Strasbourg in Advent: that is a special atmosphere. 300 market stalls, kilometre-long fairy lights, a majestic Christmas tree, an ice-skating rink and countless small and large concerts turn this Alsatian city into a magical Christmas world. Of course Strasbourg is worth visiting all year round. The "Petite France" district and the Cathedral are highlights.
Romantic, idyllic, tasty: the city in Alsace radiates a lot of charm and warmth in every corner - all the more at Christmas time. Practical is: the colourful half-timbered houses, the idyllic squares and markets can be easily explored on foot and in no time at all one is enchanted by the special atmosphere. Everywhere it smells of mulled wine and pastries. All windows are festively decorated and Christmas sounds can be heard everywhere. At 10 different locations - spread all over the city centre - you will find small wooden houses where handicrafts, Christmas decorations and delicious treats are offered. Stroll through the small alleys and the Christmas market around the cathedral and treat yourself to a short moment of peace: Inside the Gothic building there are beautiful stained glass windows and high arcades as well as the impressive organ and an astronomical clock to visit. Christmas from above? Over 332 steps and a small entrance fee you reach the viewing platform of the cathedral with a panorama that reaches up to the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest.
For those who need a Christmas break, a walk along the Ill is recommended. To the right and left of the river bank, half-timbered houses are lined up and park benches invite you to linger. Small bridges lead to the most picturesque quarter of the city - without noticing it big: "Petite France" is undoubtedly the most romantic place in Strasbourg. The old tanner quarter in the heart of the city captivates with colourful half-timbered houses, cosy cafés, idyllic squares, potteries and cool shops. In the lively quarter you will meet artists, jugglers and painters. Strasbourg is like a picture book! Alternatively, you can explore Strasbourg on a one-hour boat trip. From the water you get a completely different perspective of the city.
For those interested in culture, I recommend a visit to the Alsatian museum. 5000 exhibits testify to rural life in Alsace in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among them are pieces of furniture, traditional costumes, ceramics, tools from agriculture and viticulture, toys, religious art and much more.
And when hunger comes along: Flammkuchen can be found at almost every corner and in every traditional restaurant - classic with onion and bacon, vegetarian with mushrooms and peppers, original with sheep cheese and salmon or even sweet with cinnamon and apple slices. If you want to enjoy your Flammkuchen with Alsatian white wine or a delicious beer at fair prices, I recommend the "Au Brasseur" with its own brewery.
And when it slowly gets dark, it's high time for a cup of mulled wine on the Place Kléber with a view of the large illuminated Christmas tree. If you're looking for more exercise, how about a few rounds on the ice? Rent a pair of skates and glide over the ice in front of the magical backdrop at the foot of the big Christmas tree.
Speaking of ice: The best ice cream in town, topped with a Macaron, is available in the Amorino directly opposite Strasbourg Cathedral.
And when you're about to go home or to your hotel - on the Place du Marché aux Poissons or the Place Broglie you'll certainly find one or two souvenirs for your loved ones at home in one of the countless little market houses. Or you can take a quick dip in a patisserie and get some delicious Eclairs- or Baisertörtchen. Of course, you can also get macarons in every imaginable taste at every corner.
If you stay overnight, Strasbourg is famous for its diverse nightlife. Whether disco, bar or concert, the city has something to suit every taste.
How you get there:
by train, Flixbus or car
How long should I go:
Best travel time:
all year round, especially beautiful at Christmas time
Place Kléber, tanner quarter "Petite France", Münster