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The 7 best sightseeing spots in Strasbourg

Known as the seat of European Parliament, Strasbourg has plenty of tourism, from opera to open spaces, art to architecture. Want to know what to see here? Follow our guide for the best views, tours and destinations.

  • Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

    1. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

    It's hard not to be impressed by one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The Astronomical Clock is worth a few minutes of your time, and try to stay for the light show.

  • Barrage Vauban

    2. Barrage Vauban

    When engineering and architecture meet, the results can define a landscape - this is one of those attractions. The dam offers some of the best views in and of the city.

  • European Parliament

    3. European Parliament

    Visitors can sit in on monthly four-day plenary sessions to see democracy in action. This is free but must be booked at least two months in advance. Offered in most languages.

  • Petite France

    4. Petite France

    Relatively quiet, even in summer, Petite France is a small cluster of medieval houses and baroque buildings on the Grande Isle of Strasbourg. Try a self-guided walking tour.

  • Christmas Markets

    5. Christmas Markets

    Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas, and was home to the first Christmas Market in 1570. It's most festive in the evening when lit up by thousands of fairy lights.

  • 6. Alsace Wine Route

    This famed wine-lover's pilgrimage is a holiday in itself, tracking through vineyards from Vignoble to Strasbourg. Beautiful views of the region can be enjoyed from Couronne D'Or.

  • Palais de Rohan

    7. Palais de Rohan

    Just meters from the cathedral, the palace contains the museums of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Archeology. The three-in-one ticket offers value.

Frequently asked questions about Strasbourg

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Planning Your Visit

  • Moon river

    There is excellent sightseeing to be had without wearing out your shoes, if you opt for a river tour. The city looks particularly magical at night, as buildings are lit up along the river.

  • Bored of culture? Try sport

    RC Strasbourg Alsace are a popular draw to the city. The team plays football at Stadt de la Meinau and although in recent years they have not been in top form, they are one of only six teams to win all three top french football trophies. They also have a popular basketball team - Strasbourg IG.

  • Day tripping

    Fancy an extra dose of sightseeing? A day trip will take you further afield - Strasbourg is on the German border, just two hours' drive or train from Heidelberg or two and a half from Stuttgart.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+1:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    Spring, late summer and early fall are the best times to visit the city, because the temperatures are mild and tolerable, great for spending time outdoors sightseeing and traveling around.

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What people are saying about Strasbourg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,309 reviews

Strasbourg 3-day pass, is very easy to skate. The 3 days in Strasbourg were very nice, boat trip, visits to museums, Cathedrale Notre Damme de Strasbourg, astronomical clock, platform of Cathedrale, little train ride through the city ... Would love to do it again at any time. Thank you Strasbourg

it was a very nice weekend. the boat trip was excellent, the visit to the cathedral and seeing the clock work was a unique experience. everything is very well organized.

I just loved the Strasbourg part of it. That only made it worthy! You can do it by train yourself instead of paying that much money.

It a very rewarding tour. It should be on all travellers list of things to do in Alsace region of France.

Very good visit with well-provided explanations. A delight!