Visit Strasbourg: 25 things to do and see


Things to Do in Strasbourg: The 25 Best Places to Visit

You’re planning to visit Strasbourg, in France on your next trip? Good choice! Strasbourg, located in 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 in Strasbourg? Follow the guide to discover all the must-see attractions and highlights during your stay in this emblematic French city. And yes, in Strasbourg there is more than just the Christmas market and its mulled wine!

In this guide, I will also suggest you the best place to stay in Strasbourg  depending on your budget as well as a few itineraries to visit Strasbourg in 1, 2 or 3 days. Perfect if you don’t want to miss any point of interest.

As a bonus, I will also tell you about all the best places to visit around Strasbourg. And this include some amazing castles!

Visit Strasbourg: 25 Must-See Attractions!

1. Grande Île

Strasbourg is crossed by the Ill river. As such, it’s made up of several islands, but the best known is the Grande Île (“Large Island” in French), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

It’s the historical centre of the city and the place where you can admire the main monuments and points of interest that make Strasbourg famous.

The world renowned Strasbourg cathedral (cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg in French), 4 medieval churches, as well as several hotels and palaces from the 18th century are located there.

The Grande Île is the ideal place to start your visit of the city and soak up its historical atmosphere.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To discover the city, there is nothing better than doing a guided bike tour of Strasbourg!

Jean, your (awesome) tour guide, will show you the most beautiful places of the city and even give you a few good secret addresses??

To make the most of your visit to Strasbourg, book your guided bike tour by clicking on the button below:

And if you prefer to take a private tour of Strasbourg, you can book the following tour:

Grande Ile - cathedral Square - Strasbourg
The cathedral Square, on the Grande Ile

2. Strasbourg cathedral

No doubt you will want to start your visit with the most famous monument of the city, the one you can see on all the postcards: the famous Notre-Dame de Strasbourg cathedral.

It’s the symbol of the city and the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world. Entry is free of charge.

It brings together three architectural masterpieces:

  • The highest spire of Christianity dating from 1439
  • The large rose window on the main facade above the entrance
  • The astronomical clock, the most famous attraction of the city. Every day at 12:30 pm precisely, the automatons animation begins and presents the different ages of life and the parade of the apostles before Christ. (free with the Strasbourg pass, which I’ll tell you about after this top)

Another experience not to be missed if you visit the Strasbourg cathedral is to go up on “the platform”.

After an ascent of exactly 332 steps in a spiral staircase, you will have the privilege of contemplating the city from the cathedral’s roof. If the sky is clear, you can even see all the way to Germany.

Even if the entrance to the cathedral is free, the access to the platform will cost you 8 euros.

You can find more information about the cathedral on this website

Voyage Tips - Advice

To make the most of your visit to Strasbourg, you should buy the Strasbourg Pass. It’s valid for 3 days and offers you free admission and discounts.

What’s included in the Strasbourg City Pass? Here is a brief insight:

  • Strasbourg sightseeing cruise
  • Free entrance to a museum of your choice
  • Access to the platform of the cathedral
  • Discover the astronomical clock of the cathedral

With this pass, you will also get 50% discount on the small tourist train, for a guided tour on foot and for the rental of an audio guide to visit the old town and Strasbourg Cathedral.

You need to click on the green button below to buy your Strasbourg Pass:

Strasbourg cathedral
The Strasbourg cathedral

3. Visit Strasbourg medieval churches and St. Paul’s church

After the cathedral, you can visit the 4 medieval churches of the Grande Île of Strasbourg and the magnificent St. Paul’s church of Strasbourg (église Saint-Paul).

  • St. Thomas Church, which houses in its choir a funerary masterpiece of Baroque art: 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 for its 14th century frescoes
  • Saint-Etienne Church classified as a historical monument
  • St. Paul’s Church, located at the intersection of the Zorn and Mullenheim platforms.
St. Paul Church Strasbourg
St. Paul Church, in Strasbourg

4. Place Gutenberg

Located a few steps from the Cathedral, the Gutenberg Square (place Gutenberg) was named after the inventor of the printing press who lived in Strasbourg for 10 years. A statue in his honour is erected there.

It was the administrative and political center of the city from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and you can see the Renaissance building of the Chamber of Commerce.

It’s also the ideal place to have a drink on one of the many outdoor terraces.

Gutenberg Square
The Gutenberg Square

5. Place Kleber

Another very famous Square, if not the most important, is Strasbourg‘s main public square in Grande Île: Kleber Square.

It’s the meeting place for Strasburgers at major cultural or sporting events as well as the place where you can admire the huge Christmas tree during Christmas time.

Around the square there is a pink sandstone building dating from 1770, the Aubette. It’s name comes from the fact that soldiers went there every day at dawn to seek their orders of assignment.

The square is a very pleasant pedestrian area with its flowerbeds and water fountains.

