Introducing the city

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About Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace-Lorraine region in France and thrives in a unique environment that invites holidaymakers to embrace its German influences and explore its emphatic history.

If you didn’t think ‘ooh la la’ could be paired with German sausage, think again. Strasbourg is the closest you’ll get to a mix of French and German cultures, with some evident influences from its neighbouring country seen all around the city. With a population of nearly 275,000, the city sits beside the border in the north east of France and its unique ambiance makes for a fascinating visit for all tourists who want to explore a distinctive French city.

There’s plenty to marvel at in Strasbourg, with a number of squares and streets immersed in imposing architectural structures and sublime historical attractions including the grand, gothic Notre Dame cathedral. The Beautiful Alsatian homes that sit in districts like La Petite France underline the city’s charm and picturesque setting. And Strasbourg’s significance in the continent is equally as impressive standing home to a number of European institutions such as the European Parliament. That aside, holidaying in France couldn’t feel more German when in the city of Strasbourg. Just think - two cultures for the price of one - bargain.

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When Should You Visit?

If you enjoy the sunshine when abroad, unsurprisingly summer is your best option. December is also great when Marche de Noel comes to the city.

The city of Strasbourg experiences a mild continental climate. It’s engulfed by the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains so the summer months can enjoy some lovely warm weather with July and August receiving average highs of 26 degrees Celsius. In contrast, very little sunshine is present in winter with cold and snowy days very common and night time temperatures dropping below freezing in the coldest month of January. Spring sees warmer weather although evenings remain cold. As for autumn, September can see temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius but by November, frost is frequent. Rainfall is common and unpredictable throughout the whole year.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • Although there’s enough to see here, some people want to explore the sights in one or two days, and it’s possible to easily combine this city with a trip to Paris given the incredibly fast line that links the two. This is one of the quickest trains in the world reaching speeds of 320 kmph, travelling 303 miles in just 2 hours and 20 minutes. The journey itself is a sightseeing experience in itself with great views of the French countryside.

  • Strasbourg has been dubbed France’s most ‘cyclable’ city and you can get a Strasbourg Pass which includes half-a-day bike hire as well as other various discounts and freebies. This pass is a great way to save money and encourages you to cycle to and from the sights along some of the 248 miles of bike-friendly routes.

  • This city is the official seat of the European Parliament and instead of just looking at the striking glass covered structure, you can enjoy a guided tour of the chamber if you want to break away from the city’s old structures and see something a little more modern.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.55 | 12.00 €

3-Course Meal £43.95 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £2.22 | 2.52 €

Beer £4.40 | 5.00 €

The Scene

France is known for its delicious food and Strasbourg (in the region of Alsace) is no different. Here you will discover Alsatian cuisine which features Germanic culinary traditions. Some of the dishes which can be found at local hotspots in the city include baeckeofe (meat with potatoes), flamenküche (a thin onion, cheese and lardon pie) and choucroute (cabbage, meat, sausages and potatoes). Pork is the most associated meat of this region and is at the heart of many dishes here.

If you enjoy your wine, Alsace is an excellent producer of dry Rieslings (a white grape variety) which are known for their almost fragrant-like aromas. Likewise, this region is one of the biggest mass-producers of beer in France, with Strasbourg and surrounding cities home to breweries such as Kronenbourg and Fischer.

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History

Strasbourg’s Story

Strasbourg was once known as a Roman camp called Argentoratum which proved a strong defensive fort on the Ill River before becoming a free city of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire in 1262. The city’s strategic location made it a target for invaders looking to establish significant settlements and in 1681, Louis XV capitalised and annexed the city to France.

The wealthy occupied much of the city in the 18th century with a number of mansions built, although towards the end of the 1700’s, the French Revolution resulted in the destruction of many churches and cloisters. The 19th century was soon to bring modernisation, and Strasbourg was on the map as a significant European crossroads - the number of residents living here tripled and transport systems were built including the Marais-Vert railway station.

The outcome of the Franco-Prussian war in 1871, was to see Strasbourg fall under German occupation and a re-development of the city was underway. However, France were quick to take Strasbourg back after WWI until Germany returned to claim the Alsace region at the start of WWII due to the fall of France in 1940; the German reign was to be once again short-lived after liberation in 1944 resulting in France re-claiming the region.

The tug-of-war between the two countries over many years is why today we see many German influences within the city of Strasbourg which is now the seat of a number of European institutions including the European Parliament.

Language

Bonjour/Salut | Hello
Merci | Thank you

Speak The Lingo

French is the official language of Strasbourg although due to its proximity close to the German border, many people also speak German. English is understood by some although it is good to have a translation book handy. Here are some basics:

  • Excuse me: Excusez-moi
  • Please: S'il vous plaît
  • Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?

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Need to know

+33 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Numbers

Get The Low-Down

  • A service charge is included in most bills, although many still tip according to the level of service.
  • The airport is around nine miles north of the city centre.
  • The city’s biggest event ‘Marche de Noel’ is in December.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for France here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Notre Dame

Visit the architecturally impressive Cathédrale Notre Dame and enjoy spectacular vistas from its viewing platform.

2. La Petite France

Walk the picturesque streets filled with beautiful Alsatian homes in the district La Petite France.

3. Rohan Palace

Explore the mansions including Rohan Palace which features three in-house museums.

4. The Grande Île

Wander the famous city centre known as the Grande Île.

5. Quartier Krutenau

Take a sightseeing stroll and dine in the lively neighbourhood of Quartier Krutenau.


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