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Strasbourg - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bas-Rhin
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Capital of Europe, Strasbourg is also a City of Art and History renowned for its exceptional buildings. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the old town has preserved much evidence of its past, especially of its medieval period and its Renaissance period.

Built between the 11th to the 15th century on the foundations of an former Rhineland basilica, the Notre-Dame cathedral is sumptuous. Its spire reaches 142 metres in height! The magnificent Gothic western facade made of Vosges pink sandstone can be admired from the Mercière street. Inside, the astronomical clock of Renaissance style offers the Apostles parade every day at half past noon.

The Cathedral square is surrounded by beautiful period buildings, such as the Cerf pharmacy dating from the 13th century and the Kammerzell house, a magnificent residence with carved timber frames of the Renaissance period and home to a famous restaurant today.

Very picturesque and romantic, Petite France is the former tanners, millers and fishermen district. The large sloping roofs of the houses you can see were formerly intended for drying the skins. Along the water, the Tanners house dating from 1572 is a magnificent example. The charming banks of the Ill river as well as the pedestrian narrow streets of the Petite France district are the best places to discover beautiful half-timbered houses and to spend a really pleasant moment. The panoramic terrace of the Vauban dam boasts a beautiful view of covered bridges, the Petite France district and the cathedral.

Strasbourg is a city rich in museums including the Rohan palace containing three museums dedicated respectively to Decorative arts, Fine Art and Archaeology; the Notre-Dame Work museum dedicated to the Middle Ages sculpture; the Alsatian museum highlighting the Alsatian art and traditions; the Modern and contemporary Art museum telling the story of art from Impressionism to today.

For shopping fans, the city abounds with beautiful shops and department stores. The Orangerie park is featuring a lake and offers a peaceful and pleasant green setting. Near the park, the European district is the headquarters of several bodies: the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights.

The city offers a wide choice of cultural activities, notably with its International music festival in June and Musica, the festival of the music of today, which takes place in September. In December, the famous Christmas market of Strasbourg is a good moment with many illuminations, typical decorations and a warm atmosphere.

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Strasbourg

European capital and capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg is also a city of art and history whose historic center is a World Heritage by UNESCO.

Gastronomic specialties: the flammekueche (pie outbreak), sauerkraut, Bredele (Christmas biscuits) ...

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided Walking Tour of Strasbourg – 2 hours
Culture and education52 € Strasbourg
Comprehensive Strasbourg rickshaw tour - 1 hr 20 mins
Culture and education90 € Strasbourg
Cruise in the heart of Strasbourg
Entertainment40 € to 300 € Achenheim
Rickshaw tour of Strasbourg's old town and the German imperial district
Entertainment30 € Strasbourg
Rickshaw tour of the Petite-France neighbourhood!
Entertainment30 € Strasbourg
Rickshaw tour of the German imperial district - 1 hour
Culture and education60 € Strasbourg

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Strasbourg Christmas Markets
One of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in EuropeFrom 23 november to 30 december 2018
Strasbourg Mon Amour
An original Valentine's Day event in one of Europe's most romantic citiesFrom 8 to 17 february 2019
Musica Festival
Strasbourg’s international festival of contemporary classical musicSeptember / October 2019

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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Quay of the old customs (© Jean Espirat)
Quay of the old customs (© Jean Espirat)
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Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
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Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Rosette of the south side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Rosette of the south side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The old customs (© Jean Espirat)
The old customs (© Jean Espirat)
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The house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
The house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
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Alley near the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Alley near the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Rohan Palace (© Jean Espirat)
Rohan Palace (© Jean Espirat)
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The great portal and the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The great portal and the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France
Little France
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House of Tanners
House of Tanners
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Little France
Little France
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Little France
Little France
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Little France
Little France
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Quay of the old customs
Quay of the old customs
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Facade of the cathedral
Facade of the cathedral
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Arrow of the cathedral
Arrow of the cathedral
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Garden of the two banks, the bridge
Garden of the two banks, the bridge
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Garden of the two banks
Garden of the two banks
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Garden of the two banks (French side)
Garden of the two banks (French side)
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Garden of both banks (German side)
Garden of both banks (German side)
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Garden of both banks: many games for children
Garden of both banks: many games for children
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Garden of both banks: many games for children
Garden of both banks: many games for children
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Garden of the two banks: animations
Garden of the two banks: animations
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Rhine forest (protected)
Rhine forest (protected)
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Rhine forest (protected)
Rhine forest (protected)
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Rhine forest (protected)
Rhine forest (protected)
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Water jousting at Strasbourg
Water jousting at Strasbourg
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Strasbourg Station
Strasbourg Station
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Strasbourg Station
Strasbourg Station
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South tower and spire of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
South tower and spire of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The pillar of angels, in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The pillar of angels, in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Another view of the pillar of angels (© Jean Espirat)
Another view of the pillar of angels (© Jean Espirat)
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The angel with the trumpet - Pillar of the angels (© Jean Espirat)
The angel with the trumpet - Pillar of the angels (© Jean Espirat)
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Statue of the Virgin and Child, on the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Statue of the Virgin and Child, on the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The wise virgins of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The wise virgins of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The foolish virgins of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The foolish virgins of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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A beautiful facade (© Jean Espirat)
A beautiful facade (© Jean Espirat)
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The astronomical clock in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The astronomical clock in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The large rosette of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
The large rosette of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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The spire of the cathedral, rises to 142 meters (© Jean Espirat)
The spire of the cathedral, rises to 142 meters (© Jean Espirat)
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Partial view of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Partial view of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Chair of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Chair of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Partial view of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Partial view of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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North side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
North side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Center of the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Center of the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Automata of the astronomical clock, in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Automata of the astronomical clock, in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Temple of 1897 (© Jean Espirat)
Temple of 1897 (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Quarter of tanners (© Jean Espirat)
Quarter of tanners (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the house Kammerzell (© Jean Espirat)
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Tower covered bridges and ancient fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
Tower covered bridges and ancient fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
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Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
Covered bridges towers (© Jean Espirat)
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Virgin and child against the wall of the Notre-Dame Museum (© Jean Espirat)
Virgin and child against the wall of the Notre-Dame Museum (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Another stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Another stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the choir of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the choir of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Another stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Another stained glass window of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Main entrance of the civil hospices (© Jean Espirat)
Main entrance of the civil hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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One of the buildings of the civil hospitals (© Jean Espirat)
One of the buildings of the civil hospitals (© Jean Espirat)
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Grand organ of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Grand organ of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Close-up view of the great organ in swallow's nest (© Jean Espirat)
Close-up view of the great organ in swallow's nest (© Jean Espirat)
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Automaton under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
Automaton under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
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Another automaton under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
Another automaton under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the east side of the pulpit of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the east side of the pulpit of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the west side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the west side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival - Chinese Dragon (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival - Chinese Dragon (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France seen from the boat (© Jean Espirat)
Little France seen from the boat (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Downtown (© Jean Espirat)
Downtown (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France, seen from the big lock (© J.E)
Little France, seen from the big lock (© J.E)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Little France (© Jean Espirat)
Little France (© Jean Espirat)
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Exterior view of Saint-Guillaume church
Exterior view of Saint-Guillaume church
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