Voyage Tips - Advice

You’re going to Strasbourg?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find an hotel offering a good value for money!

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Lots of people will be visiting Strasbourg on the same dates as you, so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in Strasbourg.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in Strasbourg, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in Strasbourg!

Kleber Square Strasbourg
The Kleber Square

6. Palais Rohan

The Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan) is another historic monument on the Grande Île and one of the main points of interest in Strasbourg. Originally a princely residence, it was home to 4 princes of the Rohan family, hence its name, and now houses 3 museums:

  • The archaeological museum will allow you to discover the complete history of Alsace since prehistory
  • The museum of fine arts 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

If you don’t want to visit the museums, I still advise you to go and admire the architecture and facade of the Rohan Palace. It deserves a photo!

For schedules and fares, it’s on the official Strasbourg museums website.

Rohan Palace
The Rohan Palace

7. Kammerzell House

Another building listed as a historic monument is the Kammerzell House (Maison Kammerzell), an Alsatian typical half-timbered building.

It’s considered to be the most beautiful house in Strasbourg!

On the beams, you can see wooden sculptures depicting secular or sacred scenes, all the signs of the zodiac, or some important historical figures such as Charlemagne and Caesar. A must-see tourist attraction in Strasbourg.

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And good news, if you are there at lunchtime, Kammerzell House is now a restaurant offering local cuisine.

You should definitely try the speciality of the house: sauerkraut with three fish, whose recipe is jealously guarded by the chef!

To see the menu and book, here is the website.

Visit Strasbourg Kammerzell House
The famous Kammerzell House

8. The Petite France

The Petite France (“Little France”) is Strasbourg’s most picturesque and visited area.

In the past, tanners, fishermen and millers used to live and work there, because of the water nearby.

Today, we come here to admire the numerous half-timbered houses that are extremely well preserved and to walk in the small cobblestone alleys at the water’s edge.

The island is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, so you can enjoy the calm of the place. It’s, for me, the best place to visit in Strasbourg!

Petite France Strasbourg
The Petite France district, in the morning

9. Eat in an Alsatian winstub

It the many typical narrow alleys of the Petite France, you will be able to find food in these traditional Alsatian restaurants: the Winstub.

It’s time to try your hand at sauerkraut, flambée pie, baeckeofe and dessert with the famous kougelhopf.

To find authentic and home made products while avoiding tourist traps, I recommend you:

  • The Tire-Bouchon: 100% guaranteed home cooking thanks to the label of “maître restaurateur”
  • Mun’ s: for Munster cheese lovers, since the regional specialities are revisited here with this cheese
  • La Petite Mairie: a family restaurant with local suppliers and fresh produce. You absolutely need to try at least one of the 8 kinds of home made flamekueche.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To discover the best of Alsatian gastronomy, there is nothing better than a gastronomic tour with a local guide!

This two-hour tour takes place on market days and allows you to discover wines, cheeses and other local specialities.

Strasbourg tire-bouchon restaurant

10. The Covered Bridges

Next to the Petite France, you can see the covered bridges (“Les Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg”) that have retained their name despite they have no roof any more.

They were built to serve as a rampart to reinforce the fortification on the waterways.

They were used to connect the 3 medieval towers, vestiges of the ancient ramparts, and had covered wooden galleries, which have now disappeared.

Strasbourg Covered Bridges
Strasbourg Covered Bridges

11. Barrage Vauban

A few meters upstream of the covered bridges is the Vauban Barrage (Vauban Dam).

It was built to protect Strasbourg when the covered bridges became obsoletes because of the evolution of artillery. The dam allowed, by clogging its arches, to raise the level of the Ill river and flood the surrounding fields in order to trap the enemies in the mud.

You can cross the river by passing inside the dam, thanks to a corridor where many gargoyle statues are stored.

But the most interesting thing to do is to climb on the roof where there is a splendid panoramic terrace. Perfect to admire the maze of Strasbourg canals, covered bridges and the Petite France.

Vauban Dam
The Vauban Dam

12. Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

As long as you are in the Petite France district, take advantage of this opportunity to visit Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (“musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg”).

It’s locateds not far from the Vauban Dam.

Pieces of art by Monet, Picasso and Brauner can be seen. See also its library, the auditorium and the graphic art room.

And here too you can enjoy a drink on the panoramic terrace.

Opening hours and prices can be found on the official website.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Even on Sundays, you will find things to do in Strasbourg: you can, for example, go to a museum. In Strasbourg all the museums I mention in this guide are open on Sundays.

Strasbourg Modern Art Museum
Strasbourg Modern Art Museum

13. Strasbourg Historical Museum

If you are interested in Alsatian history and culture, you can visit the Historical Museum of Strasbourg (“Musée historique”).

It retraces the city’s urban history with a collection of models, maps and daily life objects from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.

You will find Opening hours and prices for visiting this museum on the official website.

