Strasbourg Holidays 2019 / 2020
The enchanting city of Strasbourg can be found in the Grand Est region, previously known as Alsace in the northeast of France, sitting near the German border. With tons of architecture and culture to be seen and felt in the city, you’ll get to witness the various French and German influences which are present throughout. Wonderful canals and rivers give Strasbourg holidays charm and character, promoting the tranquil atmosphere that’s to be had here.
Grand Île is the life and soul of Strasbourg, well-known as the city’s historic centre, you can soak up the true essence of what the city has to offer here. One of the city’s quarters, known as Petite France is brimming with beautiful medieval bridges as well as its famous canals and lush nature. With plenty of sights to discover, a Strasbourg city break should definitely top your list!
Things to do in Strasbourg
Strasbourg weekend breaks are full of culture and adventure. With loads of great scenery to explore and fantastic pieces of architecture, you’ll never be bored. Calming canals take centre stage in the city, providing scenic routes and views all around. Strasbourg has plenty of museums on offer, as well as its traditional areas, meaning there is always something to do.
- Strasbourg Cathedral – This Gothic cathedral is simply majestic and also has an astronomical clock.
- Petite France – This historic quarter of the city consists of lovely narrow streets, canals and wonderful bridges.
- Palais Rohan – An 18th-century palace, home to museums consisting of art and archaeology.
- Place Kléber - The city’s main square filled with places to eat and shop.
- Parc de l’Orangerie – A beautiful green park complete with a terrace restaurant, play area and boating lake.
Places to eat
Strasbourg’s food scene is thriving and exciting, with plenty of tasty dishes to try, there’s something new for each day you spend there. There is plenty to choose from, such as meats like smoked bacon and sausage to a variety of cheeses. Many different restaurants have their specialities and cook food to absolute perfection. Whether you’re looking for something simple or interested in sampling typical Alsatian dishes, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Strasbourg. Check out these great places to eat:
- Au Pont Corbeau
- Au Petit Bois Vert
- La Pied de Mammouth
- Les Frangines
Strasbourg holidays are full of cultural findings. If you’re not soaking up all the city has to offer through sightseeing and lovely strolls, then there are plenty of museums to highlight all that Strasbourg has in store. From its contemporary art scene, to more historical artefacts, Strasbourg has a lot to offer its visitors.
- Musée Alsacien – This museum highlights Alsace culture and traditions through displays and exhibitions.
- Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – A fancy museum which boasts modern art, exhibitions and photography. It also houses a terrace café.
- Musée de l’oeuvre Notre-Dame – This museum goes back in time highlighting the social and political history of Strasbourg from the Middle Ages all the way through to the French Revolution.
- Musée historique de Strasbourg – Interested in the history of Strasbourg? This museum traces it back with the use of paintings and models.
When to go
The warmest times to head to Strasbourg are during the summer months. July is usually the hottest month of the year for the French city, making it a great period for exploring and enjoying the natural elements of Strasbourg. The spring can be a nice time to head off on a Strasbourg city break, thanks to the weather brightening up and the nature blossoming. On the other hand, winter can get cold and sometimes the city can experience snowy conditions.
Average monthly weather (°C):
- January: 5° / -1°
- February: 7° / -1°
- March: 11° / 2°
- April: 16° / 5°
- May: 20° / 9°
- June: 23° / 13°
- July: 26° / 14°
- August: 25° / 14°
- September: 21° / 10°
- October: 15° / 7°
- November: 9° / 3°
- December: 5° / 0°
Strasbourg has a lively and prosperous student population in the city, meaning the nightlife is energetic and constantly pumping. There are plenty of areas which are brimming with bars and clubs, however, you’ll find many around the cathedral and along rue des Juifs and rue des Frères. As you can imagine, it can get quite busy around the university campus too! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening with a couple of beers or a wilder night at one of Strasbourg’s nightclubs, the French city’s nightlife will not disappoint. Visit these top nightlife spots in Strasbourg:
- Académie de la Bière
- Les Frères Berthom
- Mood Club
- Le Rafiot
- La Laiterie
One of the most charming aspects of a Strasbourg city break is its river and canals. The city’s old town is known as Grand Île and is essentially an island, surrounded by the River Ill and many canals. So, one of the best ways to get around Strasbourg and soak up all the sights is by boat. There are many boat services which can get you out on the water and offer you a different perspective of the city as you take in the sights from afar.