Top 10 best things to do and see in Strasbourg

Visiting Strasbourg : top 10 best things to do

Well-known for its famous Christmas market ant its European institutions, the Alsatian capital will amaze you with its historical heritage and its typical charm.

Strasbourg is the must-see city of the Eastern France which attracts many tourists every year. With its half-timbered houses, its museums, its majestic cathedral and its historic city-centre, will have plenty to discover in this magnificent European capital.

We have prepared the top 10 of the best things to do and see in Strasbourg.

1 - The Grande Île: the historic city-centre of Strasbourg

Ideal starting point to your visit to the Alsatian capital, the Grande Île of Strasbourg will surprise you for its remarkable architecture. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is above all the unmissable district of Strasbourg for admiring the main monuments.

2 – The Strasbourg cathedral of Notre-Dame

Sitting majestically in the heart of Strasbourg city-centre, Notre-Dame Cathedral is definitely a must-see! With its spire reaching a height of 140 meters, this masterpiece building of Gothic architecture makes the reputation of the city. Admire its façade, visit the inside (the visit is free) and for a panoramic and breathtaking view of Strasbourg, don't forget to climb onto the platform of the Cathedral Tower.

3 – La petite France

Picturesque district of the Grande Île, La Petite France is The postcard of Strasbourg. Admire all the charm of Alsace with its flowered half-timbered houses, its cobbled streets, its restaurants and its canals. Do not miss the Tanners’ House or the impressive plane tree on the quay of Turckheim (planted in 1667). In addition, the island is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, calm assured!

4 – The Place Kleber

Favourite place of gathering for the “Strasbourgeois”, the place Kleber is the public place of Strasbourg. It is here that you can admire the huge Christmas tree during Christmas time. Entirely pedestrianized, the square is lively all year round. All around the square, you will find shops and restaurants and the Aubette, a pink sandstone building dating from 1770.

5 - The Kammerzell house

Considered as the most beautiful house in Strasbourg, the Kammerzell house is classified as a historic monument thanks to the beauty and richness of its half-timbering so typical of the Alsatian region. Take the time to admire all its beauty and its wooden sculptures representing characters and scenes from history. The Kammerzell house is also an excellent restaurant, succumb to the house specialty, the sauerkraut with three fish!

6 - Rohan Palace

Located in the heart of the Grande Île, the Rohan Palace, formerly a princely residence, now houses 3 museums. Here you will find the archaeological museum on the history of Alsace, the Museum of Fine Arts, with a rich collection of paintings, and the Museum of Decorative Arts, with a collection of furniture and ceramics. Unmissable place for lovers of history and art, which is worth a detour for its beautiful facade.

7 - The Alsatian museum

Immerse yourself in the old Strasbourg life during your visit to the Alsatian museum. Museum of art and popular traditions, your visit will allow you to discover objects, costumes, clothing, furniture, toys of the times that trace and testify to the rural life of the region from the 18th to the 20th century. It is a journey full of charms through old Strasbourg residences that the museum offers, a true journey into the past.

8 - Taste Alsatian gastronomy

It is impossible to think of Alsace without thinking of its gastronomy. Do not miss the traditional Alsatian restaurants, called Winstub. You will not find a better place to taste the best of the local cuisine, the Alsatian sauerkraut of course but also the flambé pie, the baeckeofe and the famous kougelhopf.

9 - The European Parliament and the European Institutions

Known as the European capital for its institutions, a visit to Strasbourg involves a walk around the European Parliament. Not far from the Orangery Park, find the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. A 2.5 km walk around the European quarter will make you discover these majestic places in a fun way.
Want to know more ? Find our article dedicated to the European Institutions in Strasbourg.

10 - The Strasbourg Christmas market

You can't miss the most famous and oldest Christmas market in France. The Strasbourg Christmas market is a real journey. With its 300 chalets, soak up the magic of Christmas and stroll between Christmas decorations, crafts and local products. Admire the impressive fir tree erected on Kleber Square for the occasion and marvel at the commercial windows

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Practical information for visiting Strasbourg

Enjoy a visit of Strasbourg with family, couples or friends with the Strasbourg Pass. Valid for 3 consecutive days, it gives you time to discover the Alsatian capital at your own pace. Take advantage of many reduced rates on guided tours of the city, museums or even walks and rides in a small train or boat.

Would you like more information to plan your visits to Strasbourg? Visit the Tourist Office official website.