Things to know before visiting Strasbourg

Strasbourg cityscape Nouhailler/Flickr

Strasbourg cityscape ©Nouhailler/Flickr

If you are looking for a great urban travel destination in France outside of Paris, I recommend you to choose the wonderful city of Strasbourg. Don’t know much about this city? In this case I recommend you to read the following guide. Below I will present you several aspects relating to the city, also some things to know before visiting Strasbourg.

There are numerous things to see and to do in this beautiful French destination, as Strasbourg is home to several historic sights like the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautiful Grand Île. Other famous attractions in the city are: the Notre Dame de Strasbourg, the Market Square and so on. Read on to find out even more about the beautiful city of Strasbourg!

Strasbourg has its own “Petite France”

The “Petite France” is actually an area of Strasbourg. It is located on the Grand Île (the Main Island), Strasbourg’s majestic World Heritage Site. The area is famous for its majestic architectural jewels, including half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings. Together with the Grand Île, the “Petite France” is one of the best-known landmarks of the city, being very attractive for tourists.

La Petite France (vincent desjardins)/Flickr

La Petite France ©(vincent desjardins)/Flickr

The city is big on bridges

There are numerous bridges in Strasbourg. There are totally 20 bridges linking the Grande Île with the rest of the city. In case you are looking for the best view of the medieval covered bridges (Ponts Couverts), stand on the 17th century Barrage Vauban! The newest bridge of Strasbourg is called the “Passarelle”. It was opened in 2004.

The city owns one of the most beautiful cathedrals of France

One of the most remarkable landmarks of Strasbourg is its gorgeous cathedral. The 15th century cathedral is with no doubt one of the most beautiful of its kind in France. With its 468 feet-tall spire, the cathedral is a remarkable architectural jewel. The rose-colored sandstone makes it unique and attractive. The performance of the wonderful astronomical clock, daily at 12:30, is a real miracle of medieval technology.

Strabourg Cathedral Nouhailler/Flickr

Strabourg Cathedral ©Nouhailler/Flickr

Strasbourg is France’s “most cyclable city”

Strasbourg is considered to be France’s “most cyclable city”, owning about 248 miles of bicycle-friendly routes. The Strasbourg Pass for instance includes free half-day bike hire and it costs only €11.9 (£10.50). If you love to bike, get out in the Parc de l’Orangerie! It is a beautiful park located opposite the Council of Europe.

Strasbourg cityscape Nouhailler/Flickr

Strasbourg cityscape ©Nouhailler/Flickr

You can take sightseeing boat tours

If you would like to make a great sightseeing tour, take a boat tour! These tours take you literally around the city. The Grand Île is actually separated from the rest of the city by the River Ill. Boat tours let you admire the major part of the city, including Strasbourg’s most significant landmarks. Don’t miss to take a boat tour! It is with no doubt one of the best things to do in Strasbourg.



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