The capital of France’s Grand Est region, Strasbourg is a popular place for travelers of all ages. There’s so much to see and do in this beautiful and historic city - which is extremely well known for being the home of the European Parliament (EP). Some of the main attractions you shouldn’t miss in addition to the EP are the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, Place Gutenberg, and the charming streets of the Petite France District. Of course, no vacation is complete without trying out the local cuisine so we’ve added a couple of restaurants and cafes you shouldn’t miss to our list as well.
1.Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, or Strasbourg Cathedral as it is popularly known, is a Catholic place of worship housed in one of the finest examples of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For over 200 years from the mid-1600s onward, the cathedral building was the tallest in the world towering at 466 feet. The cathedral has such a rich history, with its initial construction dating back to 1176. Today, visitors will be able to see some truly interesting aspects in both architecture and decor. While you’re there, take note of the stunning stained glass windows, a tombstone of Conrad de Lichtenberg, a richly ornate pulpit by Hans Hammer, and a suspended pipe organ dating back to the 1300s.
Address: Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-21-43-34
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Strasbourg has always played an important role in bringing together Europeans, though it hasn’t always been a peaceful. Presently, Strasbourg houses the European Parliament (EP) and visiting it is a wonderful way for people to better understand the largest transnational parliament in the world, the powers it has and the role it plays. Visiting the parliament will give you a chance to explore the parlamentarium Simone Veil and the Hemicycle plenary chamber. The parlamentarium Simone Veil is a dynamic and immersive experience that will show you how the European Parliament works and how it impacts the lives of citizen, while the Hemicycle has been the setting for many historic votes seating all 751 members of the EP.
Address: 1 Avenue du Président Robert Schuman, 67000 Strasbourg, France
3.Petite France District
Strasbourg’s Petite France District, also known as Tanner’s Quarters, was once the home of millers, tanners, and fisherman, but is now one of the area’s most renowned tourist attractions. The historic quarter is filled with a charm and romance that can’t be found anywhere else in Strasbourg. You will enjoy walking the narrow streets filled with half-timbered houses, cafes, and boutique stores in the daytime, but will see the quarter really come to life when night falls. Take a stroll over one of the quarter’s many mystical bridges or take a boat ride on the River III in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4.Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
© Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg is magnificent and one of a kind. It was founded in 1973 and has grown to house one of the most extensive collections of art in France. You’ll come across several pieces in varying mediums, from paintings and sculptures to graphic art and photographs. Altogether, there are over 18,000 pieces on display, and you can spend an entire day just taking it all in. While you’re there, be on the lookout for one of the many exhibitions and events that are housed there throughout the year. Also, be sure to stop by the art library, art bookshop, and the museum cafe which is housed on the roof terrace.
Address: 1 Place Hans-Jean-Arp, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-68-98-50-00
5.L’Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum
One of Strasbourg’s finest attractions, the L’Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum houses an extensive collection of decorative arts and Upper Rhenish fine arts from the early Middle Ages up to the late 1600s. As you explore the historic site, you’ll see the works of several artists such as Nikolaus Hagenauer, Hans Baldung, Niclas Gerhaert van Leyden, and Peter Hemmel von Andlau. The museum is also famed for its collection of architectural fragments, original sculptures, and glass windows which have been salvaged from other cathedrals and churches which were either destroyed or renovated over the years. Pieces you shouldn’t miss include gorgeous 17th-century cupboards, statues from Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, and a Romanesque stained-glass window titled “Head of Christ” which dates back to the 11th century.
Address: 3 Place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-68-98-50-00
A masterpiece of French Baroque architecture, Rohan Palace was completed in 1742 and can be found beside the Strasbourg Cathedral. It was the former residence of an ancient French noble family, The House of Rohan, and has hosted a number of French monarchs such as Marie Antoinette, Louis XV, and Napoleon. Today, the palace turned museum space is one of the city’s most prominent historical, architectural, and cultural landmarks. It currently houses the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Decorative Arts. You’ll be able to see an array of paintings, statues, reliefs, and exhibits throughout the palace and its museums.
