The Siberian American: Quick Trip: 24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

Monday, March 28, 2016

Quick Trip: 24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

I was so surprised by how much I loved Strasbourg and left it wishing we had spent more than 24 hours there. Located close to the French and German border (and fought over by the two countries many times), it is the cutest combination of two cultures. I haven’t added to my Quick Trip series since last summer, so today I wanted to share why Strasbourg makes my list of places to visit in France besides Paris.

How to get there: 
Strasbourg has an international airport with a number of flights a day to and from Paris. However, it might be cheaper to fly into a major European airport and then take a train to Strasbourg. Strasbourg is 2.5 hours from Paris, two hours from Frankfurt, Germany, and two hours from Zurich by train.


What to do: 
One of my favorite things to do in Strasbourg was to walk around the city center and see all the adorable shops and buildings. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg is impossible to miss, as it towers over the city center. It was the tallest building in the world from 1647 to 1874 at 466 feet and showcases stunning Gothic architecture. Go inside to see the astronomical clock and climb up 320 steps to the cathedral platform for a nice view of the city and the Black Forest.


My must-see area in Strasbourg was La Petite France. With its cobblestone streets and beautiful medieval buildings, it was such an adorable area to shop, eat, and stroll along the riverside. Plus, it makes for many gorgeous photo opportunities!


If you have more time: 
If we had more time, I would have liked to wander around the Parc de l’Orangerie and visit the Musée Alsacien. Someday, I would love to make it to Strasbourg around Christmas to see all the Christmas markets! I would also love to explore more of the Alsace region, especially Colmar and Riquewihr.

Where to eat: 
Because of the blend of two cultures, Strasbourg has both delicious French food and German food. We had an amazing meal at Winstub S'kaechele, which offers several Alsace specialties at great prices. I really enjoyed the smoked ham shoulder.


Where to stay: 
I really liked the Hotel Cathedrale. The price was great, it’s right across from the cathedral, and the rooms were nice.


Have you been to Strasbourg? What are some of your favorite places in the city?

Other cities in the Quick Trip series:
24 Hours in Boston
24 Hours in Bath, England
24 Hours in Stresa, Italy
24 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

19 comments:

  1. I love cities that you can explore in a day, sure you would like more time, but getting to check a city out (like on cruises) and then keep on going is the best!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    ReplyDelete
  2. This definitely looks like a unique combination of German and French cultures :) so neat.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Those are the coolest buildings, how pretty!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Strasbourg looks like such a cute town! I love that it has a mashing of two cultures in one place! I definitely wouldn't want to miss out on all the different food possibilities!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love this series! You've gotten to travel a lot. I really love Europe. Looks like you enjoyed it to!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love the architecture! So pretty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it? It's such a beautiful blend of France and Germany. :)

      Delete
  7. Beautiful city! I'll have to add that one to my list. I love that you can see the blend of cultures so obviously in the photos!

    ReplyDelete
  8. oh this just looks so amazing. it's photos and places like these that make me really mad that i can't just travel all around the world as my life hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a cute place! I like that it has a blend of cultural influences from the bordering countries.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow! I love the buildings there! SO beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your pictures are so beautiful! I did a day trip to Strasbourg when I lived in Karlsruhe, Germany and I agree that one of the best things to do is to walk around the city center and especially La Petite France. I also wrote a short snippet on my blog about the trip, although looking back on that post, your pictures are definitely nicer than mine ;)
    http://solongusa.blogspot.com/2013/10/saturday-in-strasbourg-and-feiertag-in.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Checking out your blog post right now! Isn't the town just the cutest? :)

      Delete
  12. All of these pictures look straight out of a fairytale storybook! So gorgeous! Ugh, you make me want to travel more! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    ReplyDelete
  13. Such a beautiful city! It looks straight out of a Disney movie! LOVE <3
    Green Fashionista

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a magical looking place to visit!

    www.blackandwhiteinsider.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. I spent a few days in Strasbourg back in 2002 when I went to France for a study abroad summer trip. We were in France for 3 weeks, and spent almost the first whole week in Strasbourg. I loved it even more than Paris! I love all the places you mentioned. And you DEFINITELY need to get to Colmar! It's such a charming little village!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hello! There is a free date recovery software for you . You can find your lost memory,
    just in case !

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for reading my blog! I love hearing from you and respond to every comment. :) If you're a no-reply blogger, I will respond below your comment.