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15 Best Things to Do in Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is a beautiful city, the Alsace region’s capital, the headquarters of the European Parliament, and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Undoubtedly, an essential visit on your trip through the Alsace.

Strasbourg is a city that surprised us very much. Honestly, we hadn’t much information about the city and spent less time than Strasbourg deserved.

Things to Do in Strasbourg, the Alsace Capital

Our trip to Strasbourg and the Alsace was during Easter, so the weather did not accompany us much. And after our round trip from Colmar, we arrived in Strasbourg at about 7 pm.

In the rest of this post, I will explain what you can visit in Strasbourg and all that this beautiful city offers.

Most of the photos are nocturnal since we were here until midnight. I recommend you also do the free walking tour, it is excellent and will help you decide if you want to continue a more in-depth visit to the city or not.

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral, Alsace Capital, France

Cathedral square is the heart of the old part of Strasbourg. It is surrounded by old houses and dominated by its impressive Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if it’s because of its surroundings or architecture, but it has a breathtaking facade.

The Strasbourg Cathedral is in Gothic style. It began to be built on an earlier Romanesque building in 1176. Between 1240 and 1275, the different parts were built, and between 1284 and 1300, Erwin von Steinbach built the facade.

From here, the works progressed very slowly and were not completed until 1778.

The first stone of the facade was laid in 1277, and its decoration is amazing. On the porch on the right, we can see the Sane Virgins and the Mad Virgins.

In the center are the prophets and other sculptures. Its bell tower, 142 meters high, was the highest of all Christianity until the nineteenth century.

Astronomic clock of Strasbourg Cathedral

Inside the Strasbourg Cathedral stand out its colorful stained glass windows of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the organ in the form of a swallow’s nest, and the pulpit, although undoubtedly what caught our attention the most was the Astronomical Clock.

If you arrive before 12.30 hours, you will be able to see the twelve apostles parade in front of Christ.

The Kammerzell House

Kammerzell House, Strasbourg Cathedral Square, France

One of the most beautiful houses in Strasbourg is the Kammerzell House. It was the home of rich merchants for generations and is located at number 16 of Cathedral Square.

The house was built in the sixteenth century by a cheese merchant. The ground floor is from the fifteenth century, which is composed of stone and suited with arcades, under which were the shops.

Please take a look at the first floor; you will see the date of its construction in 1589. The house owes its name to Philippe Kammerzell, who owned it in the mid-19th century. It currently houses a famous restaurant.

Next door is the tourist office; in case you require further information.

Rohan Palace

You leave behind the cathedral square and go to the Place du Chateau, where the Rohan Palace is located.

It was built in the Parisian style between 1732 and 1742. Then, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Napoleon’s residence, which the Alsatians highly esteemed.

If you arrive at a more decent hour than us, you can visit one of the museums, such as the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Museum.

Notre Dame Museum of the Work

Strasbourg Museum of the Cathedral's Work

Right next to Rohan Palace, you’ll find the museum of the construction work of the cathedral.

It is a very picturesque building, housing several original statues of the cathedral portals that were managed to be saved from the French Revolution and stained glass, paintings, and furniture from between the 11th and 17th centuries.

Ribera del Ill in Strasbourg

Ribera del Ill, Strasbourg, France, at night

Continue your visit by strolling along the banks of Ill until you reach Petite France. We made a small stretch of this road and then went to get the car. You can see in the pictures that we were quite late.

If you walk this section, you will see very picturesque places and historical places such as the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg, the Alsatian Museum, and the church of St. Thomas.

Historical Museum

The Historical Museum is housed in a butcher’s shop in the city of 1587. In it, you can know the passage of time through Strasbourg’s urban, political, economic, social, and cultural history.

The Alsatian Museum

It is a museum of popular arts and traditions, reminiscent of life in rural Alsace through objects of daily life. It is located in three beautiful Renaissance houses.

