Strasbourg is the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany and between a medieval past and a progressive future, it pulls off its act in inimitable Alsatian style.
Tear your gaze away from that mesmerising Gothic cathedral for just a minute and you’ll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys lined with crooked half-timbered houses à la Grimm; feasting in the cosiest of winstubs (Alsatian taverns) by the canalside in Petite France; and marvelling at how a city that does Christmas markets and gingerbread so well can also be home to the glittering EU Quarter and France’s second-largest student population. But that’s Strasbourg for you: all the sweeter for its contradictions and cross-cultural quirks.
Best places to stay in Strasbourg
France sans frontières: the best French border towns
Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders.
Strasbourg destination guides
Spirited shopping: 5 great cities for Christmas markets
Picture the glow of Medieval squares illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Imagine gingerbread-style stalls where artisans offer traditional crafts that threaten to banish gifts of boring neckties and fruitcakes for eternity.
Alsace by Bike
Wind your way through the picturesque villages and vineyards of the great wine making region of Alsace
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
See two countries in one day on your Black Forest and Strasbourg day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling by luxury coach, you'll visit the spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany's Black Forest and the continental city of Strasbourg in Alsace, France.