Visit to Strasbourg from PARIS

Strasbourg, is a capital city of the Grand Est.(Alsace) region located at north-eastern tip of France bordering with Germany and Switzerland.  It is an official seat of European Parliament.  As Strasbourg lies on the border of France & Germany, its culture and architecture reflects French & German style.  Also Strasbourg is known as French Home of European Parliament.  Strasbourg is 2 hours away from Paris by rail.  Read this to know more about Visit to Strasbourg from Paris.

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Visit to Strasbourg from Paris

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris

Strasbourg is France’s most charming fairy-tale city surrounded by famous Black Forest.  This city comprises of medieval styled half timber houses covered with fresh flowers, cobbled stoned street square, elegant mansions.  In summers, cafe tables takes over all open spaces making it a very lively place to visit.  In winters snowy Strasbourg looks like wonderland having best-est of  Christmas markets of Europe.  Let’s explore not to be missed places while Visit to Strasbourg from Paris.

CATHEDRALE NOTRE DAME DE STRASBOURG – This magnificent 15th century Roman Catholic church is made up of rose colored sandstone and is one of the most iconic place to visit in France.  Highlight of this church is medieval astronomical clock with a daily performance at 12:30 PM.  Hosts one the most beautiful winter markets in the square.  

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

CENTRE VILLE DE STRASBOURG – It is the core of Strasbourg surrounded by Gothic architectures, floral displays, with full of lively cosmopolitan vibes.  

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Centre Ville de Strasbourg

PLACE KLEBERCentral and largest square of Strasbourg which is heart of city.  It is also Strasbourg’s historic center known as Grand Ille(Grand Island) and so this area was classified a world heritage site in 1988 by UNESCO.  There lies the statue of Kleber  in the center. 

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Place Kleber

LA PETITE FRANCELa Petite is one of the stunning part of Strasbourg.  Located on Grand Ill between III river and center of city.  This area is famous for numerous canals and historic buildings also known as Small France by French people.  This area is filled with rustic half timber houses decorated with flowers and sandstone buildings.  This is also an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. 

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La Petite France

MUSEE ALSACIEN – In this museum, tourists can have a glimpse of folk art, traditions and charming replicas of ancient houses depicting rural life of Alsace.  



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Musee Alsacien

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT As Strasbourg is an official seat of European Parliament, this huge glass building has lots of significance not only to France but for whole Europe.  It is closed on weekends and public holidays for visitors.

PALAIS ROHAN – Also known as Versailles in miniature, this is a 18th century residence with treasures.  This Palace possesses Hannong ceramics, gleaming silverware depicting lavish French lifestyle of 18th century.  

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Palais Rohan

BOAT TOUR IN III RIVER – This river canal of Alsace is western tributary of Rhine.  Boating and kayaking is preferred to experience the most stunning views of the city.

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Boat Tour in III river

DISCOVER THE BRIDGES – Strasbourg has more than 20 bridges with cute and picturesque parts of the city.  The Barrage Vauban built in 17th century is the most famous bridge.  

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Discover the bridges

QUARTER KRUTENAU – Most lively neighbourhoods of Strasbourg with old world charm, trendy restaurants, art shops.  There is friendly village atmosphere in this quarter. It is a pleasant area for walk or stroll around.  

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Quarter Krutenau

STRASBOURG RAILWAY STATION – It is the second largest train station in France, which lies 1 km north of III river in center of city.  Very convenient to go Germany and Switzerland from this place.  There are nearly 14 trains in a day between Paris & Strasbourg, which takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes. If traveling to Switzerland and Germany it is very convenient.  Basel & Luzern are about 1 hours & 2 hours away from here.  Freiburg and Triberg which is Germany’s highest waterfalls are on the edge of famous BLACK FOREST is just an hour away from Strasbourg. Strasbourg is surrounded by Black Forest and is recommended highly for stunning scenic beauty.  There are many trains passing from Strasbourg, which can take you to these Black Forest countryside stations. Strasbourg can also be reached by Munich through rail takeing 4 hours and 20 minutes.  

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Strasbourg Railway Station

EGLISE DE SAINT THOMAS – This is located on the ancient church site of 6th century. This old church was destroyed by fire, and was rebuilt in 12th century.  This church has a 400 years old clock and its bell is heard all over the city.