Address: 2 Place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-68-98-51-60
7.Saint-Pierre Le Jeune Church
From a historical and architectural point of view, the Saint-Pierre Le Jeune Church is one of the most important religious structures in Strasbourg. There are so many different aspects which visitors should pay special attention to during their visit. For example, the burial crypt is the oldest part of the church and is the remains of a Columbian church erected in the 7th century. The Gothic main building itself dates back to the 14th century and is filled with frescoes, paintings, and monuments from this time onward. Other stunning aspects to keep an eye for include the pipe organ and the angel stoup.
Address: Place Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-32-41-61
As you walk around Strasbourg, one of the most common sights you’ll see if of a number of storks nesting on rooftops, chimneys, and trees. Believed to be a symbol of happiness, fertility, and good luck, the people were saddened to find a decline in the store population in the 1970s. Soon after, the Center of Reproduction, Repopulating, and Wintering of the Alsatian White Stork was opened within the Parc de l’Orangerie. The English-style park has a small zoo, a mini farm, and a lake, making it a great place to go for families. Visiting the center will give you the opportunity to see storks and how they love up close.
Center of Reproduction, Repopulating, and Wintering of the Alsatian White Stork
Located within Parc de l’Orangerie
Address: 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-61-62-88
9.Parc de l’Orangerie
Dating back to the 17th century, Parc de l’Orangerie is an English-style park that is extremely popular during the warmer months. People of all ages come to enjoy a picnic on the lush grounds surrounded by flowers and curated gardens. Children especially love visiting the park as it also houses a small zoo, a mini farm, and a lake. There is a recreational center within the park that offers amenities such as billiards tables, a bowling center, a restaurant and bar, terraced seating, and a stunning event space. The park is also home to the Center of Reproduction, Repopulating, and Wintering of the Alsatian White Stork where visitors can get an up close look at the storks Strasbourg is known for.
Address: Parc de l'Orangerie, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-61-62-88
La Place Gutenberg, or Gutenberg Square, is one of the most famed public squares in the city. You can find it just opposite of the main facade of the Strasbourg Cathedral. At the center of the square you’ll find a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the silversmith and inventor whom the square is named after. You’ll also see several elegant building surrounding the square, named the Strasbourg’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During certain seasons, visitors will also see a large, colorful merry-go-round in the middle of the square - this is often a favorite aspects with younger visitors. Be sure to keep some time during your adventure to have a drink or snack in one of the many French patisseries surrounding the square.
11.Place de la République
Bounded by the Theatre National de Strasbourg and stretching toward the Parc de l’Orangerie, the Place de la Republique is a wonderful public square to spend a couple of hours. You’ll see an array of neo-Renaissance buildings surround the square many of which feature a number of interesting statues. The surrounding neighborhood is extremely lively and filled with boutique stores and cafes and restaurants from which you can people watch while enjoying a snack. During the weekend, you’ll see people of all ages congregate at the square, playing board games, performing, and having a good time.
12.The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque of Strasbourg is a lovely structure dedicated to Islam which was inaugurated in 2012. People of all beliefs are welcome at the mosque to take in its architectural beauty. The mosque was designed by Paolo Portoghesi, an Italian architect who also designed the Mosque of Rome. Within the marvelous building, you’ll see stunning examples of Moroccan architecture and decor as well as gorgeous Arabic calligraphy around the hall. It is one of twenty mosques in Strasbourg and has become an iconic symbol of the city, attracting thousands of tourists, school children, and more.
Address: 6 Rue Averroes, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-22-10-95
13.The Vauban Dam
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The Vauban Dam, or the Great Lock as it is often called, can be found just a short distance away from Strasbourg’s Covered Bridges. The dam protects the entire southern end of the town, which can be flooded if the dam is released. It was built in 1690 based on the plans of military engineer Vauban. Visitors love visiting the stunning site as it has a panoramic terrace from which you can admire the town’s network of canals and its layout of beautiful architectural structures. One of the city’s most visited tourist sites, you should definitely stop by on your next visit.
