Are you planning for Strasbourg Travel, France on your next trip? Good choice! Strasbourg, located in the Alsace region, next to the German border, is one of the European capitals and a typical Alsatian city.
So what are the best things to do during Strasbourg Travel? Follow the guide to discover all the attractions and sights during your stay in this emblematic French city. And yes, During Strasbourg Travel there is more than just the Christmas market and mulled wine to visit!
Here we discuss the best places to visit around Strasbourg. And that includes some amazing castles and much more.
The Ill river runs through Strasbourg. It consists of several islands, but the best known is the Grande Île (Grand Island in French), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Here the world-famous Strasbourg Cathedral (Notre Dame de Strasbourg in French), 4 medieval churches as well as several 18th-century hotels and palaces are located there.
the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg. It is the symbol of the city and the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world. Here you might even see Germany from the roof of the cathedral.
CHURCHES OF STRASBOURG
Visit the medieval churches of Strasbourg and the church of St. Paul
After the cathedral, you can visit the 4 medieval churches of the Grande Ile de Strasbourg and the magnificent St. Paul’s Church of Strasbourg (église Saint-Paul).
- The Church of St. Thomas, which houses in its choir a funerary masterpiece of Baroqueart: the tomb of the Marshal of Saxony (Tombeau du Maréchal de Saxe).
The Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux Church, the first large Christian building in Strasbourg
- The church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune to see its 14th-century frescoes
- Saint-Etienne Church Classified as Historic Monument
- St. Paul’s Church, located at the intersection of the Zorn and Mullenheim platforms.
Located a few steps from the Cathedral, Place Gutenberg (Place Gutenberg) is named after the inventor of the press who lived in Strasbourg for 10 years. A statue in his honor is erected there. It was the administrative and political center of the city from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century and you can see the Renaissance building of the Chamber of Commerce.
Another very famous The Kleber Square on the Grande Île: Around the square is a 1770 pink sandstone building, the Aubette. Its name comes from the fact that the soldiers went there every day at dawn to get their work orders.
The Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan) is another historical monument on the Grand Île and it was home to 4 Rohan family princes, hence its name, and now houses 3 museums:
- The archaeological museum that aims to discover the complete history of Alsace from prehistory
- The fine art museum with a very rich collection of paintings, from Botticelli to Goyat and Rubens
- The Museum of Decorative Arts with its collection of furniture and ceramic pieces
A historical monument is the Kammerzell House (Maison Kammerzell), a typically Alsatian half-timbered building. You can see wood carvings depicting secular or sacred scenes, all zodiac signs, or some important historical figures such as Charlemagne and Caesar. A must-seek tourist attraction during Strasbourg Travel.
Petite France (“Little France”) is the most picturesque area and visited Strasbourg.
Eat in an Alsatian winstub
In Petite France’s many narrow alleys, you can find food at these traditional Alsatian restaurants: the Winstub.
- Tire-Bouchon: 100% home cooked food
- Mun’s: For Muenster cheese lovers
- La Petite Mairie – A family restaurant
THE COVERED BRIDGES
Beside Petite France, you can see the covered bridges (“Les Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg”) that have retained their name, although they no longer have a roof. They were built to serve as a bulwark to strengthen fortification on the waterways. They were used to connect the 3 medieval towers.
A few meters upstream from the covered bridges is the Vauban Dam ( Vauban Dam). It was built to protect Strasbourg.
Don’t forget to miss the opportunity to visit the Strasbourg Museum. That holds inside deep memories of the past.
Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Click here to their official website for opening hours and exhibitions
- Strasbourg Historical Museum-which looks back on the city’s urban history from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.
Alsace Museum-There are several reproductions of traditional Alsatian life scenes, such as a forge or a woodwork shop present.
Zoo Museum-These are the best museums in Strasbourg, I advise you to go to the Musée zoologique.
The Broglie Square ( “Place Broglie”) is not really a square, but a long, tree-lined passage.Take a stroll there to admire several beautiful 18th-century mansions:
- The city hall
- The district
- The Banque de France: a short anecdote, this is where the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” was first sung
- The Strasbourg Opera
BOAT TRIP IN STRASBOURG
Taking a canal boat trip is one of the city’s top attractions and probably one of the best ways for Strasbourg Travel.
The capital of Alsace has a lot of wonderful places, not only because of history, monuments, canal, and villages but in all aspects it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Without a doubt, it is the perfect getaway to combine with a tour of the most beautiful villages of the Alsace.
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