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Strasbourg, the European capital

Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas

Strasbourg is the largest city of the Alsace region in France. Its old town centre known as the Grand Ile is nowadays a listed and protected UNESCO world heritage site where one can see its timber-framed houses, colourful window shutters and multi-storey steeply angled gables. Strasbourg is world known for its Christmas market, the biggest in Europe and one of the most imposing in the world. Inside the city itself, with its 12 Christmas markets spots, Strasbourg invites you to a pleasing stroll. Strasbourg is also home to the European Parliament, Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

About France

The best time to visit Strasbourg is between mid-November and mid-January. Better ask for detailed information about the Christmas market from the Tourist office. During that period, all the magic of Strasbourg can be seen through the laughter of children running around in the middle of this excitement. It is all natural that Village carry young children and adults away into a magical and enchanting universe, through tales and shows. As you might guess, in Strasbourg, Christmas is a very big cultural treasure and diversity for all tastes and souls. Concerts, shows, activities and exhibitions are to be explored throughout the small streets of the city. Don’t miss the Big Tree which is about 30m high and the tallest natural Christmas tree in Europe.

Outside Christmas period, there is also a lot to do in Strasbourg. Visit the Alsatian museum, the Secrets du chocolat, the Kronenbourg brewery, the Petite France quarter which is a heaven of peace in the heart of the city, the Covered bridges, the Astronomical clock, and much more.

Strasbourg is known for its beer, wine, baeckeofe (a mixed meat dish with potatoes), flamenküche (a thin pie made up of oignons, cheese and lardons) and its famous choucroute (cabbage, meat, sausages and potatoes).

Head to the historical centre of Strasbourg, where you will find luxury shops and little boutiques. In le carré d’or, between Rue du dôme and Rue des Orfèvres, there are fashion stores, perfumeries and jewellers.

Office de tourisme Strasbourg
17 place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg
Tel: + 33 (0)3 88 52 28 28

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Strasbourg can be found.

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Eurail select pass 2 countries: germany and austria May I use Eurail Select pass 2 countries (Germany and Austria) to take a train to Strasbourg without extra expenses ? Thank you.

Erin L. | 2017/05/30 answered | 0 Comments
Please confirm if routes are covered with eurail pass and indicate if require booking fee (cost) Please help if my schedule is fully covered by Eurail pass (2 countries, France - Switzerland) : Paris-Rennes, Paris-Strasbourg, Strabourg - Colmar Strasbourg - Lausanne, Lausanne-Thun, Thun-Interlaken (...)

Pookie W. | 2017/05/04 answered | 0 Comments
Which is the most suitable rail pass for my trip? This is my first time traveling in France at Strasbourg for a business trip. However, I have 4 days left after my work and I am interested in visiting Colmar, Paris, and Basel (Swiss). What kind of rail pass should I reserve before traveling? (...)

Jiratchaya A. | 2017/05/01 answered | 2 Comments
Rail pass-switzerland and france verification I would be travelling switzerland and france in June 2017 with my family, i need to know the trains i can use with a two country pass during my stay between zurich, strasbourgh, paris and bordeaux and can we board on the scenic trains like (...)

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Train tickets vs france rail pass Hello, I will travel to France for 8 days in the coming Christmas holidays. I will go to Strasbourg, Colmar, Paris and Rouen (Will stay at Strasbourg and Paris). Train tickets or France Rail Pass which one suit me more? What is the exact (...)

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