What to see in Strasbourg in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Strasbourg is a city in the North East of France known in particular for being the seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Its particular position between France and Germany has given it a cultural influence that can be seen at a glance in the architecture, with the pleasant buildings overlooking the green canals of the city. Very ecological city, with more than 200 km of cycle path that also winds through the surrounding countryside, in Strasbourg there are many activities and attractions to experience, so here: what to see in Strasbourg in 3 days.


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Strasbourg cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Cathedral, Astronomical Clock, historic center, Maison Kammerzell

We have breakfast at the Café Montmartre on the Grand Ile, where they serve full breakfasts with croissants, baguettes, yogurt, coffee and orange juice for € 8,00 or even just the most classic croissant and coffee for € 3,00.

We then begin with a visit to the neighbor Cathedral de Notre Dame de Strasbourg. It is a Gothic masterpiece that took 8 centuries to show off the majestic aspect that we now find before us, as beautiful on the outside as it is inside. Absolutely to see the stained glass windows, the Astronomical Clock and the Pilastro degli Angeli. Entrance to the Cathedral is free, while to visit the clock you pay a ticket of € 2,00, but with the Strasbourg Pass (buy online) the visit to the terrace is also free, really recommended given the grandeur of the building, and the view usually has a ticket of € 5,00. The hours are from 09:30 to 11.15 and from 14:00 to 17:45.

Once we're out we can do one walk around the Cathedral to better enjoy the historic center, with its small suggestive streets: do not miss the view, from the outside, of the Maison Kammerzell, the most beautiful house in the city, an icon of Alsatian architecture.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Historical Museum, Rohan Palace Museums

We have lunch at the restaurant La Cloche à fromage, which, as the name implies, is a paradise for cheese lovers. Here they serve an excellent raclette with various side dishes, but also meat if you prefer (around € 30,00 per person).

After eating we head towards the river Ill, 200 meters away is the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg. The exhibition is very interesting because it allows us to reconstruct the history of the city from a visual point of view, through models, and see its explosion from a small town to a metropolis of the future over the past few years. The hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, the ticket costs € 6,50 and children under 18 enter for free.

The visit does not take too long, just to continue our tour along the river and visit the Rohan Palace Museums, within which there are 3 different ones. The palace itself is beautiful, initially built to house the bishops. Today it houses extraordinary collections inside: The Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, with pieces of the caliber of Giotto and Delacroix. The ticket costs € 6,50 but entry is free with the Strasbourg Pass (buy online), opening hours are from 10:00 to 18:00.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait

For dinner we stay in the center and eat at Aux P'tits Crocs, where we can choose between Alsatian cuisine and more international dishes such as burgers or steak and excellent craft beer for about € 25,00 per person.

After dinner we can take a tour in the nearby Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait, an ancient place dedicated to trade, today it is a very lively and colorful square, where it is possible to sit in the outdoor tables, listen to the music of street artists and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Strasbourg.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Notre Dame Cathedral, Astronomical Clock, Old Town, Maison Kammerzell, Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg, Rohan Palace Museums, Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait
  • Guided bike tour of central Strasbourg with a local
  • Breakfast at Café Montmartre (Get directions), Lunch at La Cloche à fromage (Get directions), Dinner at Aux P'tits Crocs (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, European Parliament, Parc de l'Orangerie

This morning we have breakfast at What the Cake? an American patisserie in the center where we can order coffee, chocolate, brownie, cheesecake and much more for around € 8,00- € 10,00.

Then we go to visit the European Parliament, grandiose building that made Strasbourg the capital of Europe. To go to its headquarters we go to take tram B blue line at the Homme de fer stop, direction Hoeinheim Gare and get off after about 10 minutes at the Wacken stop, from there the Parliament is about 700 meters on foot. Entrance to the building is free but it is necessary to book the visit in advance online, on the official website. The opening hours to the public are from 08:30 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00. Of course, the building also deserves some photos from the outside, is really very beautiful and represents the soul of this new Eurometropolis.

Once our visit is over, we can take the tram line E from the European Parliament stop towards Robertsau Boecklin and get off after a couple of minutes on the other side of the river at the Droits del L'homme stop. The Parc de l'Orangerie is located about 600 meters from the stop and it is a beautiful green oasis among the government buildings. Inside there is also a zoo and many species of plants, moreover, after having relaxed in the green, we can also have lunch right here in this paradise.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, canal cruise, Petite France, Vauban dam

So let's have lunch inside the park at the Jardin de l'Orangerie restaurant, where we can sit on a splendid terrace overlooking the greenery. This restaurant also offers set menus for € 13,50 for lunch, however you can also order à la carte dishes, the tarte d'oignon is recommended.

After lunch we can take the tram back to the center to do a nice cruise on the Ill River canals. However, there are many different departures from the Palais Rohan landing stage, with different routes to choose from, the cost of a 1 and a half hour cruise is € 13,50. It is a truly fascinating and at the same time relaxing way to see Strasbourg.

