Strasbourg, located in north-eastern France and, in particular, in the Alsace region, is one of the most touristic and popular cities in the country. Long disputed with neighboring Germany, Strasbourg is today seat of the European Parliament and other major international institutions, as well as being part of the World Heritage Sites for the architectural beauty of the historic center. The shops, the old mills and the medieval watchtowers are in fact just some of the precious testimonies left from the town's past, made even more picturesque by the romantic canals that surround the old part. Strasbourg is a destination characterized by great charm, full of interesting attractions and ideal to live in any month of the yearEtc.
- Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- When to go to Strasbourg: the cheapest period
- Strasbourg in Spring
- Strasbourg in the Summer
- Strasbourg in Autumn
- Strasbourg in Winter
- User questions and comments
Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- Best time: from May to September. Strasbourg is always enjoyable, but in these months the days are long and the temperatures pleasant. Gorgeous at Christmas.
- Period to avoid: none in particular, but from November to February the temperatures are cold and the amount of sunshine is scarce. But at Christmas it is beautiful.
The climate in Strasbourg is kind semi-continental with cold winters and quite hot summers (as climatic conditions, in fact, the French town proves to be much more similar to some of its German counterparts). Average annual temperatures range from 1 ° in January to 20 ° in summer, without major heat peaks or temperature changes between the different seasons. Precipitation, in general, is never abundant, despite being well distributed due to the passage of Atlantic perturbations that can strike in any month of the year (the afternoon thunderstorms, however, occur with greater intensity between May and September).
From a climatic point of view, there is no better time to visit the city: the beautiful season (which runs from May to September) is however characterized by possible afternoon thunderstorms or days much cooler than usual, almost more similar to those of mid-season than the summer we are used to.
When to go to Strasbourg: the cheapest period
From an economic point of view, however, it cannot be said that Strasbourg is a particularly cheap city and, especially if you plan to stay in the central area or travel on bridges / holidays, it will not be easy to respect the established budget.
The low season is from autumn to early spring (November-March), but in winter, especially during the holidays, prices skyrocket.
The best compromise is in the months of April and October, but it is necessary to cover up because the climate will not be the best.
Strasbourg in Spring
Spring is usually cool and characterized by a highly unstable climate, with possible snowfalls and frosts until the first days of April. It can happen, however, that the cold continues until mid-May (with minimum temperatures close to zero!). Despite the somewhat "dancing" climate, it is very pleasant to walk around the city, especially inside the Grand Ille, the almost entirely pedestrian historical center characterized by cobbled streets, bridges and canals.
One of the most beautiful ways to visit Strasbourg seems to be by water, aboard a tourist boat which will allow you to admire the town from a completely different perspective. If you are looking for one of the most beautiful views, however, you must head to the Petit France (one of the most fairy-tale areas of the center): balconies full of flowering geraniums, colorful half-timbered houses, medieval buildings, swans ...
This season, however, is not the best from the point of view of organized events / festivals: it will be better to look for them in the nearby towns and villages.
Strasbourg in the Summer
Summer experiences an alternation of cool and rainy days and days a little warmer and sunnier, even if the temperatures they hardly exceed the 33 ° threshold. Taking advantage of the good weather, you might think about visiting the grandiose Place de la Republique with the severe Prussian architecture, or go as far as Parc de l'Orangerie, to relax in the green surrounded by meadows, lakes and shaded paths.
Unlike what happens in spring, it is this season that Strasbourg comes alive with interesting events and festivals that attract the attention of many tourists and locals: among the most anticipated, we find the International Music Festival between July and August (with concerts located in every corner of the city), i Fires of San Giovanni and, in the surroundings, the Feast of the Minstrels (or the festival of buskers, held every year at the end of summer).
Strasbourg in Autumn
Autumn is initially mild, but it soon becomes gray and rainy: in November the first frosts can occur, but the temperatures drop immediately gradually and already in October the weather is rather cold. Taking advantage of the very last days of stable weather, you could walk around the historic center again and then head towards the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art that stands out in the heart of Strasbourg (The best time to visit the church is at sunset, when the light highlights the pink sandstone and the colors of the stained glass windows). If, on the other hand, you are more interested in the institutional buildings of the city, I recommend a visit to the European Parliament, a little further out of the center but easily accessible by public transport.
The autumn calendar is also very rich in cultural events and not only in which you could participate: at the end of September / beginning of October, for example, the Contemporary music festival e one of electronic music, while in November a great one is celebrated Jazz music festival, much appreciated.
Strasbourg in Winter
In winter, the temperatures can easily reach freezing thanks to the cold currents coming from Eastern Europe. Fortunately, however, Strasbourg can boast a rather varied museum panorama: from the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, to the Archaeological Museum located inside the Palais Rohan, the Museum of Fine Arts to the Alsatian Historical Museum.
This season, however, is one of the most loved and awaited attractions: starting from the distant 1570, i Christmas markets of the city have always been an unmissable event for lovers of this holiday, as well as being considered one of the first Christmas markets in Europe. Among the stalls, you will find artisanal products and traditional sweets, while concerts, shows for adults and children, various kinds of events are scattered throughout the town, as well as a skating ring mounted in the Place du Chateau.
How to dress: what to pack
- In winter: clothes suitable for cold climates (wool sweaters, fleece, long pants and / or jeans, coat, waterproof shoes, scarf / hat / gloves), umbrella.
- In summer: light clothes (T-shirt, shorts) but also some heavier items for the evening and cloudy days, leather jacket / raincoat, comfortable shoes and umbrella.
- In autumn and spring: clothes suitable for mid-season, as well as some heavier sweaters / sweatshirts. Comfortable and water resistant shoes, umbrella.
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