What to do in Strasbourg? What are the must-see spots? We’ll tell you everything!
The Notre-Dame Cathedral, symbol of the city
This is THE place to see during a stay in Strasbourg. In a Gothic style, it is an architectural gem, whose construction finished in the 15th century. 142 metres tall, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. It is the second-most visited cathedral in France (4.5 million visitors per year), just behind the Notre-Dame de Paris. Not far from the cathedral is the Maison Kammerzell. This building is worth admiring for its sublime façade and the impressive mural paintings it houses.
The historical centre, also listed on UNESCO World Heritage, is extremely pleasant and deserves an extended visit. Romantic and punctuated with pretty architecture, it is an inviting place for a stroll. Discover the Grande Île, its covered bridges and medieval sites. Petite France, the most picturesque quarter of the city, allows you to contemplate the magnificent half-timbered houses built on the water’s edge.
Strasbourg has numerous other tourist sites not to forget during a visit to the city. For example, the imperial German quarter (listed on UNESCO World Heritage), the banks of the river Ill, the Saint-Paul Church or the Place de la République.
A museum city
Strasbourg is a cultural city, with a well-stocked supply of museums. Without a doubt, the Palais Rohan is the most important in the Alsatian capital. This sublime episcopal palace from the 18th century houses 3 museums: the Museum of the Beaux-Arts, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts. To discover Alsace’s cultural traditions, go to the Alsation Museum. It holds painted furniture, ceramics, toys, costumes...
A lover of painting? The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art holds paintings by Picasso, Monet and Kandinsky.
Other museums to visit: the Tomi Ungerer Museum, the Zoological Museum and the Museum of Notre-Dame.
Like New York and Geneva, Strasbourg is the headquarters for international bodies without being a capital city.
It is the symbol of European reconciliation after the Second World War, marked by some jewels of contemporary architecture: the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
A land of food
Discover the culinary treasures of Alsace during your stay in Strasbourg: bibeleskäs (fromage blanc), bretzel (savoury biscuit), baeckeoffe (meat dish with potatoes) or the famous flammekueche!
The Christmas Market, a major event
Every year Strasbourg welcomes the oldest Christmas market in France. It is a must-see if you want to experience the magic of Christmas to the full! A giant Christmas tree, the nativity scene, decorated streets, concerts, mulled wine... Strasbourg dons its most beautiful garments at Christmas, for the enjoyment of its inhabitants and for tourists.
Activities in Strasbourg
Naturally, Strasbourg offers all the classic activities: cinema, bowling, swimming, laser game, go-karting...
You can also go to cooking classes, visit the Planetarium, discover the city in a horse-drawn carriage or in a 2CV, or take part in a wine-tasting session.
Discover some good ideas from the bloggers of Chez Pokaa on our blog: http://blog.brit-hotel.fr/2016/04/zoombrit-la-cite-de-la-mer-voyage-au-coeur-de-locean/