Attractions and Activities in Strasbourg

A wide range of historical sights, tourist attractions and activities can be found in and around Strasbourg. The best way to discover and fully enjoy Strasbourg and the Alsace region is by bicycle. Rent a bike and cycle the convenient tracks to numerous villages and sights.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in StrasbourgBuilt between 1190 and 1439 this Gothic sandstone Cathedral is the highest medieval building in Europe. With its 142 meter (467 ft.) in height surrounded by photo genetic half-timbered townhouses the Cathedral is overlooking the entire city. Enjoy the spectacular view by walking up the 332 steps all the way to the spire's viewing platform. The main attraction of the Cathedral is the magnificent Astronomical Clock, an invention put together by various artists, mathematicians and technicians.

Petite France
This picturesque part of Strasbourg called "Small France" is located on the Grand Ile, where the river Ill splits into a number of canals. The medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings date from the 17th and 18th century. The name "Petite-France" (Gerberviertel in German) was conferred by the former German inhabitants not for architectonical reasons, but because of the numerous prostitutes working there. Today Petite France offers travelers an authentic settlement of ancient times with lots of historic buildings, small streets and nice restaurants and shops.

European Institutions
European Parliament in the north-eastern StrasbourgIn the north-eastern Strasbourg, visitors will find the Palace of Europe (Seat of the Council of Europe) together with other buildings of the European Institutions, including the European Parliament and the Court of Human Rights. This new part of the city can easily be reached with the tramway line E. The European Court of Human Rights was established in 1950 to monitor compliance by all signatory parties. The European Convention on Human Rights is one of the most important conventions adopted by the Council of Europe.

Shopping
The city of Strasbourg also offers great shopping opportunities including many famous French department stores, chic boutiques, souvenir stores and all sort of other of stores. This German-style Christmas Market is an attraction by itself and specializes in hand-made decorations and Christmas designs.

The Alsace Museum

This charming museum is housed in three 16th and 17th century buildings and consists of 30 rooms full of traditional furniture, ceramics, toys and religious imagery. The museum reflects the everyday life of rural Alsace from the 7th till the 19th century.

Colmar

The world known French artist, Frederic-August Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty, was born in this picturesque town. The museum dedicated to the famous sculptor is a local attraction not to be missed. Colmar is also called little Venice due to its attractive and gorgeous canals and bridges. Known to be one of the driest cities in France with an average rainfall of 550 mm, makes Colmar an excellent place for growing grapes for the Alsatian Wine specialities.