Strasbourg History Museum
Strasbourg History Museum

14. Alsatian Museum

And to complete your journey in learning more about Strasbourg history, take a short tour of the Alsatian Museum (“Musée Alsacien”).

You can find there several reproductions of traditional Alsatian life scenes, such as a forge or a joinery. There is also a collection of traditional costumes and furniture.

You can find more information on the official website.

15. Zoological Museum

Finally, to finish the tour of the best museums in Strasbourg, I advise you to go to the Zoological Museum (“Musée zoologique”).

If you are with children, they will love it! The museum collection presents the fauna of the Arctic and Antarctic with stuffed animals and naturalized insects and butterflies.

It’s not really typical of Alsace, but the museum offers a good moment of relaxation and discovery with your children.

Update: Strasbourg Zoological Museum is under renovation since 23/09/2019. It’s scheduled to reopen in 2022.

Strasbourg Zoological Museum
The atypical Strasbourg Zoological Museum

16. Broglie Square

Broglie Square (“place Broglie”) is not really a square, but rather a long tree-lined walkway.

Take a walk there to admire several beautiful 18th century mansions:

  • The City Hall
  • The prefecture
  • The Banque de France: a little anecdote, this is where the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise” was sung for the very first time
  • The Strasbourg Opera House

Every year on this square takes place an event known all over the world, the famous Strasbourg Christmas market, which I’m talking more in depth about in just below.

17. Strasbourg Christmas Market or Christkindelsmärik

Starsbourg’s Christkindelsmärik is the oldest and most famous Christmas market in France.

More than 300 chalets are scattered over a dozen sites, including the Cathedral Square and along Broglie Square.

There are of course Christmas decorations, all kinds of handicrafts as well as local and regional food products.

It attracts nearly 2 million visitors in a single month of opening, so you have to love the crowd. Just take a good breath and let the Christmas spirit penetrate you and everything will go well!

During this period, all the shop windows of the main shopping streets are decorated with grandiose Christmas lights illuminations. Strasburgers also contribute to the mood by decorating the houses facades and their balconies.

If you’re planning to visit Strasbourg in December, this is THE destination you shouldn’t miss!

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And for food lovers, there is a special Christmas market in Strasbourg, on the fish market square and on the Rohan palace terrace.

It brings together all the guilds of craftsmen: bakers, farmers, winegrowers, winemakers, artisan brewers…

Enjoy a good mulled wine or a beer from Alsace accompanied by a little foie gras to prepare your stomach for Christmas.

Strasbourg Christmas market
Strasbourg Christmas market

18. The Orangerie Park

After walking along the small alleys, go for a walk in the Orangerie Park (“parc de l’Orangerie”) to take a breath of fresh air.

It’s the oldest and largest park in the city with more than 26 hectares.

This park, loved by both Strasburgers and tourists, is a great place to take a stroll or do some sport. There is even a skatepark! Children have a merry-go-round, several playgrounds and a mini zoo with free access.

You can also enjoy a large lake with canoe rentals and a place to buy ice-cream, waffles and other delicacies.

Finally, the park is the ideal place to observe the emblematic animal of Alsace: the stork. You will see their nests on the top of numerous trees in all seasons.

Voyage Tips - Advice

For an original experience, you should book a Segway tour in Strasbourg. It of course goes to the Orangery Park!

Accompanied by a guide, you will be able to ride effortlessly through the beautiful streets of the city:

Orangerie Park Strasbourg
The Orangerie Park, in Strasbourg

19. Strasbourg European institutions

Close to the Orangerie park, you will find the institutions that make Strasbourg the capital of Europe:

  • The European Parliament
  • The Council of Europe
  • The European Court of Human Rights

To discover them, I advise you to follow the “Parcours d’Europe” which will take you for a 2.5 kilometers walk around the European institutions.

Several explanatory panels and playful installations punctuate the route.

Of course you won’t be able to enter the institutions, but it’s always interesting to see the places where important decisions are made.

Moreover, the “Europe Day” (“fête de l’Europe” in french) takes place in Strasbourg every year in May. This day, visitors can enjoy cultural and sports activities as well as debates.

 However, people’s favorite is for sure the European Parliament’s open day. It’s the only day where you will get a chance to visit the parliament!

You will find more details about visiting Strasbourg European institutions on the official website.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you don’t feel like visiting the European district on foot, you can also explore it by Segway. It’s a very fun way to discover the area and learn more about the different institutions with your guide.

This guided tour also includes the visit to the most popular districts of Strasbourg: The Petite France, Grande Ile and the Neustadt district.

European parliament Strasbourg
The European parliament of Strasbourg

20. Strasbourg boat tour

Taking a boat tour on the canals is one of the city’s main attractions, and probably one of the best ways to visit Strasbourg.

Departure is located at the foot of the Rohan Palace with the Batorama company, which offers 2 types of boats: covered or uncovered, so the trip takes place in all weather conditions.

