Top attractions in Strasbourg
The 7 best sightseeing spots in Strasbourg
Known as the seat of European Parliament, Strasbourg has plenty of tourism, from opera to open spaces, art to architecture. Want to know what to see here? Follow our guide for the best views, tours and destinations.
1. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
It's hard not to be impressed by one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The Astronomical Clock is worth a few minutes of your time, and try to stay for the light show.
2. Barrage Vauban
When engineering and architecture meet, the results can define a landscape - this is one of those attractions. The dam offers some of the best views in and of the city.
3. European Parliament
Visitors can sit in on monthly four-day plenary sessions to see democracy in action. This is free but must be booked at least two months in advance. Offered in most languages.
4. Petite France
Relatively quiet, even in summer, Petite France is a small cluster of medieval houses and baroque buildings on the Grande Isle of Strasbourg. Try a self-guided walking tour.
5. Christmas Markets
Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas, and was home to the first Christmas Market in 1570. It's most festive in the evening when lit up by thousands of fairy lights.
6. Alsace Wine Route
This famed wine-lover's pilgrimage is a holiday in itself, tracking through vineyards from Vignoble to Strasbourg. Beautiful views of the region can be enjoyed from Couronne D'Or.
7. Palais de Rohan
Just meters from the cathedral, the palace contains the museums of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Archeology. The three-in-one ticket offers value.
Planning Your Visit
There is excellent sightseeing to be had without wearing out your shoes, if you opt for a river tour. The city looks particularly magical at night, as buildings are lit up along the river.
Bored of culture? Try sport
RC Strasbourg Alsace are a popular draw to the city. The team plays football at Stadt de la Meinau and although in recent years they have not been in top form, they are one of only six teams to win all three top french football trophies. They also have a popular basketball team - Strasbourg IG.
Fancy an extra dose of sightseeing? A day trip will take you further afield - Strasbourg is on the German border, just two hours' drive or train from Heidelberg or two and a half from Stuttgart.
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- Best time to visit
- Spring, late summer and early fall are the best times to visit the city, because the temperatures are mild and tolerable, great for spending time outdoors sightseeing and traveling around.
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What people are saying about Strasbourg
This tour was truly amazing. Even though I never stood on a segway before, it was very easy to get into it. And it made so much fun doing it! We were driving around the city, looking at monuments, getting some informations about them and just enjoyed the time. I can only recommend this tour, for anyone who wants to get to know Strasbourg and have fun doing it!
Our guide, Adrian, was knowledgeable and engaging. We learned a lot about the region and it’s history. In addition, he was funny and engaging. Most importantly, the wines and crémants were delicious and the wineries were unique in their own special ways. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour and Régine is a fantastic guide. Her knowledge of Strasbourg and the history are impressive and she left no questions unanswered. Also picked us up at hotel instead of the meeting point and tailored the tour to our desires.
Great tour with a small group! Jean is an amazing guide who leads through the city with lots of information. Really a nice guy! Absolutely worth it to get to know the city with all its beautiful spots and places.
Le guide était très sympa et intéressant. C’est très agréable de mélanger le fun de conduire un Segway (très simple à prendre en main) avec la découverte de la ville.