Once back, we can take a pleasant walk to the neighborhood Petite France, a very characteristic place of the city where we will find buildings from the sixteenth century overlooking the water and small shops, we can also go as far as the Vauban Dam, from which we can enjoy a beautiful view of Strasbourg at a time of day when the light colors the city with a thousand colors.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Petite France riverside

From the Vauban dam we return towards the center, staying on the banks of Petite France and we stop for dinner at the La Corde à Linge restaurant. Here we can sit in the small external square with the tables overlooking the river, very suggestive, and order typical dishes of the region for about € 30,00 per person.

We continue our tour after dinner that led us today to live the day on the waterways of the city, we can return to the islets through Pont Saint Martin and see the evening lights on the river. Then let's stop for a drink at the Next Club Boîte de Nuit, where we can listen to good music directly on the water, the drink costs around € 10,00- € 15,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,6 km / 1 h 49 min
  • Places visited: European Parliament, Parc de l'Orangerie, canal cruise, Petite France, Vauban dam
  • Strasbourg: City Pass for boat tours, museums and more
  • Breakfast at What the Cake? (Get directions), Lunch at Jardin de l'Orangerie (Get directions), Dinner at La Corde à Linge (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Krutenau district, Sainte-Madeleine Church, Porte des Remparts

This morning we visit the Krutenau district, we can walk there along the Passerelle de l'Abrevoir, which crosses the river. Here we can have breakfast at the Blooming Café, an excellent pastry shop, where coffee and pastries will cost around € 5,00.

Then we take a nice walk around the neighborhood, a place that combines modernity with the oldest buildings. We can visit the Sainte-Madeleine de Strasbourg church, construction of medieval origin a little secluded but very beautiful and full of history, entry is free. At the back of the church we can pass under the Porte des Remparts, the remains of an ancient wall, very impressive. And then we can do some shopping, because the neighborhood is really full of nice shops and clubs!

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg, Aubette 1928 Museum, Galerie Lafayette

We have lunch at the Au quai de l'Ill restaurant, where we can order an excellent Alsatian burger and craft beer for about € 20,00, and have lunch in the square in front of the restaurant, which is really typical.

Then we take advantage of the two two hours of opening of the Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg, take the yellow bus line 10 from the Porte de l'Hopital stop, 200 meters from the restaurant, direction Gare Central, get off at the Gallia stop, the entrance to the Garden is about 600 meters. It is open until 16:00 and entry is free, we can relax in the green of the plants and take a walk.

Finally, we complete the afternoon by returning to the center with the green line F tram from the Università stop, direction Elsau, and get off after a few minutes at the Homme de Fer stop. Here we can visit a beautiful museum, Aubette 1928, a splendid building at the heart of Strasbourg's cultural life in the 30s. Today it is a museum that exhibits a very interesting collection of contemporary art. The museum is open until 18:00 and the ticket costs € 6,50 or free entry with the Strasbourg Pass (buy online). After the visit to the Museum we can do a little shopping tour at the nearby Galerie Lafayette.

3 - Evening: Dinner, place Kléber

Leaving the Galerie we can dine at the La Stub restaurant, where you can enjoy Alsatian dishes including flambée salmon pies and choucroute, based on pork and sauerkraut: the German influence is also felt in the kitchen. Here we can eat for about € 25,00 per person.

After dinner let's say goodbye to this splendid capital city of Europe with a walk in the central place Kléber, very large and popular.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,7 km / 1 h 11 min
  • Places visited: Krutenau district, Sainte-Madeleine church, Porte des Remparts, Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg, Aubette 1928 Museum, place Kléber
  • Alsace: half-day wine tour from Strasbourg
  • Breakfast at Blooming Café (Get directions), Lunch at Au quai de l'Ill (Get directions), Dinner at La Stub (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Strasbourg cost

Although the most important cities in France are not always cheap, Strasbourg offers some pretty good solutions for spending a weekend on a budget. The Strasbourg Pass offers discounts and free admissions, however it is necessary to specify that the Strasbourg museum network, large and well organized, does not include an overpriced ticket: € 6,50 for each entry. Public transport is very well managed and widespread, even if it is nice to walk around, and the restaurants serve typical dishes at affordable prices. In the center the hotels are a bit more expensive, you could solve it by renting a bicycle and staying outside the center: the cycle paths are excellent. Strasbourg will remain in the hearts of those who visit it for a long time!

  • Costs to eat: about € 46,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 26,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 36,00 per person (indicates costs for public transport, any taxis and transfers to and from the airport)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Strasbourg: from € 350,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Strasbourg: from mid-May to the end of September - find out more
  • Strasbourg-Entzheim airport is 10 km from the city center, via a direct train at a cost of € 4,30 each way, takes about 11 minutes and takes you to the central station from which you can take other means - Flights starting from € 138,00 -
  • within the Grand Ile de Strasbourg, the historic center of the city. Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot in the center, by public transport to explore the surroundings, or by renting a bicycle. You can buy the 24H transport card for € 6,80 - find out more
  • Other: The Strasbourg Pass is valid for 3 days and offers discounts to access many attractions and museums at a cost of € 21,50

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