The Protestant Church of St. Thomas

It is the second-largest church in Strasbourg, the largest in the cathedral. It was built between the 12th and 15th centuries and has been Lutheran since 1549.

St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Church, at night, Strasbourg, France

Before heading towards Petite, France, we will pick up the car and pass the Gallia Bridge to take a photo of the Church of St. Paul. At night it looks imposing.

It is a Lutheran church in the neo-Gothic style and has been declared a historical monument of France since 1998.

It was built in the late nineteenth century when this area belonged to the Imperial Territory of Alsace and Lorena.

La Petite France

La Petite France in Strasbourg, France

It is a very picturesque neighborhood that fishers, millers, and tanners once inhabited.

These houses have exposed wooden beams and are painted in different colors. The tanners’ houses are almost all built with a loft; the first and sometimes the second floor protrude above the ground floor.

The roofs are open with galleries where they dried the skins after washing them in the canal.

Covered bridges

The covered bridges of Strasbourg's Petite France at night

We continue walking and reach the covered bridges. They are a kind of bridge wall, built between 1200 and 1250, guarded by two medieval towers.

The stone bridges we see today are from the 19th century.

Barrage Vauban

Petite France, Medieval Towers, Vauban Dam

The Barrage Vauban closed the wall, built by Vauban in the 17th century, after the union of Strasbourg to France in 1681 to reinforce the medieval fortifications that were already obsolete.

Under the thirteen arches of the bridge, the floodgates could be closed, and the southern front of the city flooded to avoid any assault.

In the nineteenth century, the dam was made, and in the 60s, a panoramic terrace was conditioned on it.

European Parliament

If you have more time, you can visit the neighborhood of the European institutions.

For example, where the Palace of Europe is located, the park of L’Orangerie, the European Convention on Human Rights, and some fragments of the Berlin Wall.

Where to Sleep in Strasbourg?


In Strasbourg, you have a lot of hotel offers to choose from. I recommend at least making a night in this beautiful French city.

How to Get There?

You can get to Strasbourg by many different means of transport. We arrived by a car while making a road trip through France from Madrid.

Plane: The fastest way to get there is by plane, it takes two and a quarter hours, and there are direct flights from Madrid and other locations. Then you can rent a car and tour the Alsace, and if you have more days, you must visit the Black Forest (Germany).

By Car: You can get there by car like we did or you can rent it there. It is, without a doubt, the most comfortable way to get to know this area.

When is the Best Time to Go to Strasbourg?

I think Strasbourg is a city for year-round travel. Although the weather is a bit cold due to its geographical location between October and March, it rains often, and the sun is rarely seen.

The temperatures are more pleasant in April, May, and September, but you can catch some rain at any time. And for those who like to play it safe, the best temperatures are in the summer, June, July, and August.

At Easter, this area is very picturesque due to the décor. There’s plenty of tourism, but it’s not overwhelming.

In June, there is a classical music festival; in September, a fair is held; and in December, the city becomes the capital of Christmas.

A bit of Strasbourg history

The city of Strasbourg originates in a Roman square called Argentorata, which was destroyed by the barbarians and rebuilt in the 7th century under the name of Stratzeburg, which means “city of roads.”

It belonged to the Germanic Empire for almost a millennium, being one of its most prestigious towns. Strasbourg achieved a high standard of living due to navigation and trade.

In 1262 after several struggles between the bishop and the nobility, the city gained independence and became an imperial-free city.

The arts and sciences grew, and Protestantism developed. In 1681 the city was occupied by the French and fortified by Vauban.

Between 1870 and 1918 and between 1940 and 1944, the city returned to German hands.

Tell me, do you know Strasbourg? Did you like it? Please leave us your recommendations!!!

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Last Updated on 9 October, 2023 by Veronica

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  1. Don’t forget the Jewish history in Alsace, the synagogues and cemeteries and streets as well as the Neustadt.

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