Strasbourg: fairytale city at the crossroads of Europe

Be enchanted by the Alsatian capital Strasbourg, with its imposing Gothic cathedral, canals and medieval half-timbered houses

Strasbourg is a cosmopolitan metropolis proud of its Alsatian roots. Positioned on an island surrounded by the River Ill, its old town is criss-crossed by picturesque canals and crammed with cobbled street. Pretty, brightly painted houses with steep pitched roofs hide a world of atmospheric wine cellars and gourmet haunts. Start with a tour of Strasbourg’s majestic pink sandstone Notre Dame Cathedral with its façade’s intricate sculptures and gargoyles.

The stained-glass windows dating from the 12th and 14th centuries form a particularly enchanting sight along with the rose window. The Renaissance astronomical clock, (the mechanism of which dates from 1842) is a masterpiece in its own right, and visitors can admire a parade by the apostles every day at half past noon. Climb up to the viewing platform for superb views of the old town, with the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest on the horizon.

Walk around the old town, taking in the leaning half-timbered medieval houses and quaint waterways of the petit of the Petit France district, once a bustling trading place for dyers and tanners. Explore the canals by boat: tours take the passengers around the Grand Ile, past the Vauban Dam to the sparkling European Parliament.

Other museums worth visiting are the charming Musée Alsacien, housed in three medieval townhouses, and the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, in a striking riverside building.

In Strasbourg, cooking is more than just an art of living: it is a vibrant and living culture backed up by centuries of tradition. Strasbourg is renowned for its hundreds of restaurants and brasseries offering the latest culinary trends and traditional Alsatian specialities such as sauerkraut, baeckeoffe and flambé tart which can be best enjoyed in the “winstubs”, local Alsatian taverns known for their friendly atmosphere.

ShortBreaks offer includes:

  • 3 nights B&B accommodation at the 4* Maison Rouge Hotel
  • Return Eurostar including onward connection to Strasbourg via the high-speed TGV train
  • One Buffet dinner per person at the Restaurant Chaîne d’Or
  • One Fish Sauerkraut Lunch at the restaurant Gruber
  • One 3 course dinner per person at the historic Restaurant Ancienne Douane
  • 3-day City Pass
  • Self Drive option available

This article was in partnership with Strasbourg Tourism

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