The city of Strasbourg is located in eastern France, on the left bank of the Rhine and just on the border of France and Germany.
Population: 461,042 inhabitants
Population Density:3478 inhab/ km² (miles square)
Name of the inhabitants: Strasbourgeois, Strasbourgeoise
Postcode: 67000, 67100, 67200
Due to its geographic position, Strasbourg is an important European crossroads and a dynamic city that hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The city acquired rather early a very extensive transportation network with an efficient layout. During your visit in Strasbourg, you’ll also have the chance to get around quickly and efficiently in urban center.
Strasbourg is accessible and navigable by car. From Paris, you can get to Strasbourg on highway A4, but the city is also serviced by other highways and national highways like the A35 (traffic is very dense during rush hours), N4 or N83. Once in Strasbourg, we recommend you to leave your car and enjoy the public transportation to get better acquainted with Strasbourg’s most beautiful nooks and crannies.
You can get to Strasbourg by train from numerous French cities. In fact, the Strasbourg-Ville train station makes up the center of a large railway network. From the Gare de l’Est in Paris, the trip to Strasbourg only lasts two hours. The TGV Rhin-Rhône also passes by the city of Strasbourg and allows you to make connections from cities like Mulhouse, Dijon, Lyon, and Marseille. Thanks to the TER trains, you can also reach small cities in eastern France as well as cities in Germany. More information is available on the SNCF website..
The city of Strasbourg has a single airport available, the International of Strasbourg which is located 15 km south of the city center. The airport services around 50 destinations that are mostly in Europe like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Madrid, and even Prague. The German airport, Baden-Baden is located 60 km from Strasbourg and lets you connect to destinations like London and Berlin.
The tram is especially present in the city center and in the old city. The first tramline opened in 1994 and the city has added 6 more since then. Furthermore, it is the most extensive tram network in France with 70 stations for a total of 60 km of lines. The trams are managed by the CTS Strasbourg company and the price for a ticket is affordable (1.60* euros for a single fare, 3.10* euros for a round trip).
Urban buses are managed by the same company as the tramway, CTS Strasbourg. You can get around in the entire urban area thanks to their particularly extensive network (320 km of lines total). You can even get to the city of Kehl in Germany quickly thanks to certain bus lines. Prices are the same for the tram.
Strasbourg is a great destination for bike lovers. Since 2011, the city improved the quality and quantity of its bike paths and now has new bike racks so that cyclists can leave their bikes without worrying. From Strasbourg, you can also take the bike path, Veloroute Rhin (EuroVélo15), and continue on the German bike paths. You can rent bikes in many boutiques, but don’t dwell on the city’s Velhop, which is reserved for paying citizens of Strasbourg.
Let’s not forget that Strasbourg is located on a large body of water: the Ill. Once you are in Strasbourg, you can enjoy a Batorama to discover the splendors of the city and peacefully get around. This service offered by the Port Autonome de Strasbourg is well known and especially appreciated by visitors that flock in masses during fine weather days. The service is available all year round, including the colder months! The boat trip is free for anyone under 4, the price goes up to 12.50 euros for adults and 7.20 for anyone under 12.
Strasbourg is, above all else, the capital of Christmas.
In fact, for the past 400 years, the city has organized one of the best Christmas markets din France, thanks to its French and German heritage.
Also, if you have the chance to visit Strasbourg during the New Year’s celebrations or during the month of December in general, you won’t be disappointed.
The atmosphere is magical and spectacular at sunset. It’s at this rather particular time of the day that the streets, shop windows, as well as the Christmas market cabins light up.
You can stroll through the market to discover local artisans and delicious food or even try some chestnuts and mulled wine while discovering the giant pine situated on Place Kléber.
You won’t be at rest if you distance yourself from the heart of the market. In fact, the city doubles its efforts every year to highlight its cultural and architectural heritage thanks to light displays that flood the city in light during the time of the festival. Strasbourg is still by a long shot the French capital of the Christmas market and we recommend going there especially during this time of the year.
The beginning of summer
During the warmest months of the year, the city comes to life and moves to the rhythm of many festivals organized in Strasbourg, as well as in small communities in the surrounding area.
