Strasbourg is one of the hidden gems in Europe. Strolling around the streets is amazing not only because the Alsace houses are so pretty, but also because there are so many things to do in this city. And yet again, it is a gorgeous European gem – totally unexpected, tranquil, beautiful!
We consider Strasbourg a must-visit when you are planning a One Week In France Vacation.
With an easy-going flair around the streets and plenty of bars and restaurants, we just wanted to summarize 28 things to do in Strasbourg. Make sure you check them out before traveling to Strasbourg, we are sure you would like to stay longer once you know all the possibilities this city has to offer.
You can find all info on spending your time One Week In Strasbourg with us here.
1. Panoramic view to “La petit France”
La petite France is a pretty, historic quarter of the city of Strasbourg, which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is very nice to walk around this quarter, as you have traditional Alsace houses, and river water all around. To have a good panorama view of this quarter, head to the open terrace of barrage Vauban.
This bridge, which had principally a defensive function during the 17th Century, is now the best place to have a nice view of la Petite France.
2. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Interested in art? The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is one of the largest of Contemporary and Modern Art in France. It houses extensive collections of paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, multimedia and design from the period between 1870 and today.
If you are not interested in art, then just have a stroll around this area, it is an impressive colorful glass building, and there are lots of cool kids around playing with the skate board.
3. La petite France
La petite France is a beautiful, historic quarter in the center of the city of Strasbourg. This neighborhood declared a UNESCO Heritage site since 1988, splits up into a number of channels that could remember you to the Venice Canals, but with a very different surrounding.
With half-timbered pretty buildings dated from 16th and 17th century, and surrounded by water, the footbridges connect the narrow streets and give it a very instagramable background for your photos.
4. Spa after a looooooong day
What is better than a relaxing spa after a day visiting the city? In Hamman et traditions you can find your oasis far from stress and enjoy all the traditional hammam services. They have different schedules: only women or mixed, as being naked is mandatory.
5. Cruise the canals
Wanna enjoy a different perspective of the city? Just join one of the cruises around the city. Batorama offers a one hour tour with an audio guide in 12 different languages so you can have all the information about the sites you are seeing. Enjoy the ride!
6. Accept the challenge
A perfect challenge for you and your friends is an Escape room! Use the elements in the room and complete your mission in the time set. If you don’t wanna join the game, Amaze in Strasbourg has also a nice bar and game zone, where you will be able to spend your time with old video games, pin pong, or just enjoying a drink in a science tube.
7. Have dinner at a river’s terrace
Enjoy the rivers view while having dinner is easy in Strasbourg, as there are plenty of options. Walk around the terraces and choose the one you like most.
8. Do not bring love locks
In Strasbourg, also the love locks padlocks fever arrived. You will find love locks in the Jewish Bridge, called “Passerelle des Juifs”, near the “Place de la Republique“. This act of locking the love has been famous after the book 3 meters above the sky. Even though it might look cool, please think twice before doing it. In Rome, the bridge rail already collapsed twice due to the padlocks weight.
Here is an article on those love locks.
9. Lights on, please! Time for some water reflection-shots
During the night time the city changes, because it is all illuminated with different light colors. It is time to see the differences and take some nice night shots with your camera. You will be amazed how stunning Strasbourg is when the lights are on.
10. Wander below the trees
Along the river side in Strasbourg, you can find these cute trees where you can “hide”. Spending your time under the tree is fabulous during spring and summer time, as you will get some shadow and fresh air while enjoying your time with your friends or partner. It is also a romantic thing to do in case you have a date.
We have a whole post about romantic things to do in Barcelona which could inspire you.
11. Cheese tastings
Cheese lovers, you may have found paradise! There are many places around Strasbourg where you can delight different cheese varieties. We went to “La Clòche a Fromage” and could not decide which we wanted to buy so, we bought a variety of them and did a cheese tasting!
