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Alsace

Strasbourg

We operate 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 Oldest Christmas Market in Europe Picture Perfect Historical Centre Alsace Wine Route  Discover Strasbourg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site Are you searching for things to do in Strasbourg France? If so, you’re in luck.  We offer small-group walking tours of Strasbourg where you will get to see the sights and learn the history of this ancient city. 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.   We also organise both half day and full day trips from Strasbourg to the most famous landmarks of the Alsace region. Our private or shared tours ...

Strasbourg

  • Oldest Christmas Market in Europe
  • Picture Perfect Historical Centre
  • Alsace Wine Route
     

Discover Strasbourg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Are you searching for things to do in Strasbourg France? If so, you’re in luck.  We offer small-group walking tours of Strasbourg where you will get to see the sights and learn the history of this ancient city. 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.  

We also organise both half day and full day trips from Strasbourg to the most famous landmarks of the Alsace region. Our private or shared tours include exceptional Alsace wine tasting and we will take you along the famous Alsace wine route that is surrounded by vineyards.

We also conduct fun & informative Strasbourg walking tours and in winter we will guide you through the oldest Christmas market in Europe. The picture perfect Grande île historical centre, surrounded by the River Ill, is one of the most charming of France

Your Travel Guide to Strasbourg

Top 5 Things to Do in Strasbourg (and beyond)

1. Marvel at Our Lady of Strasbourg 

The old city centres around its Gothic Notre Dame cathedral, Our Lady of Strasbourg, built of red sandstone and described by Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”! Follow your expert guide and be amazed by the marvellous façade that provides one of the finest mural 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. You’ll also be blown away by the enchanting sight along the rose-coloured, stained-glass windows dating from the 12th and 14th centuries.

Finally, the highlight of the visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame is the amazing Renaissance masterpiece, the 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 issue forth from the clockworks, led by a little Christ.

2. Explore 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 neighbourhood is one of the most charming and photogenic in Strasbourg with its colourful 16th and 17th-century half-timbered houses such as the ‘Maison des Tanneurs’. 

There is also a stunning 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 and the remains of the ancient mediaeval ramparts, which totalled 90 towers.

The bridges themselves were once capped by a wooden roof. This is where you will also see the barrage Vauban. Our guided walking tours offer the perfect chance to get to know this area better - don’t miss out!

3. See the European Parliament

With its history in Europe of being a hub of different cultures, faiths and languages, Strasbourg is the ideal home to the European Parliament. You may have to call them ahead of time to get a tour, but we can help you with the logistics. It is quite the sight inside this modern and contemporary building as it contains internal streets including a winter garden with a philodendron forest.

4. Strasbourg Christmas Market

A visit to the Christmas Market is a must-do if you’re in Strasbourg at the right time of year. It is the oldest in all of Europe and the city proclaims itself as the capital of Christmas. The market takes place every year from the last week in November to the end of December and you can experience all the sights, smells and sounds that you associate with traditional Christmas celebrations. 

5. Take a Day Trip through the Alsace Wine Route & Villages

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 well-regarded 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 region. 

The small villages of Alsace are a must do with their timbered houses, cobblestone streets and flower-decked homes, and we are happy to organise day trips from Strasbourg to the area for you.

A Brief History of Strasbourg

The history of Strasbourg goes back to the Bronze age but it was really during the Roman times that Strasbourg was born. It is at the actual location of the Strasbourg Cathedral that they decided to build a Castrum, Argentoratum. Later, the Franks who were in control of Alsace in the 5th century, erected a new town by the name of Strateburgum.

During the Middle-Ages, the town got rid of the guardianship of the Bishops and this led to the Bourgeois merchants rapidly taking power. The city soon became prosperous both economically and culturally. It was then that the building of the Cathedral began.  

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 mass was abolished in Strasbourg in 1529. During the 30 Years War, the city was preserved from destruction by the rulers of the town skillfully negotiating it as a neutral town.

 In 1648, the Alsace region became French, and Strasbourg, which had not been included in the Treaty of Westphalia, became French in 1681. The town was allowed to keep its religion, university, institutions and laws. During Napoleon times the town was once again prosperous due to the Continental blockade and its central position in the European conquest of the emperor.

As the unification of Germany progressed, the conflict got closer. And in 1870, war was declared against the Prussians but the defeat of the French Army signified the loss of Alsace and a great part of the Lorraine territory. The town only became French again at the end of WWI, only to be back into German hands during WWII. On the 23rd of September 1944, the town was liberated by the tanks of the French 2nd Armored division.

Visiting Strasbourg in the Grand Est Bas Rhin region of France is certainly a unique experience as it is one of the most important European cities. After the Second World War, Strasbourg also became home to the Council of Europe, that of the European Court of Human Rights and since 1979, the Headquarters of the European Parliament. This is probably due to its convenient location between France and Germany.

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FAQ

  • Where is Strasbourg France?