Address: Place du Quartier Blanc, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-52-28-28
14.The Garden of Two Shores
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Situated along both sides of the River Rhine, the Garden of Two Shores connects the borders of France and Germany with a bridge. It’s often filled with people walking or biking across the bridge looking out onto the gorgeous views of the gardens on either side. The 150-hectare cross-border garden is lovely throughout the year, has a playground for children, and hosts several events such as circus performances, concerts, floral exhibitions, and much more. The garden, which is an ongoing symbol of friendship between the two countries, has even played host to the 2009 NATO summit meeting.
Address: 3 Rue des Cavaliers, 67000 Strasbourg, Phone: +33-3-88-52-28-28
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Neustadt, which literally translates to New Town, is a district that was created by the Germans in the late 1800s during the Reichsland period as a more modern extension of the old city. Its decades-long creation was a turning point in Strasbourg’s history, and today, Neustadt offers visitors the opportunity to see an exceptional blend of European architectural influences. The area stretches from the old part of the city toward the Palais du Rhin and comprises several other historic monuments and buildings such as the University Palace, the National Theatre of Strasbourg, St. Paul’s Church, the Strasbourg Railway Station, and the Palais de Justice.
16.Batorama Boat Tour
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See one of the grandest and most unique perspectives of Strasbourg from the water with Batorama Boat Tours. The cruise will take you through the imperial district of Neustadt, from downtown all the way to the European Parliament. During the tour you’ll be able to see stunning views of three of Strasbourg’s most symbolic districts. Witness the beauty of Palais Rohan and the charm of La Petite France in the Grande Ile, see the Palace of the Rhine in Neustadt, and admire the European Parliament within the European Quarter. Depending on the weather, the cruise will either be on an open boat or an enclosed on; don’t worry though as the enclosed ones are temperature controlled to ensure maximum comfort.
Address: Place de la Cathedrale
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Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in all of France. Well known as Christkindelsmarik, the market has been around since 1570 and is now housed in one of the area’s most famed town squares: Place Broglie. Located near the majestic Cathedral of Notre Dame, the market is home to an array of vendors from small producers and manufacturers to more renowned ones. After hours of exploring the stalls, head over to the traditional Great Christmas Tree to admire its sparkling lights and breathtaking decorations. Those who are traveling with younger children will definitely want to visit Children’s World, which can be found in Place Saint Thomas.
18.Académie de la Biere
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The Academie de la Biera, or the Academy of Beer, was established in 1986 right in the heart of Strasbourg’s Petite France neighborhood. Perfectly housed in what was once a bar, the Academy of Beer is a place for amateurs and connoisseurs alike to come together and enjoy a wide range of draft beers - some from Alsace and others from all around the world. The brewery has grown and expanded over the years, but the friendly atmosphere has remained the same throughout. You can go to the Academy of Beer any time and know that a cold beer and a delicious meal always await you.
Address: 17, RUE ADOLPHE SEYBOTH 67000 STRASBOURG, Phone: +33-1-43-54-66-65
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The Tapas Cafe is Strasbourg opened to the public in the summer of 1997 and was one of the first tapas bars in all of eastern France. Since then, it has grown drastically but retained its charming environment and dedication to serving delicious cuisine which represents the Spanish culture. The dynamic cafe is often filled with diners from all over the world, all of whom come for the celebratory atmosphere, good music, drinks, and of course, the mouthwatering food. Be sure to try out their tapas, which are so good they named their cafe after it. If you’re in luck, you may attend one of their regularly scheduled theme nights which are tons of fun.
Address: 16, rue du Bain Finkwiller, Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-24-57-30
Just a short walk away from the Cathedral of Notre Dame, L’Epicerie is an award-winning restaurant in Strasbourg which serves an array of French and European foods. Their soup of the day is extremely popular with diners, as is their tartine. Combine your meal with one of their Chartreuse themed cocktails for that extra special touch. Patrons who are looking for vegan or vegetarian friendly will have an array to choose from as well. During the warmer months, enjoy your meal while sitting outdoors and enjoying the view. At L’Epicerie you’re guaranteed a fantastic French dining experience in an environment unlike any other.
