France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do in Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is a small, charming city with lots to see and do, just two and a half hours away from Paris.




The center of Strasbourg—where most things of touristic interest will be found—is an island, the Grand Île, circled by the River Ill (map). The whole city center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Strasbourg is a very manageable size, and most of what you'll want to see can be accessed on foot. For those sights a little farther out, there's an excellent tram and bus system.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

The most visible feature of Strasbourg is its beautiful and unusual Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. Made of red sandstone, its delicate structure rises high above the town, and the spire is visible for miles. The interior is just as lovely, with extensive stained glass. More...

Strasbourg Museums

Strasbourg is rich in museums, some of which help you understand the history and culture of Alsace. In walking distance from the cathedral are several excellent museums—the Alsatian Museum, the Historical Museum, the Museum of the Oeuvre Notre-Dame, and the Palais Rohan, which houses three museums. More...

Boat Tours

A great way to get oriented to Strasbourg is to take a boat tour on the River Ill. You'll circle the Grand Île and even go up to the Rhine, site of the European Parliament. En route you can admire La Petite France and other parts of the city. On a nice day it's a great trip. More...

La Petite France

La Petite France is a picturesque area of Strasbourg, surrounded by canals and with lots of half-timbered houses. It used to house tanneries and other industry, and for years it was to be avoided. Today it's a great place to stroll and admire the architecture and natural setting, and it's home to many restaurants. More...

Grand Île

As you wander around the Grand Île, you'll come across a variety of interesting plazas, most of which have restaurants and cafés. The Place Gutenberg features a statue of this favorite adopted son, who did much of the work on his printing press in Strasbourg.

Place Kleber features the historic Aubette building, with its many shops and boutiques, as well as the L'Aubette 1928 Museum. You'll also find the big department stores Monoprix and Galeries Lafayette at Place Kleber.

To the north, the Place Broglie is home to the Opéra, and the small Place Gayot is full of restaurants and bars, largely frequented by locals.

Just across the river is the Place du Corbeau, site of one of Strasbourg's oldest houses (now a hotel).

And of course the Place de la Cathédrale is in the center of it all. You can't miss that!

Imperial District

Across the river on the north side of town is the Imperial District, with its many majestic buildings from the late 1800s. More...

European District

If you want to go a little out of the center, you can take the tram to Droits de l'Homme and admire the European Parliament and the Human Rights Center. More...

Orangerie Park

From the Droits de l'Homme tram stop, you can walk about 5 minutes to the lovely Orangerie Park, a great place to walk, relax and see storks, the symbol of Alsace, as well as other animals in the small zoo. More...

On top of all that there is to see and do, Strasbourg is simply a charming city. It's architecture is distinctive and lovely, with sloping rooftops dotted with small windows. Many bridges cross the River Ill, making it easy to move around the city, and in summer they are decked with flowers. It's a wonderful place to walk, exploring small streets and interesting views.

Strasbourg is also a big biking city, and you'll see lots of people cycling on the miles of cycle paths. Like many French cities, Strasbourg has a couple of bike rental options, including Vél'hop and Esprit Cycles.

Caution: As a pedestrian, keep a careful eye out for bikers, as they don't always stay in bike lanes or obey traffic rules, and they can sneak up on you. When crossing a street, look both ways and then look again!

You can easily visit Strasbourg on a day or overnight trip from Paris. The TGV takes about two and a half hours, and particularly during the summer when the days are long, you'll have plenty of time to explore this fascinating city and enjoy Alsatian Cuisine.

Route des Vins d'Alsace

If you have more time, consider going south from Strasbourg to explore the Alsace wine region, visiting such charming villages as Eguisheim or Ribeauvillé, or going to the interesting and beautiful small city of Colmar.

Hotels in Strasbourg

Strasbourg Restaurants

Tourist Information

Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Transport for Strasbourg

About Strasbourg

About Colmar



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Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Above, The beautiful Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. It's so big it's hard to get it all in one picture! A view down the rue Mercière to the Place de la Cathédrale.

Below, A boat tour through La Petite France.


Boat tour, Strasbourg, France

Maison des Tanneurs, Strasbourg
Above, La Maison des Tanneurs, from 1572, in La Petite France, Strasbourg.

Below, Storks in the Orangerie.

Storks, Strasbourg, France

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