    Located in northeastern France, Strasbourg is a city renowned for its picturesque beauty, rich history, and unique blend of French and German cultures. As the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg offers a captivating experience with its stunning architecture, charming canals, and vibrant cultural scene. If you're wondering where Strasbourg is and considering a visit, let's delve into the details and uncover the allure of this enchanting city. 1. Strasbourg's Geographical Location: Strasbourg is situated in northeastern France, close to the border with Germany. It lies on the eastern bank of the Rhine River, which serves as a natural boundary between the two countries. Its strategic location in the heart of Europe has contributed to its historical and cultural significance over the centuries. 2. Explore Strasbourg's Grand Île: The Grand Île, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the historic center of Strasbourg and a must-visit destination. This island is surrounded by the Ill River and offers a stunning array of architectural wonders, including the iconic Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg) with its awe-inspiring Gothic spire. Explore the charming cobblestone streets, admire the half-timbered houses, and wander through the bustling squares. 3. Discover European Institutions: Strasbourg is widely known as a center for European institutions, including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Visit the European Parliament building, where you can learn about the European Union's legislative processes and explore interactive exhibits. Take a guided tour of the Palais de l'Europe, the headquarters of the Council of Europe, and gain insights into the organization's role in promoting human rights and democracy. 4. Experience the Alsatian Culture: Strasbourg perfectly embodies the unique blend of French and German cultures that characterizes the Alsace region. Immerse yourself in the Alsatian culture by visiting the picturesque district of La Petite France, known for its charming canals and timber-framed houses. Explore local markets, sample Alsatian specialties like flammekueche (thin pizza-like pie), and savor the region's famous wines, such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. 5. Enjoy Strasbourg's Festive Atmosphere: Strasbourg is renowned for its vibrant festive atmosphere, particularly during the holiday season. The Strasbourg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and largest in Europe, transforms the city into a magical wonderland. Explore the market's stalls, filled with crafts, decorations, and delectable treats, and immerse yourself in the joyous spirit of the season.
  • 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 to do in Strasbourg France?

    Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France, is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, and architectural splendor. With its stunning Gothic cathedral, charming canals, and vibrant European atmosphere, Strasbourg offers a wealth of attractions and activities to delight visitors. If you're planning a trip to Strasbourg, let's explore the top things to do and make the most of your experience in this enchanting Alsatian city. 1. Visit Strasbourg Cathedral: Start your journey with a visit to the Strasbourg Cathedral, also known as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. This awe-inspiring masterpiece of Gothic architecture dominates the city's skyline with its intricate façade and towering spire. Step inside to admire the stunning stained glass windows, intricate sculptures, and the famous astronomical clock. Climb to the top for panoramic views of Strasbourg. 2. Explore La Petite France: Stroll through the charming district of La Petite France, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover its picturesque canals, timber-framed houses, and flower-lined streets. Explore the narrow alleys, visit local boutiques, and dine at cozy restaurants. Capture postcard-perfect photos of the iconic covered bridges and enjoy the romantic ambiance of this enchanting neighborhood. 3. Discover the European Quarter: Immerse yourself in the European spirit by exploring the European Quarter, home to key institutions such as the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Take a guided tour of the European Parliament to learn about European politics and history. Visit the European Court of Human Rights and explore interactive exhibits at the European Parliament Visitors' Center. 4. Cruise along the Canals: Embark on a relaxing cruise along Strasbourg's canals and explore the city from a different perspective. Enjoy the picturesque scenery, glide under charming bridges, and admire the architecture along the waterways. Listen to the informative commentary as you sail past key landmarks, including the Covered Bridges and the Barrage Vauban. 5. Indulge in Alsatian Cuisine: Savor the unique flavors of Alsatian cuisine during your visit to Strasbourg. Sample regional specialties like choucroute (sauerkraut), tarte flambée (thin pizza-like pie), and baeckeoffe (meat and vegetable casserole). Explore the charming streets of the city center and discover traditional restaurants, cozy cafés, and local markets where you can experience the culinary delights of the region. Strasbourg, France, with its architectural wonders, charming neighborhoods, and European ambiance, offers a delightful experience for visitors. Whether you're exploring the majestic Strasbourg Cathedral, wandering through the enchanting streets of La Petite France, or indulging in the flavors of Alsatian cuisine, the city is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of its unique blend of history, culture, and beauty
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Reviews from our Strasbourg trips

  • Jennifer (Germany)

    24, Sep 2020

    Aufgrund der aktuellen Corona-Situation hatten wir (4 Personen) eine private Tour. Unser Guide, Florence, war supernett und die Weine waren lecker :-)...
  • Linda (Switzerland)

    07, Mar 2020

    Florence made it a great trip with lots of information, nice stops and great wineries. It felt like a private tour. We enjoyed especially the vineyard...
  • Vivekanand (United Arab Emirates)

    09, Nov 2019

    Excellent guided tour & brilliant wine tasting !
  • Bjørn (Norway)

    01, Nov 2019

    Veldig flink guide( Florence).
    What did you enjoy the most? Besøk hos vinmaker Andre Durrmann
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