You will have the choice between 2 tours:

  • « Strasbourg, plus de 20 siècles d’histoire » which lasts 1h10 and will take you through the Petite France, the Vauban Dam and through the European institutions that I have told you about above.
  • « Strasbourg, Grande-Île » is 45 minutes long and focus on the city center, so no European institutions on this one.

Another option to visit Strasbourg by boat is to choose a lunch cruise with the “Les bateaux de l’Ill” company. Departure every Tuesday evening for 2 hours. All the info is on their website.

Voyage Tips Advice

Don’t forget that if you bought the Strasbourg Pass, the cruise is included!

Remember to book your tickets on the website beforehand, this will save you from having to wait in line and you will be able to choose your favourite tour time.

Things to do in Strasbourg boat canals
Strasbourg boat tour

21. Strasbourg bike tour

As i told you earlier, Strasbourg is great for walking tours, as many areas are reserved for pedestrians.

However, Strasbourg, with it’s 500km of bike paths is also a great destination for bike lovers! So if you’re looking for activities to do in Strasbourg, cycling is for sure one of them.

For example, the tourist information office offers a 10 km itinerary to discover the city, but you can of course pedal along the canals and through the alleys by yourself.

Around the city, you can try Strasbourg’s Forts Trail (“la piste des forts”), an 85 km cycling route that will take you on either side of the Rhine and therefore to Germany.

This tour crosses many kinds of landscapes such as the countryside and forest but also typical towns and villages. It’s not very difficult, so you can go with your children.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To rent a bike to visit Strasbourg, it’s super simple, just click on the button below:

Strasbourg bike itinerary
The10km Strasbourg bike itinerary

22. Visiting Strasbourg at Christmas

I have already mentioned the Christmas market above, but did you know that you can visit Strasbourg in December with a Christmas themed guided tour?

That’s for sure the best way to enjoy your visit of the city!

You will be sure to discover the city’s most beautiful illuminations, the best decorated houses and of course the famous Christmas market.

Here are the best guided tours you can do in Strasbourg during the Christmas season:

  • A guided tour of the Christmas market: This 2-hour tour allows you to explore the market with a local guide and discover the best places to have a drink or try Christmas specialties.

To book your guided tour, click on the button below

  • A “Christmas bicycle tour” in Strasbourg. You will visit the most popular tourist sites such as the Cathedral or the Petite France district at the end of the day. It’s simply wonderful when the lights and decorations are on!

This activity can be booked here:

  • A bicycle tour of the Christmas markets in Strasbourg. The market on Place Broglie is of course the most touristy, but there are more than ten Christmas markets in Strasbourg that are worth a visit. This 2h30 cycle tour is dedicated to these markets!

  • A visit to the 3 most beautiful Christmas markets in Alsace – You will discover the markets of Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Colmar. You will have about 2 hours each time to do your shopping. Transport is included.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you plan to visit Strasbourg during the Christmas season, I strongly advise you to book your accommodation as early as possible! The city attracts millions of visitors in December and the best hotels sell out very quickly.

Don’t hesitate to consult the section of this article dedicated to the best accommodations in Strasbourg, a little further down (or you can just click here)

Bonus: An original visit to Strasbourg

Welcome to one of Strasbourg’s hidden treasures, the Cave des Hospices de Strasbourg!

Located right in the heart of the city, this historic cellar is a great place to discover not only exceptional wines but also a piece of local history.

The cellar contains wines from vineyards acquired by the Hospices over the centuries, often donated by benefactors.

The centrepiece is undoubtedly the famous ‘Vieux Millésime’, the first vintage of which dates back to 1472. This white wine from Alsace is considered to be the oldest wine in the world to be kept in barrels. It has been tasted on rare occasions, notably during major historical events.

As you wander the aisles of the cellar with your audio guide, you’ll learn how the wines are made and preserved, using traditional methods. You’ll also have the chance to see the historic barrels, veritable works of art, sculpted and decorated.

A must for all wine and history lovers visiting Strasbourg. Especially as it only costs €3!

And don’t forget to pop into the shop at the end of your visit to buy a bottle or two.

Book your visit to the Cave des Hospices de Strasbourg by clicking here:

Cave des hospices Strasbourg
Cave des hospices Strasbourg

The 3 best things to do around Strasbourg

If you have already been in Strasbourg for several days and have already seen everything I mention in this guide, then you should now visit the surroundings of the city!

Here are the best things to do around Strasbourg:

23. Must-see typical villages around Strasbourg

If you you have already explored Strasbourg thoroughly and are not fed up with half-timbered houses,  you should definitely go visit the typical Alsatian villages nearby, which are also very famous:

  • Colmar with its beautiful “little Venice” district and old town.
  • Eguishem with half-timbered houses, fountains, balconies with flowers and its ramparts.
  • Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful villages in France, particularly due to its location in the middle of vineyards
  • Obernai whose historical centre has very beautiful medieval houses
  • Saverne and the Château des Rohan, which dates from the 18th century. It is also called Saverne Castle.