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Eglise de Saint Thomas Church

There are many International Festival and events held in Strasbourg, all year round.

  • Christmas Market (Nov. 28th to December 31st)
  • European Fantastic Film Festival (September)
  • Strasbourg Festival of Music (June).  Annual 2 week festival focusing on classical composers.
  • Festival of Musica of Today’s Music (Sept- Oct)  Three week festival with musicians from all over the world performing on modern music and new styles of music.
  • Street Arts Festival (mid August)  Street performers performing at city center making whole Strasbourg more lively.

RECOMMENDED TIPS FOR VISIT TO STRASBOURG FROM PARIS |  STRASBOURG SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTIONS-

Cycle/Bike Around 

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Cycle Around

Feel the poetic city of tiny rivers and narrow alleys adding rustic charm to city.

Visit to Strasbourg from Paris
Decor of houses in Strasbourg

WHERE TO STAY IN STRASBOURG – Near III river (river view hotel) , near Grand ILLE with historic city view or LA PETITE area in a rustic boutique hotel.  View of Strasbourg city and river from my hotel room. I stayed in Novotel near the river.  

Strasbourg is a relatively safe city in Europe.  So let’s do a Visit to Strasbourg from Paris

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So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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38 Comments

  1. It’s always impressive to see the old French bridges and 20 of them is a lot! These are outdone by the Instagrammable and colorful houses of the UNESCO center. The Notre Dame of Strasbourg is one of the most impressive I have seen, especially with the historic buildings surrounding it.

  2. France isn’t high on my list at all but seeing photos of this place certainly makes me rethink that! Some beautiful buildings there, straight out of a fairy tale. The idea of cycling around during one of those great festivals, perhaps the Christmas market one, sounds absolutely amazing!

  3. You know – when I first saw your photos I thought of German architecture…but then I read Strasbourg is in France. Totally makes sense that it is on the border because you can truly see the influences. Miniature Versailles would totally be interesting to visit – its architecture looks beautiful. I think what I would love most to do is visit the Christmas market!!!

  4. Ok! That’s one more of the 3 seats of European Parliament. Soon I’m gonna go check out the EU Parliament in Brussels. Good to see Strasbourg through your blog!
    Boat Trip on River is always awesome. Notre Dame cathedral is just spectacular….

  5. the colourful buildings in Place Kleber look so beautiful, there is one pink building in Toronto that looks like those, unfortunately the buildings here are not as architecturally beautiful as they are in Strasbourg and it does look very ‘poetic’. I think I’d love to experience a Christmas Market here

  6. Strasbourg is such an inviting place alone and yet France has so many beautiful destinations to offer its visitors. Thank you for sharing your journey through words and beautiful photos. This is exactly why I am passionate about travel blogging.

  7. I’ve yet to visit Strasbourg, but it looks so pretty. You can definitely see the medieval influence in the buildings, and the mini Versailles is incredible. I’ve yet to see any bad photos of the Notre Dame, and yours is particularly stunning! A beautiful and colorful place I’d like to visit for sure.

  8. I have heard about Strasbourg but I have always thought it was in Germany!😳😅 Thats great that I found your guide to Strasbourg or I would still belive that this city lays in Germany! Every thing really are beautiful and impressive from the cathedral de notre dam to the more modern Strasbourg railway station! And particular La petite France, very lovely it must be walking there! It is not far from Bern so hopefully I could do a weekend getaway to Strasbourg!

  9. Strasbourg is such an interesting place to visit. I know of the Cathederal. I saw it somewhere yesterday but those bridges are new to me and wow! They are pretty much many. I’d love a boat ride in River III and explore the in and out of medieval city. And I wonder what a Christmas market would look like here.

  10. The half timber houses of La Petite France are adorable. I love city with bridges, it always enhances the aesthetic beauty of cities! Impressed to know Strasbourg is the second largest train station in France.

  11. Okay.. I can’t be the only one getting major beauty and the best vibes here. That town is probably the most picturesque place I have seen this month! I would love to do a tour of the 20 bridges while I am there and note the difference between all of them! I have always wanted to visit France, but I never know where to go other than Paris. Thank you for the insight to this beautiful town, and teaching me how to get there!

