If you are searching for a charming medieval town in France to visit Strasbourg wins hands down. A town that lies 4 km from the France/German border, Strasbourg excites you the minute you arrive. The half-timbered medieval buildings, the river flowing through the centre, the popular squares and the many hidden alleyways, great restaurants and fun bars – it is a wow every time you turn a corner!
We will show you how to spend two days in Strasbourg, you won’t be disappointed as you will experience the flavours of Germany and France together in one place. We have beautiful memories of our time there, we know that you will too.
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- 1 Where is Strasbourg France?
- 2 Map of Strasbourg
- 3 How To Spend Two Days in Strasbourg
- 4 Places to Visit in Strasbourg
- 5 Free Tour Strasbourg – Free Walking Tour of Strasbourg
- 6 More Places to Visit in Strasbourg
- 7 Strasbourg Tours
- 8 FAQs on Strasbourg
- 9 Accommodation Strasbourg
- 10 More Hotel Accommodation Options
- 11 Best Restaurants in Strasbourg
- 12 How to Get To Strasbourg
- 13 Flights to Strasbourg
- 14 Car Rental Strasbourg
- 15 Travel Insurance Strasbourg
- 16 To Travel Too Shop
- 17 Pinterest
- 18 Related French Articles:
- 19 Conclusion
Where is Strasbourg France?
Is Strasbourg in France or Germany? Strasbourg is in France but lies on the eastern border of the two countries which is formed by the Rhine River. The German town of Kehl is located on the opposite side of the river.
Strasbourg is located in the Alsace region of France. Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament.
Map of Strasbourg
City of Strasbourg Map
How To Spend Two Days in Strasbourg
Wondering what to do in Strasbourg first?
Purchase the Strasbourg City Card
Although the card is for 3 days, if you are trying to fit in as much in 2 days it may be worth considering. You can purchase the City Card here
Free offers include:
- Visit to one of the museums
- Boat tour through Strasbourg
- Visit the Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral
Discounted offers (half price) include:
- Visit a 2nd museum
- From April to October a tour on the mini-train
- A guided visit (according to the current programme)
- Ascend to the Cathedral platform
- A visit to the Vaisseau
- Audio guided tour of the Cathedral and the Old Town
More discounted activities:
- 20% reduction on some goods in the shop
- Reduction on a discovery tour with a Segway
- Visit to the museum: Les Secrets du Chocolat
- Visit to the museum: Château Vodou
- You can purchase your 3 day pass
Places to Visit in Strasbourg
The Cathedrale, Strasbourg France (Notre-Dame de Strasbourg)
The Cathedral in Strasbourg dates back to the middle ages. The 142 m (466 ft) high spire was completed in 1439 in the Gothic style. The Observation Deck stands 66m high (217ft).
Construction began at the end of the 12th century on the Gothic style cathedral and was completed in 1439. In 1015 the site was occupied by a Roman Church that was burnt down 3 times. Sandstone has been used in the construction and it is a never-ending refurbishment.
Every statue around the Cathedral conveys a special message. The church is funded by donations.
The Strasbourg Astronomical Clock
The Strasbourg Astronomical Clock is located in the Cathedral of Strasbourg. The current mechanism of the clock dates back to 1842.
Taken from the Visit Strasbourg website:
“The main attraction of the clock is its animated figures which come out to delight the public every day at half past noon. During this performance, visitors are treated to views of the different ages of life, personified by a child, a teenager, an adult and an old man, who all parade past Death. Higher up, the apostles have their own parade, before Christ. Their journey is accompanied by the beating of wings and the sound of a large cock crowing. In front of the Clock visitors can admire the huge Pillar of Angels which offers a highly original representation of the Last Judgment.”
The entrance for visitors is from the South entrance.
Entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month.
Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum
Address: 3 place du Chateau Strasbourg
Entrance Fee: Euros 6.50 per adult
Children up to 18 free
For the best exhibits of medieval works in France.
During the 15th century, Strasbourg was one of two European cities for the production of Upper Rhine tapestry.
One of the famous masterpieces of medieval art in Western Europe.
Petite France Quarter
Formerly the quarter of the tanners, millers and fishers in Strasbourg.
The pretty streets are lined with half-timbered 16th and 17th-century houses. It is a popular area to visit in Strasbourg for restaurants and a photographer’s delight.
Petite France is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The square is named after Johannes Gutenberg who is the inventor of the modern printer. Gutenberg also created the first typed book known as the Gutenberg Bible.
The merry-go-round is not a permanent fixture in the Square, although we believe it should be.
Free Tour Strasbourg – Free Walking Tour of Strasbourg
Take a free walking tour with Happy Free Tour Strasbourg.
A great way to learn more about the history of Strasbourg as you are walking around with a passionate local.