If you don’t have your own vehicle but still want to visit some of these villages during your trip to Strasbourg, you should book an organized day trip.

In 1 day, you will discover the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, the wine route, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Colmar .

This day trip includes bus transport, an audio guide, the entrance ticket to the castle and a tour in a small tourist train through Colmar.

Saverne Castle
The Saverne Castle

24. Alsace wine route

If you have more time to spend in the region, want to visit a little more than Strasbourg and its surroundings and of course you are a wine lover, the Alsace wine route is for you!

It is the oldest wine route in France. From Tann to Marlenheim, this 170-kilometre itinerary will take you through the communes of Alsace to discover local white wine.

On the Alsace wine route, there is more than 300 wineries and 67 wine-producing municipalities, some of them being among the most beautiful villages in France.

Things to do: visit the wine cellars, stroll in the vineyards and villages, and of course, wine tasting. The months of July and August are particularly favourable, with the numerous wine fairs organized in the villages.

You can find the complete list of wineries offering tours near Strasbourg by clicking on the green button below:

And the best part is that some of the tours are free! Here are my 3 favorites (simply click on the orange links to book):

  • The Achillée domain: this organic vineyard is worked only by hand. Free commented tasting of 5 wines!
  • The Agape domain in Riquewihr offers a free 30 minute commented wine tasting
  • The Dischler domain is located only 25 minutes from Strasbourg and offers a tasting of crémant + 3 other wines of your choice among the best wines of Alsace.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you plan to visit the Alsace wine route and the towns and castles around Strasbourg, here are 2 amazing tours. I recommend them for the guides knowledge and their exceptionnal value for money.

Alsace wine route
The Alsace wine route, a great thing to do around Strasbourg

25. Europa Park

About 60 kilometres from Strasbourg is Germany’s largest amusement park, Europa Park.

On 85 hectares, there is more than 100 rides to entertain you! The park is made up of different neighbourhoods, each referring to a country. Ireland, Iceland or Italy, you will have the choice! There’s even a flight simulator that just opened.

This is the best amusement park you can visit in the surroundings of Strasbourg!

Voyage Tips - Advice

To avoid queuing at the ticket office, you should really book your skip the line tickets in advance by clicking on the button below:

Europa Park, next to Strasbourg
Europa Park, next to Strasbourg

26. Visit the Alsatian castles around Strasbourg

The Alsatian region is renowned for it’s many castles, so I have chosen 2 of them that are fairly close to Strasbourg for you. They complement each other well for a quick half-day visit.

27. Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

First, you can go to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle which is considered as the best castle to visit in the region. It is the best known and therefore the most visited in Alsace.

Due to its geographical position on a rocky outcrop, it offers a magnificent view of the Alsace plain.

Do not hesitate to visit the surrounding forest and take a walk around it to admire the viewpoints. Visits to the interior and cultural events are also organized. And if you are hungry, it also has a restaurant.

A quick tip: the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and dozens of other attractions around Strasbourg are included in the Alsace Pass. It’s thus really worth buying this convenient pass!

Simply click here to purchase it:

28. Haut-Barr Castle

In a completely different style, that is to say “slightly” more dilapidated, you should go and see the Haut-Barr Castle.

The castle stands on 3 large rocks connected to each other by the devil’s bridge (“pont du diable”) and stairs that will allow you to reach the top.

It is not the castle that will impress you the most by its architecture, It’s main interest being the view it offers on a large part of the plain, hence its nickname of “The Eye of Alsace” (“l’Œil de l’Alsace”).

It would seem (I could not verify it myself) that in case of very good weather, you can see the arrowhead of Strasbourg Cathedral! Don’t hesitate to confirm this rumour in the comments.

29. Other Castles in Alsace

As there are many other castles to visit around Strasbourg (the farthest away, apart from Ferrette castle, are located at a 1 hour drive from the capital of Alsace), I have made you a map of the 10 most beautiful:

  • Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle, of which I spoke to you earlier, considered by many as the most beautiful castle of Alsace
  • The Fleckenstein Castle, which offers a panoramic view of the Sauer valley
  • Hohlandsburg Castle and its panoramic view of the city of Colmar
  • Lichtenberg Castle
  • Ferrette Castle, in the extreme south of Alsace
  • The Haut Barr Castle, which I also told you about above with its magnificent view
  • The Andlau Castle, accessible free of charge after a 20-minute walk in the forest. You can park at the farmhouse named “ferme auberge du Hungerplatz”
  • The Nideck Castle and its 25m high waterfall
  • Kaysersberg Castle, which overlooks the village of Kaysersberg
  • The five castles road (“Route des Cinq Châteaux”), a 20km hike that will take you to several ruined castles.