For example, during your summer stay you’ll have the chance to take part in an urban art festival, Contre Temps that takes place every year in June. During the festival, all forms of expression and urban art are focused on (hip-hop, street art, design, film, etc.) and you might also have the chance to meet some artists during meetings and talks organized by the festival.
Later in the summer, you’ll be able to discover the Strasbourg Music Festival that honors lyrical and contemporary classical music, and also revisits songs that are now at least part of our cultural heritage. This festival takes place for 3 weeks during the month of June.
The end of summer and fal
If Alsace is known for its Christmas markets, it is also known for its wine and beers.
Beer lovers will be able to enjoy themselves during the Fête de la Bière that takes place every year for a few days at the beginning of August in a small city north of Strasbourg: Schiltigheim. Every year, the atmosphere is easy-going and friendly, and you’ll have the occasion to discover and try many regional beers that are typical of Germany.
Additionally, at the end of August until mid-November, you can take part in the harvest in a welcoming atmosphere. Every year, the wine makers recruit volunteers to help harvest their grapes, a tiring activity, but rather gratifying for wine lovers.
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The prices indicated below are just for reference and include the price of one night in a standard double room and may vary depending on the season.
between 30 and 50 euros*:
at this price, you can stay in a basic hotel or apartment-hotel that may sometimes be a bit far from the center.
between 50 and 75 euros*:
you’ll have the opportunity to spend a pleasant stay in a hotel in the center of Strasbourg offering simple services
between 75 and 100 euros*:
for this amount, you can stay in a lovely hotel in the city center, maybe even located in a half-timbered house, offering refined services in an elegant setting.
more than 100 euros*:
you’ll have the chance to discover one of the most beautiful hotels or apartment-hotels in the city and having your dream stay in an idyllic decor.
The prices indicated below are just for reference and include the price of a dish/meal for one person.
between 5 and 15 euros*
If you are just a little hungry or want something sweet, we really recommend PUR etc. , an organic “fast good” restaurant where everything is homemade and depends on the seasonal vegetables and fruits. To discover one of the region’s local specialties, the famous flammekueche, we recommend Capt’ain Flam , a restaurant with an original concept. Instead of ordering the basic flammekueche (onions, creme, and pork), you can choose your toppings from among many salty or sweet products. It will then be rolled up like a crepe so you can take it to go and eat it more easily. (PUR etc, 15 place Saint-Etienne 122 Grand Rue Centre commerciale des Halles) (Cap’tain Flam, 9b rue des Frères)
from 15 to 30 euros*:
Make the most of your stay in Strasbourg by discovering Alsace and its traditional dishes. To extend your adventure, go to Winstub S’kaechele , a restaurant located in the heart of Strasbourg that offers delicious regional dishes. Please note that the restaurant is very small and well-known so think about booking a table before going! For a nice evening in a half-timbered house near Strasbourg, we recommend Deux Clefs d’Or, a charming family establishment that is acclaimed as much for its welcoming atmosphere as for its traditional cuisine. (Winstub S’kaechele, 8 rue de l’Argile) (Aux Deux Clefs d’Or, 21 rue du Moulin)
between 30 and 70 euros*:
For a lovely gourmet experience in Strasbourg, we recommend La Vignette,a beautiful establishment that offers refined, modern, and well-presented dishes. We also recommend the Esprit Terroir, an innovative gourmet restaurant that reinvents (the flavour as much as the presentation) traditional French dishes. Be aware that reservations are necessary in these two establishments (La Vignette, 29 rue Mélanie) (Esprit Terroir, 2 quai Finkwiller)
starting at 70 euros*:
If you are looking for a restaurant to celebrate a big occasion or just for fun, we recommend Le Buerehiesel, Chef Eric Westermann’s restaurant. The place offers dishes that taste just as good as they look! Once again, we recommend making reservations. (Le Buerehiesel, 4 parc de l’Orangerie)
If the city of Strasbourg has many museums, the city center is partially a museum on its own. In fact, for centuries, the community has fought to preserve the historical and architectural heritage of Strasbourg. Also, we recommend starting your stay with a quick tour of the most beautiful buildings and facades in the city.
* This travel guide was published in July 2015, prices may then vary.