A Quick Guide to Strasbourg

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On a mission to find the prettiest and most charming towns in France, it was inevitable that our itinerary would soon lead to Strasbourg. Located close to the border between France and Germany in the Alsace region, Strasbourg is a unique bled between the two influences in a range of ways, but most noticeably in architectural and culinary influences. If you’re visiting Strasbourg for the first time, here is everything you need to know to make the most of your stay (or if you’ve just come here for inspiration, prepare to be inspired!)

A Quick Guide to Strasbourg, France

Checking In: Sofitel Strasbourg

For our stay in Strasbourg we were nearing the end of our Spring European journey, so we decided to check in to the centrally located Sofitel Strasbourg for a couple of nights to explore the small city and surrounds in the Alsace region of France.

The hotel had a great location just a two minute stroll from the major shopping area and a maximum of five minutes walking to reach the Strasbourg Cathedral and La Petite, the most picturesque part of town. I’d recommend this hotel if you don’t mind a chain hotel and are looking for something central and good value for money, but it was the buffet breakfast that really sold it for me! Their scrambled eggs on toast are to die for.

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What to see in Strasbourg

The city itself is incredibly picturesque, but once you have wandered around for a few hours to take it all in you will still find plenty to do, including:

Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg

This cathedral is impressively large and as such, you really can’t miss it. Located in the centre of town, the 15th-century cathedral is impressive both inside and out, so be sure to stop by on your visit to Strasbourg.

La petite France

If you’ve seen the picturesque photos of Strasbourg and that is what has inspired you to come here, then you’ll find this picture-perfect part of town in La petite France, the most charming little district to wander around any day of the week.

Barrage Vauban

Completely free and with a great view of the town, barrage vauban is an iconic bridge built in the 17th-century.

Take a Boat Ride

Another great way to see Strasbourg as a visitor is to jump on board the boats that cruise around the river and offer impressive views of the iconic Strasbourg architecture.

Rent a Bicycle

If you’re more of an active person and would prefer to clock up some kilometres on a bicycle, the city offers a bike rental service for 20 euros per month. You likely won’t need it that long but the price is impressive nonetheless!


Where & What to Eat in Strasbourg 

With the unique blend of France meeting the German border not only comes stunning architecture, but also an incredible mixed cuisine between the two countries.

You’ll see plenty of German influence such as bratwurst, pretzels, and pleeeeeenty of breads.

French pastries are an absolute highlight of Strasbourg too, though you really need to know where to go to get the best in town. Naegel is by far the best patisserie in town and for macaron lovers, you won’t find a better macaron in town than those on offer at Elisabeth Biscarrat.


Getting There & Away

Getting to Strasbourg is easy from both within France and further afield in nearby Germany and Switzerland.

From Paris you can reach Strasbourg in 2.5 hours on the TGV high speed train. Deutsche Bahn also service the town with more connections from Germany.

Strasbourg International Airport is the cities’ major airport, however flights are scarce for international visitors. Alternatively Basel is the nearest airport after that, which offers great connections throughout Europe.

As Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region it is a must visit, however there are many great towns to visit beyond this city. Colmar and Egusheim are two of the most talked about towns in all of France and being that they are so close, make sure you don’t miss them!

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With thanks to Sofitel Strasbourg for welcoming us to the hotel to experience Strasbourg!

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    Katya @Atstarfish
    June 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Walking in La Petite France is such a charming experience. I could get lost there for hours and oh such a joy for a photographer!

    June 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Actually it’s called “La petite France” wich means “the little France” and not “La Petite”…

    June 8, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I love that this place is a combination of French and Germany influences. it makes it so unique. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the time to visit during my trips in France and Germany. But hey I guess it is just an excuse to return to France?

    June 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    How picturesque!

    June 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Excellent place to spend holidays.

    June 2, 2016 at 2:49 am

    There are so many charming towns in France that I want to visit!

    June 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    This looks incredible! I love the architecture, it would make me feel as in 18th century or something. Hope to go there one day.

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    June 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Love your photos!! Always so inspiring <3 Seems like we need to take a trip to this beautiful city!
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    June 1, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Love this! Guess I need to get myself to Strasbourg soon so I can try that amazing looking pastry ASAP 🙂

    June 1, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Great since I’ll be heading to Strasbourg in a few days I’ll make sure to use this article ! 🙂

    Thank you !

    Kenza from

    Karee Cannon
    June 1, 2016 at 2:40 am

    My husband and I got to visit Strasbourg 2 years ago when his choir preformed at Strasbourg’s Notre Dame cathedral. It may be my favorite city in France. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos and bringing back great memories.

    June 1, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Virtual was great but realtime would be much much better. Thanks.

    Swati ( The tales of a Traveler)
    May 31, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Such a fairytale town …

    May 31, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I loved Strasbourg so so so much! It´s a little paradise with so much water, beautiful old houses, trees everywhere, tricky and amazing little streets and amazing food! Thank you so much for bringing me back!!


    Kate Wilson
    May 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    What an incredible place! So pretty x

    May 31, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I LOVE Strasbourg! Just the pictures get me excited! Thanks Brooke!

    Melissa M.
    May 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful pictures! Strasbourg is such a quaint & charming town. I only stayed for a night last year. I hope to stay longer the next time I visit.

    May 31, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Strasbourg is a wonderful smaller city to visit. I was there in December, when the Christmas markets were all over town and the buildings are decorated for Christmas. It was wonderful! I ate at an excellent fondue restaurant called La Cloche a Fromage, on rue des Tonneliers; I recommend it to all cheese lovers.

    May 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Strasbourg, it looks absolutely beautiful! That pastry looks pretty incredible too 😉