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Ophorus Tours - Strasbourg

Alsace

Strasbourg

We organize both half day and full day trips from Strasbourg to the most famous landmarks of the Alsace region. Our private or shared wine tasting tours of Alsace will take you along the Alsace wine route that is surrounded by vineyards. We also conduct fun & informative walking tours and Christmas market tours in winter.

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Learn more about Strasbourg

Strasbourg Travel Guide (Alsace, France) Strasbourg, the Capital of the Alsace region of France is certainly one of the cities of France that is worth visiting. With its rich cultural heritage that mixes both French and German influences, the city is classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to the European Parliament. The picture perfect Grande île historical center, surrounded by the River Ill, is one of the most charming of France. Strasbourg is also home to the oldest Christmas Market of Europe. A bit of History The history of Strasbourg goes back to the Bronze age but its really during the Roman times that one can really say Strasbourg was born. It is at the actual location ...

Strasbourg Travel Guide (Alsace, France)

Strasbourg, the Capital of the Alsace region of France is certainly one of the cities of France that is worth visiting. With its rich cultural heritage that mixes both French and German influences, the city is classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to the European Parliament. The picture perfect Grande île historical center, surrounded by the River Ill, is one of the most charming of France. Strasbourg is also home to the oldest Christmas Market of Europe.

A bit of History

The history of Strasbourg goes back to the Bronze age but its really during the Roman times that one can really say Strasbourg was born. It is at the actual location of the Strasbourg Cathedral that they decide to buil a Castrum, Argentoratum. Later, the Franks who are in control of Alsace in the 5th century, erect a new town by the name of Strateburgum.

During the Middle-Ages, the town gets rid of the guardianship of the Bishops and rapidly the Bourgeois merchants take power and the city becomes prosporous both economically and culturally. It is at that time that the building of the Cathedral will begin.

The 15th and 16th century can be defined as the Golden Age of Strasbourg. The town quickly adhered to the Protestant Reformation, as early as 1519, and masse was abolished in Strasbourg in 1529. During the 30 years war, the city is preserved from destruction skillfully negotiating as a neutral town.

In 1648, the Alsace region becomes French and Strasbourg, that had not been included in the Treaty of Westphalie, becomes French in 1681. The town is allowed to keep its Religion, University, institutions and laws. During Napolean times the towns is once again prosperous due to the Continental blocade and its central position in the European conquest of the Emperor.

As the unification of Germany progresses, conflict is getting closer. In 1870, war is declared against the Prussians but the defeat of the French Army signifies the loss of Alsace and a great part of the Lorraine territory. The town will become French again at the end of WWI only to be back into German hands during WWII. On the 23rd of September 1944, the town is liberated by the tanks of the French 2nd Armored division.

Today, Strasbourg is undoubtedly one of the most important European cities. After the 2nd World War, Strasbourg is chosen as the siege of the Counsel of Europe, that of the European Court of Human Rights and more important Headquarter of the European Parliament in 1979.

The Cathedral

The old city centers around its Gothic cathedral, Our Lady of Strasbourg, built of red sandstone and described by Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”! Follow your expert guide for the Cathedral* visit including the marvelous façade that provides one of the finest picture books of the Middle Ages that you will ever see.

The hundreds of sculptures which almost seem to leap out at you from the wall make great use of light and shadow effects. Another major attraction that your guide will comment on are the stained-glass windows dating from the 12th and 14th centuries and that form a particularly enchanting sight along with the rose window.

Finally, the highlight of the visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame is the amazing Renaissance astronomical clock. Built in 1843 it features an orrery, a rotating display of the sun and moon, a planetary calendar, and even a mechanical rooster. Each day at around 12:30, the bird crows and a conga line of apostles issues forth from the clockworks, led by a little Christ.

The Old Town & La Petite France district

Historically, this was the poor section of the city occupied by mills and tanneries, both of which depended on the river and its downward flowing branches to support their work.

Today, the neighborhood is one of the most charming of Strasbourg with its colorful 16th and 17th century half-timbered houses such as the ‘Maison des Tanneurs’ and a series of fortified bridges and their three towers. This succession of three bridges linking arms with the Ill River is dominated by three 14th century towers, remains of the ancient medieval ramparts, which totalized 90 towers. The bridges themselves were once capped by a wooden roof.