12. Wine tastings
Also typical of the Alsace area is the wine. Have you ever tried it? It has a special taste and perfume, so if you are in Strasbourg, just join one of the wine tasting tours around. You will not only get good wine but also great information about the secrets of the Alsace wine.
13. Picnic on the river side
Now that you know that cheese and wine are easy to find in Strasbourg, as well as lovely sceneries around the city, why not delight a self-made picnic?
Just go buy some cheese and wine, and find a spot on the river side in la Petite France quarter. Cheers!
14. Meet the Lady of Strasbourg
One of the most emblematic monuments of the city is the Strasbourg Cathedral aka the Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg. Important writers as Victor Hugo, Goethe, were amazed by it. Just go by and you will discover why.
15. Maybe the most boring clock in Europe
The Strasbourg Astronomical clock is located inside the Strasbourg Cathedral. This clock is a calendar and displays the real position of the Sun and the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses…
In the stroke of every full hour, the clock performances a show. We personally think is one of the most boring things to wait for, so invest your time doing some other things meanwhile, and if you happen to be there by o’clock, watch it and let us know your thoughts.
16. Shopping at Rivetoille (huge shopping mall)
Shop till you drop at Rivetoille, a huge shopping mall in the city center with more than 85 shops. It is also a great place to go if it is raining, as you will be covered.
17. Order a devil’s drink with chlorophyll
L’epicerie is a nice restaurant in the city center of Strasbourg where you can enjoy tasty tartines (open-faced sandwiches popular in France). They do also have lemonade soda, and you can add tastes to that lemonade. We ordered the lemonade with chlorophyll named Devil’s drink on their menu and were amazed when they brought it. It tastes much better than it looks like!
19. 3D cinema (and yet old school)
In the city center you can find VOX Cinema, an old vintage building which offers 3D cinema, opera, ballet, and even a café with happy hour!
19. Galleries Lafayette
Galleries Lafayette is not only in Paris, but all around France. There is one shopping mall in Strasbourg also, which is open every day (except Sunday).
20. Language exchange in a cozy Café
In case you want to improve your French or meet local people, we found a nice and cozy Café with a weekly program of language exchange. Les savons d’Helene is a cozy place which also offers drinks and tasty snaks.
21. Eat a delicious cake at “what the cake”
What the cake is one of the trendiest places to brunch in Strasbourg. Known as one of the best places to have a cake, it will not be easy to choose between the many varieties they do offer.
22. Visit the train station
Modern from the outside, classical from the inside, and beautiful. Not only french and german gastronomy get along with each other in Strasbourg, but also classical and modern art. Not sure about it? Visit the train station and see it yourself.
La Graffateria is an amazing café which offers different events as Iranian brunches, art expositions… It is located inside the hotel Graffalgar, but it is open to the public. Check their events and go by, it is not only cozy but also interesting.
24. Wander along the river side
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Already convinced why you should wander along the river?
25. Try some sweets at Pastissier Naegel
Along the old city, you will find many patisseries, which are shops that offer cakes, sweet things… We tried some of the Pastissier Naegel and we can just say: You will LOVE them!
26. Eat a “Flammkuchen”
French and german influences combine in Strasbourg, that is why you can also find the Alsatian-Mosellan and South German dish “Flammkuchen“. It is a tasty is abakedacked in the flames which may look like pizza. Give it a try!
27. Visit the European Parliament
Did you know that you can visit the European Parliament? The European Parliament is based in Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. In Strasbourg, is where most of the plenary sessions ar held.
28. Street art hunting
Classic city combining new tendencies, along the streets of Strasbourg you can also find beautiful street art. Had a close look, and you will find plenty of them around the old city. Do you have your camera ready?
Wrap it up:
Strasbourg is a true hidden gem in Europe, and this is why we especially love this city. It is chill, beautiful, and easy to wander and get lost. We hope this big list of things to do in Strasbourg helps you to discover different corners of the city.