visit to Strasbourg, we stayed at the Montempo Apparthotel, which we liked for its affordability, small kitchen and location (just a 5 minute walk to Petite France).


Hotels in Strasbourg

Visitors looking for a place to stay will find that there are many Strasbourg hotels to choose from in the city center and beyond. Before booking your room, read our tips for Finding the Best Hotel Rooms.

We are highlighting a few of the top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) that are located in the Old Town for your upcoming trip.

Cour du Corbeau MGallery

A 4-star hotel in a historic building with modern conveniences, Cour du Corbeau – plus they offer a delicious breakfast. Check rates and availability for your stay!

Hotel Les Haras

Elegant, yet comfortable, Les Haras gets rave reviews from guests! Top features are the welcoming staff, the impeccable details and the on-site spa. Check rates!

BOMA Hotel Nouvelle Generation 

The BOMA Hotel in Strasbourg stands out for its bright decor and friendly staff – as well as the buffet breakfast. Check availability!


Getting to Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg can be reached by plane, train, bus, car or river cruise.

We arrived via bus from Frankfurt and departed via bus to Basel – but our preferred method to travel is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!).

When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner. Check for bus and train routes to Strasbourg on Rome2Rio.


Before You Go To Strasbourg: What To Pack

We have a few final tips about what to pack for your trip to Strasbourg. You can find our complete packing list and other valuable packing advice on our dedicated Travel Packing Blog Page. 


Comfortable City Walking Shoes

Strasbourg is a walkable city…but only if you have the perfect travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have always packed comfortable shoes for traveling – these are my current favorites! Kris prefers wearing Merrell trail shoes for city exploration. 


Real Travel Camera

There is no doubt you will be snapping tons of photos during your trip – Strasbourg is so photogenic! Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to a real camera for higher quality photos.

We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is great for beginners!) and use an everyday 18-135mm lens to photograph city sights. 

However, we also carry a Canon PowerShot ELPH as a backup (because it takes beautiful pictures, is slim in design and is a lightweight budget camera).


France Guidebook

Traveling to other parts of France? Find all of our top tips for France – like things to do in Colmar and what to see in Paris – on our France Travel Guides Page

It is also a good idea to travel with a trusted guidebook if your travels are taking you to other destinations.


Day Pack for Traveling

With our list of things to do in Strasbourg, France, you will likely plan long days of sightseeing. In addition to your trusty suitcase or backpack, don’t forget to pack a comfortable and functional day bag for your trip. We use our day bags to stow things like our camera, guidebook and wallets – but also our everyday travel essentials!


France Trip Insurance

Because plans change and planes get delayed, travel insurance is a necessity! Check the affordable rates and broad coverage with a trusted travel insurance company, like World Nomads. It’s who we use for our travels!


Start planning your trip to France! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We want to know: What would you add to our list of things to do in Strasbourg? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments! 


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