Strasbourg France sightseeing is so often overlooked, and, for the life of me, I don’t understand why. Strasbourg is a wonderful city to spend time in.
Strasbourg, having been possessed by both Germany and France of the years, is a great mix of Germanic and Franco influences. Whether that be food, or whether that be architecture, the mix is an appealing one.
Strasbourg France Sightseeing
For many, your arrival into Strasbourg will be at the Gare de Strasbourg, Strasbourg’s main train station. I think it is the most fun and interesting way to visit, and it’s a great way to start your Strasbourg sightseeing to boot. The gare is an interesting sight to see in itself.
We arrived here in the stifling heat and immediately wilted. Our hotel was only a few paces from the train station, which was good. Unfortunately, there was no air-conditioning, nor fan in the room. Normally, not having air-conditioning isn’t something we would complain about, but it is miserably hot today.
After dropping the bags, it’s time to head out and begin an incredible Strasbourg France sightseeing expedition. And, there is so much. You’ll be completely enthralled.
So, what is there to see and do in Strasbourg France?
The Grand Ile, or The Big Island, is where you are going to be spending most of your time. It is the part of town that is filled with all of the half-timbered buildings and is the fairy tale image you have in your head when thinking of Europe. On the Grand Ile is where you will find the other sights as well.
Petite France is a small section of the Grand Ile near the canals and is the most picturesque part of the town. This is a can’t miss.
Also here, you will find Cathedral Notre Dame. This cathedral is unique in that it has only one spire. It is also the tallest in France. This is an amazingly beautiful cathedral. Be sure not to miss it and the astronomical clock that is housed inside.
There is a whole host of museums to take in. From the Musee du l’Ouevre to the Rohan to the Musee de Alsacien and others. Each offering the visitor a widely different experience that will keep you busy for hours.
Oh, and let’s not forget Maison Kammerzell. This is ornately decorated old burgher’s house that is a great example of Alsation architecture. The ground floor is stone-built, the upper floors are half-timbered, and the windows are traditional leaded glass.
Things to Do in Strasbourg France
One of the things that Jodi and I try to take advantage of whenever possible is to take walking tour with a local guide. Often this will be for a group of about 6, but the two hour walking tour of Strasbourg Francewas a private one. The rate was under $30! You just can not beat that! Having a knowledgable and personable guide is such an eye opener and makes you realize how much you can miss otherwise.
Places to Stay in Strasbourg France
Our first night we stayed right across the street from the train station at:
Our chief concern, as we were arriving via train was something that was close to the station, and this sure filled the bill. You can see it right across the park outside the station. In addition to its convenient location, the price just can’t be beat. $73 dollars U.S at the time of this updated writing. This is not an upscale hotel. Clean and comfortable and a great value.
If you are more interested in center of town and would like to be a little more upscale, then let us recommend Hotel Cour du Cobeau Strasbourg. This one of the best located hotels in Strasbourg near all of the major sights. The rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable. The hotel is a great mix of old and modern styles.