I have also included the Mount Sainte-Odile convent (#30), which is a must-see in Alsace.

You can display the map legend by clicking on the top left button, the one with a little arrow on it.

Haut Kœnigsbourg castle
The Haut Kœnigsbourg castle

The Strasbourg Pass

The Strasbourg Pass is really a great way to save money when visiting the city!

It costs 21.50€ for adults and between 10 and 15€ for children, is valid for 3 days and offers free admissions and discounts for the main activities and points of interest of Strasbourg. Here’s the detail of what’s included:


  • Visit a museum of your choice
  • Cathedral platform
  • Strasbourg boat tour
  • Discover the astronomical clock of the cathedral

50% discount:

  • Visit of a 2nd museum
  • Little train trip to discover the city (from April to October)
  • Strasbourg walking tour (April to December)
  • Visit of the “Vaisseau” (Spaceship in french), a science center for children and teenagers from 3 to 15 years old.
  • Audioguide to visit the old town and the Strasbourg cathedral

You will also benefit from a variable discount on other activities:

  • Segway City Tour
  • The “Château Vodou” Museum.
  • “The secrets of chocolate” museum

You need to buy the Strasbourg Pass online on this website. You can then get them at the Strasbourg Tourist Office, right next to the cathedral.

  • Address: 17 Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg

How many days to spend in Strasbourg?

To visit the city of Strasbourg and its main monuments, you should plan a 2-day stay.

If you plan to spend 3 days or more in Strasbourg, you will have enough time to discover the surroundings of the city. And to be honest, you can even easily spend a whole week in Alsace, as there is a lot to see!

Below you will find the best itineraries to visit Strasbourg in 1, 2, 3 or more days:

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Don’t forget to get the Strasbourg Pass I mentioned earlier. It’s valid for 3 days and includes a free sightseeing cruise, a museum ticket and numerous discounts.

You can buy it directly by clicking on the button below:

One day in Strasbourg

If you only have 1 day in Strasbourg, it’s best to concentrate on the classics tourist attractions that make up the city’s charm. Moreover, it’s very easy to visit Strasbourg on foot.

  • Go for a walk in the Petite France district to discover the Strasbourg of postcards with its canals and half-timbered houses.
  • Then head for the Vauban dam, whose roof offers a superb view of Strasbourg Covered Bridges.
  • Go to Strasbourg cathedral 12:30 pm, it is the only moment in the day when the astronomical clock and its dozens of automatons come to life.
  • Lunch break
  • Visit the Rohan Palace and its 3 museums: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Archaeological Museum.
  • To finish the day, visit the 2 most beautiful squares of the Strasbourg old town (in addition to the cathedral!), Gutenberg Square and Kleber Square. And if you want to go shopping, don’t miss the streets of the Grandes Arcades and the Franc-Bourgeois.
  • And how about a flammekueche for dinner?

That’s a nice day in Strasbourg!

What to do in Strasbourg in 2 days

Are you looking for things to do in Strasbourg during a weekend? I have got a nice itinerary for you, allowing you to see all main points of interest.

In 2 days in Strasbourg, you will be able to do the first day of the itinerary presented above and add:

  • In the morning, discover the city differently with a guided Strasbourg boat tour. This is one of the major attractions to do in Strasbourg! (Included in the Strasbourg Pass)
  • Lunch break
  • In the afternoon, you should go to the European institutions. We advise you to go on foot, just follow the Ill river, you can’t go wrong. It also allows you to have a nice view of the very photogenic Saint-Paul church reflected in the river.
  • End your day in the Orangerie park, located close to the European institutions, stroll and observe storks.
  • As you will have walked quite a lot, you may wish to return by bus.
  • Dinner in a typically Alsatian winstub.

What to do in Strasbourg for 3 days

If you can spend 3 days in Strasbourg, you can take the itinerary of the 2 previous days and visit the surroundings of Strasbourg:

If you have to leave by the north of Strasbourg to go to your next destination, make a loop of the castles of Alsace in the following order:

  • Go to the south-east start with the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, the must-see of the region
  • Continue with Andlau Castle
  • Then make a stop at the Monastery of Mont Sainte-Odile
  • Then pass by the Château du Nideck and its waterfall
  • End your day with the du Haut Barr Castle

If you are lucky enough to leave Strasbourg from the South to go to your next destination, I recommend you to do the following itinerary:

  • Start by going to admire the view at the Convent of Mont Sainte-Odile
  • Then go to the Andlau Castle
  • Continue with the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle (Included in the Alsace Pass)
  • Visit the villages of Ribeauvillé, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, located on the Alsace wine road. Don’t miss Kaysersberg Castle either.
  • Continue with the visit of Colmar, which can be done in about 2 hours.
  • The last stage of this day full of discoveries, the superb village of Eguisheim, south of Colmar

If you prefer, you can also opt for half-day or full-day guided tours to discover the surroundings of Strasbourg.