  12. Love this trip… reminded me of my own in Strassbourg. The cathedral is hard to capture in one frame.
    You are right it has still retained the old world charm. I am itching to go back again if I get a chance.

  13. Strausburg looks beautiful! I’ve been wanting to go the the Alsace region of France for AGES, and what a perfect first stop this would make! I think I’d probably take literally thousands of pictures in La Petite alone. So nice that it’s less than 2.5 hours away from Paris by train!

  14. Strasbourg is grand and beautiful. I liked the architecture of all the monuments. Palais Rohan seems very interesting to me. I would love to visit here and walk through all the bridges exploring the town.

  15. Truly, Europe is home to great architectures. Also it looks like that Strasbourg is cross cultural due to its geographical location. The city is so peaceful with its vibrant color. How I wish it’s easy for me to go there.

  16. I love your articles where you bring out the beauty of these small, little, cute, quaint and gem of places. Europe is known for gorgeous landscapes and architectural beauty. I am sure Strasbourg is another gorgeous place that gives a cultural mix of France and Germany. I would love to go here for the magical winterland, for its famous cathedral, for the bridges, for the boat tour and more.

  17. I always knew that Strasbourg was one of the seats of the EU and never really wanted to visit it. However, the fact that it’s on the French/German border makes it more attractive to me now. I would also like to check out the Christmas market in its due season.

  18. Sounds like Strasbourg is a fabulous day trip from Paris – and I can definitely see the charming fairy tale allure! The cathedral is absolutely stunning (as are your photos!) I’m obsessed with medieval architecture at the moment, so can’t believe I haven’t yet been! Love the colorful buildings in Grand Ille, and La Petite looks like something straight out of Beauty and the Beast!

    So charming! I might actually throw out the day trip and stay a couple of days 🙂

  19. Reading this made me want to visit Strabourg! What a quaint town it seriously looks like it is out of a disney set. I feel like this would be a great little side trip to Paris since you can get there so easily by train. It seems like this would be spectacular at Christmas time too!

  20. I’ve been wanting to visit Strasbourg for a long time, but I didn’t realize there are so many cute neighborhoods — such as Quarter Krutenau and La Petite France. I also didn’t realize that it’s only two hours from Paris by train — so convenient for a Gothic getaway! I hope to get there soon, and I think it would be fun to bike around or kayak the river, as you suggested! Thanks for the tips and travel inspiration! 🙂

  21. The first time we saw the half-timbered houses was in the German city of Nuremberg they are absolutely stunning and would be top reasons for us to visit Strasbourg. The city looks like a great place to visit for the numerous bridges and the magnificent architecture of the Notredam and the Palais Rohan. Good to know its only 2 hours from Paris definitely on our list.

  22. I love the idea of travelling around Europe but I spend all the time in South America. I must try and get back for the Christmas market one day soon. You’ve definitely inspired me with your photographs of all that amazing architecture 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  23. These European towns are the stuff of fairy tale. Prior to reading your post, I didn’t even know that Strasbourg existed. I love the beautiful architecture and I am sure that I would be spellbound seeing them in person. It’s like walking into a fairy tale book or stepping back in time.

  24. Strasbourg looks like the perfect picturesque European town. I unfortunately haven’t made it outside of Paris in France yet but would love to visit the Alsace region. It’s pretty incredible that there are multiple UNESCO sites just within Strasbourg alone. And I love your suggestion of renting bikes and biking around the city!

  25. I had been to Strasbourg and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately it was raining so i couldn’t explore as much as i wanted. I absolutely loved the La Petite and boat ride. Your post brought back my memories about Strasbourg.

  26. Strasbourg is grand and beautiful. I liked the architecture of all the monuments. Palais Rohan seems very interesting to me..Great websites! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Reading this made me want to visit Strasbourg! and its beautiful. Thank you for the insight to this beautiful town, and teaching me how to get there!

  28. Strasbourg is indeed nothing short of a revelation. So charming with a vintage elegance. A two hour ride train ride from Paris, that is quite near. Wish we could have made it there when we were in Paris. Your pictures bring alive the vibrancy and charm of the place so well. Especially interested in the Cathedral Notre Dame.

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