Meeting point in front of the Cathedral.
Visit the Strasbourg Squares of:
- the Cathedral,
- and also in some less known places like Saint-Etienne
The tour route may differ depending on your guide. The free walking tour is based on tips. We have enjoyed many free walking tours throughout the world including Spain, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile etc.
Kleber Square is the largest square in Strasbourg. The statue in the square is of the French General Kleber born in 1753 in Strasbourg. His ashes are contained in the bottom of the statue.
If you are visiting the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg the square houses the large Christmas tree. The locals donate gifts to the poor around the tree.
More Places to Visit in Strasbourg
Fontaine de Janus
It was constructed in 1988 by Tomi Ungerer and it is located in the Place Broglie, one of the main squares of Strasbourg. The sculpture is of a roman 1 head/2 faces. Janus is the God of the past and the future.
When you visit Strasbourg allow some time to enjoy some of the local tours.
Walking and Bike Tours of Strasbourg
Wine Tours of Strasbourg
Day Tours from Strasbourg
FAQs on Strasbourg
What is Alsace France known for?
The Alsace of France is well known for its local cuisine and beer.
The beer of the Alsace region is Meteor or Kronenbourg.
Local cuisine includes Sauerkraut, cheese and Flammekueche similar to a pizza but contains cream, ham, mushrooms and cheese.
The Alsace – Lorraine region is also known for its classic French dish – the Quiche Lorraine.
You will find different versions of the classical dish around France depending on the region you are travelling through.
When is the Christmas Market in Strasbourg?
From the 28th November ending on the 24th December.
How many days should you spend in Strasbourg?
We would recommend at least 2 days.
Is Strasbourg worth visiting?
Definitely, we would return and spend at least another 2 days. We enjoyed the history, the Petite France neighbourhood, the food and the Cathedral.
What is the distance from Strasbourg to Nancy?
115 km from Strasbourg to Nancy.
What is the distance from Strasbourg to Lyon?
493 km from Strasbourg to Lyon
Weather in Strasbourg – when is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Strasbourg is between the months of May and August. July is the hottest months. December is a good time to visit for the Christmas market.
Is Strasbourg expensive?
Strasbourg is an expensive place to live, transport costs are high, locals travel around on bicycles. As a tourist, you can reduce your costs by booking an apartment and self-catering. Groceries from supermarkets may be more expensive than in other cities in France.
Wondering where to stay in Strasbourg? Strasbourg has a range of properties to suit all types of travellers and budgets.
Some of the popular tourist hotels in Strasbourg are:
Address: 16 Rue Kuhn, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
4 Star hotel – free wifi, free parking, pet-friendly, centrally located
1 Rue des Magasins, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
Budget 2 star hotel located a 10 minute walk from the Gare SNCF.
Free parking, free wifi and pet friendly.
More Hotel Accommodation Options
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Best Restaurants in Strasbourg
For the top 10 restaurants in Strasbourg click here
For the top 10 Bars in Strasbourg click here
How to Get To Strasbourg
By Train to Strasbourg
Amsterdam to Strasbourg Train – 28 trains per day, journey time 5 hours 24 minutes, usually one-stop e.g. Paris
Baden Baden to Strasbourg Train – 26 trains per day, journey time 1 hour 21 minutes
Basel to Strasbourg Train – 30 trains per day, journey time 1 hour 18 minutes
Brussels to Strasbourg Train – 29 trains per day, journey time 3 hours 32 minutes
CDG Airport Paris to Strasbourg Train – 20 trains per day, journey time 1 hour 48 minutes
Colmar to Strasbourg Train – 63 trains per day, journey time 25 minutes
Frankfurt Main to Strasbourg Train – 23 trains per day, journey time 2 hours 56 minutes
To book train tickets click here
To purchase a Eurail pass click here
Buses to Strasbourg
Bus Strasbourg to Paris – approximately 2 hours
Bus Lyon to Strasbourg – approximately 4.5 hours depending on the company
Bus Colmar to Strasbourg – approximately 1.05 hours
Bus Frankfurt to Strasbourg – approximately 6 hours 23 minutes
Bus Frankfurt Airport to Strasbourg – Lufthansas Express Bus 2 hours 30 minutes
Book your bus tickets here
Flights to Strasbourg
Strasbourg’s airport is located 10 km south-west of Strasbourg in Entzheim.
Flights to Strasbourg from the UK are with EasyJet and Ryanair.
Find the cheapest flights with Skyscanner who then directs you to the airline’s website with no extra fees to pay.
Car Rental Strasbourg
We use AutoEurope when we hire a car in Europe. For the latest deals and availability click here.
Travel Insurance Strasbourg
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We hope you enjoy Strasbourg as much as we did.