Alsace Wine Tours & Day Trips from Strasbourg

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region enjoys practically the lowest rainfall in France and is blessed with a sunny, hot and dry climate. Situated on the sub-Vosgian foothills, the vineyards of Alsace take advantage of their exposure to the sun: the slow, extended ripening of the grapes produce wines with very elegant, complex aromas.

Alsace wines are primarily white. It is the only AOC region in France to produce mostly varietal wines. Of the nine varieties permitted, six are responsible for the vast majority of vines planted in Alsace. These include the famous Riesling, the Pinot Noir, and the red grape of Burgundy.

Less famous but no less capable are Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Blanc. Both dry and sweet white wines are produced. All our Alsace wine tours will take you to the most significant wine producing appellations of the Alsace wine.

If you are eager to get out of the city, our Expert tour guides will take you to the most famous landmarks of the area. All our Alsace Day Trips from Strasbourg take place in comfortable, recent and fully equipped A/C vehicles. One of the most popular destinations is southern Alsace and visiting Colmar is a must for all travelers. The small villages of Alsace are also a must do with their timbered houses, cobblestone streets and flower decked homes.

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FAQ

  • Where is Strasbourg located in France?

    Strasbourg is located in the Alsace region of France that borders Germany, in the Bas-rhin department, in the East of France. It is the largest city of the Grand Est region and also the seat of the European Parliament.
  • How do you get from Paris to Strasbourg?

    The ideal way to get from Paris to Strasbourg is to take the TGV fast train leaving from Gare de l'Est and arriving in Strasbourg city center. Traveling at great speed, it will only take you 2 hrs to reach the capital of Alsace from Paris. There are around 20 per day that leave Paris for Strasbourg. If you are traveling by car, then the A4 highway is your solution. It will take you about 4 hours and a half from Paris to reach Strasbourg.
  • Should I stay in Strasbourg or Colmar?

    This is a recurring question for those of you that wish to visit the Alsace region of France. In fact both destinations make for a great starting point for Sightseeing & Wine Tours and we offer day trips and wine tours out of both Colmar and Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a regional capital, home to the European Parliament. Here, you will have more choices when it comes to hotels, restaurants and things to do in town. Your choice will therefore depend on what type of activities or ambiance you are looking for when in town. Colmar is one of those charming small towns of France. The destination is perfect if you want to get away from a larger city and maybe take in some local atmosphere in less hectic overall ambiance that is present in Strasbourg.
  • Do you offer day trips from Strasbourg that do not include wine?

    Yes, absolutely! Our Pearls of Alsace will have you visit charming villages and towns such as Colmar and Riquewihr as well as the mightly Haut Koenigsbourg castle. If you do wish to taste some wines then that will be possible but on your own.
  • What is there to see & do in Strasbourg?

    Strasbourg is one of the cities in France that is certainly worth a visit. It combines historical, architectural as well as cultural highlights all in one place. One can stroll through the ancient medieval streets, visit one of the most spectacular cathedrals of France, discover unique districts such as La 'Petite France' and taste local delicacies as you walk around. The city is home to a number of highly recommended museums and cultural centers and for those of you who are short on time there is a great boat ride that can be done that will cover the historical features of the city from the River. Strasbourg is also a great location for the foodies and on our gourmet tour we will have you taste delicious local food & wines.
  • What are the best & most popular wine tours from Strasbourg?

    • Alsace wine tour shared half day trip from Strasbourg • Alsace wine tour shared full day trip from Strasbourg • Alsace wine tour private half day trip from Strasbourg for 2 • Alsace wine tour private full day trip from Strasbourg for 2 • Alsace Grands Crus Wine Tour private day trip from Strasbourg • Alsace villages & wines private half day trip from Strasbourg

Reviews from our Strasbourg trips

  • Antonio_S

    05, Sep 2021

    The tour guide was excellent: Knowledgeable, extremely pleasant, very articulate and provided a very welcome historical and social context to the towns...
  • Gladys

    05, Oct 2020

    Une découverte extraordinaire de la route des vins avec Florence notre guide charmante intéressante
    What did you enjoy the most? balades dans les...
  • Chun To

    08, Sep 2019

    Highly Recommended
    great tour! knowledgeable guide will bring you to three different wineries
  • SHIH CHIEH

    02, Dec 2019

    除了重頭戲的白酒品嚐,也會遊覽美麗的阿爾薩斯區域小鎮,值得推薦的一日遊,愛美酒的你別錯過!
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