Address: 6 Rue du Vieux Seigle, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-32-52-41
21.Le Bar Champagne
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A part of the Regent Petite France Hotel & Spa, Le Bar Champagne is a chic place to enjoy a drink while in Strasbourg. The glamorous atmosphere makes it the perfect place to hang out with a couple of friends, have a pre or post meal drink date, or to just have a nightcap before you head to bed. Have one of their renowned snacks or sandwiches such as their club sandwich, hamburger, chocolate mousse, or fruit salad. At night, the bar takes on a more intimate setting with its dimmed lights and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows which look out onto the water.
Located within the Regent Petite France Hotel & Spa
Address: 5 Rue des Moulins, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-76-43-43
22.Les Freres Berthom
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A beer bar unlike any other you’ve been to, Les Freres Berthom is a name which has been serving customers all across France. They now have over 15 locations, with their Strasbourg bar being just a short walk away from the Notre Dame Cathedral and Place Gutenberg. The amazing team has been around since 1994 and continues to provide a unique and cheerful environment where people from all over the world come together to share their passion for delicious beer. Some of their most popular brews are the Beersel Morning, the Ardenne Beauty Summer, and All The Leaves Are Brown.
Address: 18 Rue des Tonneliers, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-32-81-18
© La Laiterie
La Laiterie is an intimate music venue and dining establishment which gives the locals and visitors of Strasbourg an opportunity to see emerging artists and bands perform. Their lineup is constantly changing, ensuring that each time you visit you’ll be introduced to a new experience. In addition to the performances, which vary from rock and alternative to rap and hip hop, visitors may also visit the La Laiteries to attend one of their many music workshops which are held throughout the year. These workshops give you the opportunity to learn from professionals within the industry.
Address: 13 Rue du Hohwald, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-23-72-37
© Au Camionneur
Offering a unique dinner and a show type of atmosphere, Au Camionneur is a wonderful place for some of the most delicious food and amazing entertainment in Strasbourg. There’s always something new and fun going on at Au Camionneur such as improv nights, concerts, shows, and much more. Those who are more focused on the food are in a for a culinary treat, as they offer an array of local and international cuisine for you to enjoy before the performance. Discover new talent, feast on a mouthwatering meal, and generally have a great time at Au Camionneur.
Address: 14 Rue Georges Wodli, 67000 Strasbourg, France, Phone: +33-3-88-13-51-70
24 Best Things to Do in Strasbourg, France
- Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, Photo: tinofotografie/stock.adobe.com
- European Parliament, Photo: philippe montembaut/stock.adobe.com
- Petite France District, Photo: emperorcosar/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Photo: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- L’Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum, Photo: rh2010/stock.adobe.com
- Rohan Palace, Photo: elitravo/stock.adobe.com
- Saint-Pierre Le Jeune Church, Photo: Mellow10/stock.adobe.com
- Storks, Photo: Comofoto/stock.adobe.com
- Parc de l’Orangerie, Photo: Godoy/stock.adobe.com
- Gutenberg Square, Photo: Mellow10/stock.adobe.com
- Place de la République, Photo: EKH-Pictures/stock.adobe.com
- The Great Mosque, Photo: ifeelstock/stock.adobe.com
- The Vauban Dam, Photo: Pierre Violet/stock.adobe.com
- The Garden of Two Shores, Photo: Jonathan Stutz/stock.adobe.com
- Neustadt, Photo: Jonathan Stutz/stock.adobe.com
- Batorama Boat Tour, Photo: Alexi Tauzin/stock.adobe.com
- Christmas Markets, Photo: Leonid Andronov/stock.adobe.com
- Académie de la Biere, Photo: Académie de la Bière
- Tapas Cafe, Photo: Tapas Cafe
- L’Epicerie, Photo: L’Epicerie
- Le Bar Champagne, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Les Freres Berthom, Photo: Syda Productions/stock.adobe.com
- La Laiterie, Photo: La Laiterie
- Au Camionneur, Photo: Au Camionneur
- Cover Photo: Miki Studio/stock.adobe.com