Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, is a beautiful city near the German border.
Rich in a historic center declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Strasbourg can be easily visited on foot, by bicycle, or even by boat.
- How many days does it take to visit Strasbourg?
- Strasbourg Central Station [Gare de Strasbourg]
- Getting around the city, transport and tickets
- Kleber Square [Place Kléber]
- Gutenberg Square [Place Gutenberg]
- Strasbourg Cathedral [Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg]
- Rohan Palace [Palais des Rohan]
- Boat tour “Batorama”
- Hotel in Strasbourg
- In conclusion
How many days does it take to visit Strasbourg?
The tourist spots are concentrated in the old city, so you can visit the city of Strasbourg in 1 day.
Using the TGV high-speed train, day trips to nearby cities are also possible
like Paris, Basel, Frankfurt…
Strasbourg Central Station [Gare de Strasbourg]
Strasbourg central train station is where the old meets the new.
Indeed, the architect Jean-Marie Duthilleul designed a glass room that envelops the historic
building of the station. This glass dome design won the 2008 Brunel Award.
French high-speed trains such as TGV and German high-speed trains such as ICE leave from the station. It also allows excellent access to the city of Strasbourg by metro A-D and tram.
Getting around the city, transport and tickets
Getting around Strasbourg is very simple, the historic center can be reached on foot or by tram.
As we had planned a couple of train/bus trips during the three days in Strasbourg,
we stayed close to the station
From Strasbourg central station, take tram A or D to Place de la Clebert,
in the heart of the historic center, get off at the “Homme de Fer” stop, from there you can visit
all the attractions and the shopping street.
Automatic ticket machines are present in every tram station.
How much is a ticket?
Single ticket € 1.80
24-hour ticket (for 1 person) € 4.60
24-hour ticket (for 2-3 people) € 6.90
10 tickets for 1 person € 14.10
“Galeries Lafayette” and “PRINTEMPS”, but also branded stores and fast fashion stores.
Kleber Square [Place Kléber]
Kleber Square is the main square in the center of the old town.
In the square is the statue of Jean-Baptiste Kleber, a glorious figure of the city.
From Kleber Square to Gutenberg Square …
Make your way to the cathedral as you enjoy the shop windows.
Gutenberg Square [Place Gutenberg]
Gutenberg Square is located near the Strasbourg Cathedral.
In the center of the square is the statue of the printer Gutenberg holding a parchment.
Behind the statue, is the Neue Bau, the former Strasbourg City Hall, and
now the Alsace Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Strasbourg Cathedral [Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg]
From the square, go to the cathedral.
The magnificent Strasbourg Cathedral is visible in the center of the buildings!
This is an illustrious example of Vosges sandstone construction.
This stone gives it the reddish color that also characterizes other buildings such as
the Basel Cathedral.
It is a Gothic building, and its construction was extended for three centuries, from 1176 to 1439.
The cathedral is 142m high and is the tallest cathedral in France.
The outside is certainly impressive and characteristic but its inside is simply amazing!
Divided into three naves, surrounded by wonderful stained glass windows.
The natural light entering through the stained glass windows makes the cathedral even more beautiful.
The stained glass windows date back to the 12th and 14th centuries.
Rohan Palace [Palais des Rohan]
The Rohan Palace, near the cathedral, was built as
residence of the bishop of Strasbourg in the 18th century.
Currently, it houses three different museums:
– The Musée des arts décoratifs, which exhibits collections of ceramics, watches and furniture.
– The Musée des beaux-arts which houses paintings from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century.
– The Musée Archéologique, covers the entire history of ancient Alsace,
from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages.
The place where you can see these half-timbered houses is Petite France.
About 15 minutes walk from the historic center
Head to the pier and explore Strasbourg through its canals
Boat tour “Batorama”
Batorama offers two different circuits:
– 1h10, 8 km
– 45 minutes, 4 km
We chose the 1h10 one. From the city center to the European Parliament, passing through the imperial quarter of Neustadt, discover Strasbourg from a unique perspective!
Audio guide in various languages is included.
Ticket vending machines are installed at Loan Palace Pier,
You can buy in advance by selecting the desired time and type of boat.
Arrivals and departures of the boat at the dock near the Rohan palace.
We chose an air-conditioned boat. Despite this, it was still hot because of the strong sun.
Hotel in Strasbourg
If you plan to use Strasbourg as a base to travel by train or bus, we recommend that you stay in hotels near the station. In this area, 3-4 star hotels are reasonably priced.
The hotel where we stayed is “Hotel Vendome“.
The room was clean, air conditioned and there was free W-Fi.
From the window of the room, you could see the station and enjoy the view at different
hours of the day and night.
Strasbourg is a beautiful city with a mix of German and French culture.
It is in an advantageous location, why not take a trip to Strasbourg from Paris or Frankfurt?