Strasbourg is the largest city in Alsace, and the entire region is incredibly cute with old timber-frame buildings and splashes of colour. It’s a bit of a hidden gem in France but people who know about Alsace flock to Strasbourg for a visit. It’s a great day trip from Paris that’s only 1h45m away by train.
A little about Strasbourg: Strasbourg has been inhabited since prehistoric times and became a Roman settlement, like many modern-day French cities. In medieval times, it became part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was a “Free City” for centuries and became the city where Johannes Gutenberg first invented the moveable type printing press. After much bloodshed and the French revolution, Strasbourg became a part of France. It’s had some other transfers in nationality but today remains a part of France. Its most popular time for visiting is around Christmas, when it has its world-famous Christmas markets.
The city’s most famous landmark is on the main island: Notre Dame de Strasbourg (Strasbourg cathedral). It’s very beautiful both outside and inside and is still one of the best cathedrals I’ve been to. Across the way is the Rohan Palace, which houses a few museums: a museum of decorative arts, fine arts museum and an archaeological museum. All three are great museums, and the archaeological museum probably has the most to learn from. If you’re interested, stop in and have a look. You can also visit the Alsace Museum. Alsace’s history has a lot of dolls. It is an informative museum, but there were so many dolls. It’s on my list of creepiest museums.
A lot of people go to Quai de la Petite France because it’s a great spot for photos; the Barrage Vauban is another great place to snap some pics. Strasbourg has a reputation for being a town with old timber-frame houses but even though there are many, it’s not like they’re on every street. You have to walk around to find them. However, that’s always a great way to get to know a city. What’s great about Strasbourg is that it is a city; it’s sizeable. There’s a lot of places to eat and shop (and Strasbourg has some super cute souvenirs).
To be honest, Strasbourg was beautiful but I felt it didn’t have the same charm as some other cities, for example nearby Colmar. If you’re looking to touch the surface of France, then Strasbourg is a great destination and it’s easy to get to. However if you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, I recommend visiting other places such as Colmar and maybe Riquewihr, Kayersberg, Eguisheim, etc.
Have you ever been to Strasbourg? What did you think?
Posted on Friday, August 2, 2019 in Destinations
Tags: alsace, europe, france, strasbourg