Here are the best guided tours:

And if you have children (or a 4th day in Strasbourg), a visit to Europa Park is an excellent idea that will delight the whole family. You need to book your Skip-the-Line tickets by clicking here.

Strasbourg tourist map

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Tourist map with all the must-see attractions of Strasbourg

Where to stay in Strasbourg

  • Comfort Hotel Strasbourg – Montagne Verte: Located at a 20 minutes walk from the Petite France district, in a quiet location by the river. Modern and bright room from 39€ per night, breakfast at 10€. The strong points: free parking, breakfast with plenty of choice and even a candy bar. Do not leave without having eaten at least once in the restaurant of the hotel which have great Alsatian specialities. We tested the breaded camembert and spaetzles and had a great time! This is without a doubt the best value for money in Strasbourg.
  • Hotel Victoria: Situated 10 minutes from the Cathedral, close to the train station, ideal if you arrive by train. Spacious and colourful room, quiet, from 60€ per night, buffet breakfast at 9€. The strong points: quiet location in a pedestrian street, very welcoming staff and very copious breakfast with quality products.
  • Hotel Roses: Hotel ideally located 2 steps away from the Cathedral. Spacious room with carefully decorated decoration from 90€ per night, with a breakfast for an extra 9.90€. The best choice in the city centre and as a bonus, a great breakfast!
  • Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa: 5 stars hotel located in Petite-France district. Beautiful room with river or traditional half-timbered house view from 250€  per night, breakfast at 25€. Strong points: The location, the amazing view, the perfect breakfast. It’s my recommendation for a luxury stay in Strasbourg.

FAQ – I answer your questions about Strasbourg

What to do in Strasbourg with your family?

If you are planning to visit Strasbourg with your children, I recommend the following activities:

  • Visit the historical center of Strasbourg on foot
  • See the astronomical clock in the Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Discover the Alsatian museum of Strasbourg
  • Take a walk in the Orangerie park and watch the storks
  • Go on a boat trip on the canals of Strasbourg
  • Visit the Petite France district with the small tourist train
  • In December, taking them to the Christmas market remains the unmissable visit for the whole family in Strasbourg!
  • Enjoy a day at Europa Park.

What are the best things to do in Strasbourg when it rains?

If it’s unfortunately raining during your stay in Strasbourg, here are a few visits you can do while the weather improves:

  • Visit Notre-Dame de Strasbourg cathedral and other churches in the city
  • Visit the Rohan Palace and its 3 museums
  • Taste a “three fish sauerkraut” at Kammerzell house, the emblematic restaurant of Strasbourg!
  • Visit the other museums of Strasbourg: the MAMCS, the historical museum, the Alsatian museum
  • A boat trip (covered!)
  • A wine tasting in the wineries of the Alsace wine route.

Where to buy my Strasbourg Pass?

To buy your Strasbourg pass, it’s super easy: just click on the following link: Buy the Strasbourg Pass.

Where to park in Strasbourg?

To park easily, you should go to one of the 10 park-and-ride in Strasbourg.

The Relay + Tram rate is only 4.10€ for the day and allows you to benefit from a round trip by tram/bus for all passengers in the vehicle (max 7 people).

This is for sure the best option for cheap parking in Strasbourg!

The closest park-and-ride to the city center of Strasbourg are:

  • Rotunda – 5 min by tram
  • Dukes of Alsace – 8 min by tram
  • Kimmeri – 8 min by tram
  • Rives de l’Ar – 10 min by tram
  • Elsau – 10 min by tram.
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Discussion13 Comments

  1. Mary McDonald

    Thank you for all the good photos and the brief commentaries on each area/site mentioned. This is just like a good travel guide…just enough, but not too much, information and very useful links.
    1. I have several questions regarding the free boat ride that is included in the Strasbourg Pass: (a) If you have the Strasbourg Pass, do you still need to stand in line to get a ticket? Or can you avoid the ticket lines and go directly to the boat? (b) If you have to make a reservation for the boat, can the reservation be made a day in advance? (c) If reservations are needed for a specific date/time for a boat ride, is it okay to ask the hotel concierge to organize it for me?
    2. Is there an app I can add to my smart phone that will include a lot of information above? It is difficult to read websites on a smart phone.
    3. I hope you won’t mind a couple suggestions to improve the website: (a) change spelling from ‘theses’ to ‘these’ in the following item “You’re traveling in France? Theses articles will help you!” (b) Change ‘will’ to ‘with’ in the following item: “Tourist map will all the must-see attractions of Strasbourg”.
    Thanks again for an excellent article,
    Mary McDonald

    • Vincent

      Hello Mary,

      I am glad my article is helping you to organize your trip to Strasbourg!

      1. For the Strasbourg Pass, it acts as a skip the line tickets for most of the tourist attractions. However, for the boat, you need to first go to the ticket office, show your Strasbourg Pass, and they give you a boat ticket.
      You can’t make a reservation for the boat, you need to go there directly and grab the tickets.

