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.
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.
CENTRE VILLE DE STRASBOURG – It is the core of Strasbourg surrounded by Gothic architectures, floral displays, with full of lively cosmopolitan vibes.
PLACE KLEBER – Central 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.
LA PETITE FRANCE – La 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
Feel the poetic city of tiny rivers and narrow alleys adding rustic charm to city.
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
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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