France – Strasbourg Travel Tips

Things To Do And See In Strasbourg France

Two towers of Ponts Couverts and Strasbourg Cathedral in the distance

City region: Alsace / Grand Est

Population & what they are called: 276,170 inhabitants (2014 census), called Strasbourgeois

Access from Paris:

  • by road: about 4 h 45 min (306 miles) via the A4 autoroute de l’Est
  • by train: about 1 h 45 min by TGV from the Gare de l’Est

Famous native daughters & sons:

  • Marie Tussaud, founder of Madame Tussaud’s wax museums
  • Marcel Marceau, actor and mime artist
  • Eliette Abécassis, writer and professor of philosophy

Most distinctive and/or unique fact or trait (or little known fact):

  • In Strasbourg in 1792, Rouget de Lisle composed the Army of the Rhine’s battle song, which later became the French national anthem, called the “Marseillaise.”
  • Now home to the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament, the city of Strasbourg was chosen as the European capital just after World War II as a symbol of reconciliation between the peoples of Europe and of their future together.

Notable sites:

  • La Petite France – formerly the millers’ and tanners’ district, it is the city’s most picturesque quarter, with narrow alleyways, canals and half-timbered houses
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg – an ornate Gothic masterpiece with a 466-foot (142m) spire and a famous astronomical clock
  • Ponts Couverts and Barrage Vauban – several formerly covered bridges, four 14th-century towers and a 17th-century dam

Top annual events:

  • Christmas Markets – one of the loveliest Christmas markets in Europe, and one of the oldest as it dates from 1570 (noel.strasbourg.eu/en/marches-de-noel)
  • ST’ART – with over 25 art galleries and over 60 contemporary works, the second largest contemporary art fair in France
  • Musica – international festival of contemporary classical music (festivalmusica.org)

Most notable museums:

  • Rohan Palace – a former residence of the prince-bishops and today the Archeological Museum (Musée Archéologique), Decorative Arts Museum (Musée des Arts Décoratifs) and Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts) (en.musees.strasbourg.eu)
  • Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain – among the largest contemporary and modern art museums in the country
  • Musée Alsacien – dedicated to traditional Alsatian daily life

Culinary specialties:

  • choucroute à la strasbourgeoise – pickled cabbage (sauerkraut), salted pork, Strasbourg sausage and ham, best eaten in a winstub (local restaurant)
  • foie gras – Strasbourg claims the first duck foie gras to be cooked in terracotta terrines and covered in a layer of fat
  • kougelhopf – a light Alsatian brioche with a distinctive shape

Local wines & spirits:

  • Alsace AOC wines – famous whites like Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris
  • beer – large breweries in and near town, as well as a growing number of micro-breweries, keep Strasbourg’s beer culture thriving

Shopping:

  • any independent wine store – keep an eye out for the Fédération Nationale des Cavistes Indépendants affiliation or any clear indication of a caviste indépendent
  • Arts et Collections d’Alsace – sells copies of art and other objects seen in museums and throughout Alsace
  • Rue de la Mésange – a focal point for gourmet shopping

Most popular night spots:

  • Quay des Pêcheurs – the place to spend an evening in one of the unusual barge bars
  • Quartier Krutenau – on the south end of Grande Ile and filled with fashionable bars, restaurants, galleries and trendy shops
  • La Laiterie – home to several cultural institutions, including a famous rock concert hall, on the site of the former central dairy

Local population’s favorite activities (or hangouts):

  • Parc de l’Orangerie – the oldest park in town and a favorite place for a stroll, a jog or a day out with the kids
  • cycling – Strasbourg has the largest cycle network in France with some 560 km of cycle tracks
  • Alsace Wine route – a signposted trip to the heart of the vineyards along numerous vineyard paths (vinsalsace.com/en/)

Local industries:

  • biotechnology – Alsace Biovalley is a global competitiveness cluster focused on health and the life sciences and health, and bringing together the major players in the field (businesses, research laboratories, hospitals and universities) in and around Alsace
  • brewing – three major breweries have bases in the area: Brasseries de l’Esperance (part of the Heineken International), and Schutzenberg and La Perle, two independent Alsatian brewers with long histories

In Pop Culture:

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – the 2011 movie, with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, took over the historic heart of Strasbourg during filming of the opening sequence
  • The Duellists – a 1977 film by Ridley Scott about an ongoing feud between two 19th-century French army officers
  • Théâtre national de Strasbourg – the only French national theater outside of Paris

Major 2018 development:

  • Strasbourg’s museum of modern and contemporary art, one of the largest in France.

 

[Source: The France Tourism Development Agency -/- Media Relations]
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