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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 education47 € Strasbourg
Rickshaw tour of Strasbourg's old town and the German imperial district
Entertainment30 € Strasbourg
Rickshaw tour of the German imperial district - 1 hour
Culture and education60 € Strasbourg
Rickshaw tour of the Petite-France neighbourhood!
Entertainment30 € Strasbourg
Comprehensive Strasbourg rickshaw tour - 1 hr 20 mins
Culture and education90 € Strasbourg

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Events and festivities

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Strasbourg Christmas Markets
One of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in EuropeFrom 24 november to 24 december 2017
Strasbourg Mon Amour
An original Valentine's Day event in one of Europe's most romantic citiesFrom 9 to 18 february 2018
Musica Festival
Strasbourg’s international festival of contemporary classical musicSeptember / October 2018

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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite 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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Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
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Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite 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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former customs (© Jean Espirat)
former customs (© Jean Espirat)
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the Kammerzell house (© Jean Espirat)
the Kammerzell house (© 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 big gate and the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
the big gate and the tympanum of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France
La Petite France
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Tanners House
Tanners House
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La Petite France
La Petite France
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La Petite France
La Petite France
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La Petite France
La Petite France
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Quai of the old customs
Quai of the old customs
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Cathedral Facade
Cathedral Facade
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Arrow Cathedral
Arrow Cathedral
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Garden of both banks, the bridge
Garden of both banks, the bridge
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Garden of both banks
Garden of both banks
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Garden of both banks (French side)
Garden of both 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 sides: many games for children
Garden of both sides: many games for children
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Garden the two banks: a lot of games for children
Garden the two banks: a lot of games for children
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Garden of the two banks: entertainment
Garden of the two banks: entertainment
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Rhine Forest (protected)
Rhine Forest (protected)
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Forest Rhenish (protected)
Forest Rhenish (protected)
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Forest Rhenish (protected)
Forest Rhenish (protected)
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Water jousting in Strasbourg
Water jousting in Strasbourg
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Strasbourg station
Strasbourg station
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Strasbourg station
Strasbourg station
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Tour South and spire of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Tour South and spire of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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pillar of angels in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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 trumpet - pillar of angels (© Jean Espirat)
the angel trumpet - pillar of 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, the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
the wise virgins, the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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the foolish virgins, the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
the foolish virgins, the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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a beautiful façade (© Jean Espirat)
a beautiful façade (© 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 rose window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
the rose window 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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Lower North side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Lower North side of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral tympanum Centre (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral tympanum Centre (© Jean Espirat)
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Automates the astronomical clock in the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Automates the astronomical clock in the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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1897 Temple (© Jean Espirat)
1897 Temple (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
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the Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
the Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
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Quarter tanners (© Jean Espirat)
Quarter 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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Tour covered bridges and old fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
Tour covered bridges and old fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
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Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
Tours covered bridges (© Jean Espirat)
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Madonna and child against the wall of the museum of the work of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
Madonna and child against the wall of the museum of the work of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
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stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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another window in the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
another window in the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass 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 of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Other stained glass of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Other stained glass of a side chapel of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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main entrance of the hospices Civils (© Jean Espirat)
main entrance of the hospices Civils (© Jean Espirat)
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one of the buildings of civil hospices (© Jean Espirat)
one of the buildings of civil hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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Grand Organ of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Grand Organ of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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View close the great organ in swallow's nest (© Jean Espirat)
View close the great organ in swallow's nest (© Jean Espirat)
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PLC under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
PLC under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
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Other PLC under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
Other PLC under the great organ (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures east side of the pulpit of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures east side of the pulpit of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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West side Sculptures of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
West side Sculptures 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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La Petite France for the boat ride (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite France for the boat ride (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
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Downtown (© Jean Espirat)
Downtown (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France, for the big lock (© JE)
La Petite France, for the big lock (© JE)
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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
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La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
La Petite France (© Jean Espirat)
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