      2. I don’t know of an app (but I don’t think so), however the website is optimized for smartphones, and reads well (just, there is a lot of info, so you may have to scroll a bit! But it would be the same with a PDF guide for example). You can click the links in the summary menu to go faster to the section you are interested in, it’s more convenient on smartphone.

      3. Thank you! I appreciate the help.

      The “theses” is something I often mispell, as my french mind puts a “s” at everything plural and I don’t notice it! And now I noticed I have copied the same mistake on all articles. I will fix it!
      Thanks also for the “will”, I try to proofread, but it seems I missed some mistakes.

      Thanks again, and if there is anything else you need to know for your stay in Strasbourg, let me know.

  2. Lenny

    Hai Vincent,
    Love your page, one of the very best online travel blog i must say. Very informative, well written but not too overwhelmed, not to mention all the eye candy pictures. I’m goin to travel solo to Strasbourg, Riquewihr, Colmar, and Eguisheim for winter holiday. Should i rent a car to go around the city or public transportation will do just fine? would like to do castle hopping but no detail information how to get there or any public transportation provided.
    Thanks, keep on writing.

    • Vincent

      Hi Lenny,

      I am really happy you like my travel blog and it helps you to plan your trip to Strasbourg. It motivates me to translate more articles to English!

      The best way is definitely to rent a car, else you will have to do things like Strasbourg >>> Colmar + Colmar >>> Riquewihr. Not very convenient and quite a waste of time. For castle hopping, renting a car is anyway 100% mandatory, as there is no transportation service between castles.

      Enjoy your trip!

        • Vincent

          Hi Lenny,

          Don’t worry too much, French people, especially in the north, are driving safely. And you can always rent an automatic car if it makes you feel more comfortable.
          If you have other questions about Strasbourg or France, don’t hesitate!

          Have a great day 🙂

          • Lenny

            Hai Vincent, thank you so much for the useful tips, appreciate it. I have another questions. Do you know the easiest way to go to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris? Is it worthed to go there just for a day trip?
            Thanks and have a good day,

          • Vincent

            Hi Lenny,

            It’s worth to go to Mont Saint Michel for a day trip from Paris if you don’t plan coming back to France and really want to visit it. However, it’s quite a long trip!

            You can’t really take the train as the schedules aren’t convenient for a day trip, so you’re best bet is to take a tour. You can book one here: Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Paris Just be aware, it’s about 5 hours on site and 9-10 hours of bus during the day.

            Have a nice day too 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Lomax

    Hi Vincent

    We are planning a trip to Strasbourg this Sunday and your blog was fabulous in helping to plan our day.

    One question though- we will be driving from Mulhouse and according to my research parking is free on a Sunday.
    Would you advise driving to park in the centre or using the park and ride.

    The prices of the park and ride are somewhat confusing as I don’t seem to be able to find out what the difference between a normal ticket and a rotonde ticket is – and is the €4.20 the total price for 7 persons or the price each?

    Many thanks.
    We re looking forward to our visit.
    Lizzie L

    • Vincent

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes, exactly, parking is free on Sunday in Strasbourg.

      About Park and Ride:

      Rotonde Ticket is only for the “Rotonde” park and ride. It’s a bit more expensive than the other park and ride parkings because it’s closer to the city center.

      The total price is for one car, with up to 7 passengers. So you will just pay €4.20 for 7 people.

      I would recommend you to park in a park and ride rather than in the city center, you’re 100% sure to get a parking space and you will not have to bother driving in the city center. The price is very reasonnable, so it’s worth it!

      Here are all the park and ride in Strasbourg:

      – Parking Relais-Tram Rotonde (Best choice to visit)
      – Parking Relais-Tram Baggersee
      – Parking Relais-Tram Ducs d’Alsace
      – Parking Relais-Tram Elsau
      – Parking Relais-Tram Espace Européen de l’Entreprise
      – Parking Relais-Tram Hoenheim Gare
      – Parking Relais-Tram Krimmeri
      – Parking Relais-Tram Poteries
      – Parking Relais-Tram Rives de l’Aar
      – Parking Relais-Tram Robertsau Boecklin.

      Enjoy your trip to Strasbourg!

      • Elizabeth Lomax

        Thank you very much for your help.

        The park and ride was fantastic and we had a lovely day in Strasbourg.

        The river cruise was particularly good with a super commentary giving some of the cities history.

        We were disappointed that the cathedral platform was closed until the end of July 2019 but it we enjoyed looking around the cathedral itself, and it saved our legs from walking up all those steps.

        Keep up the excellent work


        • Vincent

          Hi Elizabeth,

          I am really glad you enjoy your trip to Strasbourg, and thanks a lot for taking the time to write your feedback.

          Maybe see you soon on the blog for another destination,

          take care!

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