Welcome to the thriving, modern, and beautiful capital of the Alsace region – Strasbourg! The city is known more from the side of the Black Forest and less from its French angle, but it is an impressive place by all accounts that provides a wide variety of things to see and do. Among them is also one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France and one of its ancient universities. Strasbourg is also the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the Continental Court of Human Rights. Whether you are in West Germany or on the east side of France, do not give up on the bustling and young city.
Strasburg is close to the border with Germany and a half-hour drive from it will reveal many more beautiful sights. Inside the city, you can enjoy lots of good shopping, entertainment, a well-developed food scene, and of course quite a bit of coveted European history and classics.
The location of your hotel in Strasbourg is the most important condition for choosing a place to stay. It is best to choose hotels that have easy access to the airport and public transportation, or those that are in the city center. Due to the fact that it is not a very large city, it is possible to take advantage of the main hotel to absorb all the experiences within walking distance only. If you choose a hotel on a high floor, you will find that the view is also unprecedented and there is no need to specifically request a room with a view to get the perfect getaway.
Strasbourg are kind and cordial people, who will be happy to recommend you popular and good places to eat, shop and have fun. Most of them are designed in a more invested way, incorporating the culture by modern means. Some even belong to international chains and therefore also enjoy prices and a uniform vacation policy.
The greatest demand is for hotels in the city center and around the Gutenberg and Culver squares. This is the center of life and affairs where accommodation is naturally more expensive. If you want to get away, enjoy hotels of no less high standard but lower price. Just remember to be close to the public transport channels, or make sure there is parking near the hotel if you are traveling by a rental car.
In the city, you can find hotels at every level, from two-star to impressive luxury hotels. The main problem is the high occupancy, especially in the summer and much beyond during the Christmas period. If you wait until the last minute, you may be left without a hotel in the city at all. Therefore in Strasbourg in particular, it is better to quickly close the hotel issue and not wait for any promotions or special opportunities.
The fine French abundance and life on the borders of the Black Forest and the lush Alsace region pour together into a plate a kind of shatanz steaming, satisfying, and selected dishes. Here the focus is mainly on the long and slow cooking, adding wine, foie gras, and drizzling with addictive Kugelhoff cakes. Alsace itself is the region in which the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world are concentrated and of course, it is forbidden to give up dinner at such a restaurant, at least once.
The Strasbourg soil produces quite fine wines. The vines are forbidden to be watered because only in this way do their roots grow better and produce better-selected wine grapes. Strasbourg exports the finest Alsatian wines to over 20 countries. The locals are people who love the kitchen and are proud of it so if you are invited to a meal at the townspeople, you should not refuse it. In Strasbourg, you can find stews and meat dishes in long cooking, pretzels, sausages, and heavy beers. One of the famous dishes here is foie gras: foie gras liver pate whose preparation technique is unique to the place. Another dish is the Palamba tart – a local pizza with a special and dominant local cheese. Other dishes are: coke-a-riesling (chicken wine), chocolate, cabbage in salt with chunks of pork, local fish, rabbit in red wine, blood sausage, asparagus, horseradish (arenas – super spicy), snails, spelled (steamed dough noodles), Hot chestnuts, eclairs, baguettes, ice cream cake, and grape pie.
The dining etiquette of the place, is similar to the motif of preparation: slow but meticulous, even in the service of the restaurant. You have to accept this with patience and remember that you are in a destination that is as proud of its culinary tradition as we Israelis are proud of ours. All the products in the dish take a long time to prepare and the locals invest their full time and attention in them.
The city offers a center that is not large and its accessibility to all sites is simple and easy. You can get anywhere and cheaply via the tram, by a 24-hour ticket that can be recharged afterward. Many come here for a star trip (daily trip) as part of the trip in the Black Forest and many also come thanks to the Jewish community and the kosher options offered here.
The historic center of the city which lies on both banks of the river out it. This is a UNESCO heritage site characterized by ancient Gothic style, medieval houses, typical wooden structures for the German Rhine region, and beautiful and impressive water canals. The impressive Dam and behind it the Palais Rohan Palace.
The walk here is simply magical and provides stylish homes on all sides, German Wilhelmine architecture, and grand boulevards. It is worth visiting the Egyptian House (where there are Egyptian-style illustrations and engravings, the Place de la République), which houses the Parliament and the National Theater, the National Library, and the University of Strasbourg.
The Great Synagogue is the place of worship of the local Jewish community. It is an impressive building from the 12th century and is interwoven with memories of World War II.
A young and modern area where you will find shops, bars, cafes and more.
Strasbourg has several spectacular and large parks. The Parc de la Orangery even has a large living area with plenty of animals, a rather legendary neoclassical castle, a waterfall, seating areas, a restaurant, and lots of ornamental areas and picnic lawns. Nearby are the Botanical Garden, the Mineral Museum, and the Zoological Museum.
The Strasbourg Museum of Modern Art is considered one of the largest of its kind in France. Inside the museum, you will find a huge variety of sculptures, paintings, graphic art, multimedia, photographs, and design collected from 1870 to the present day.
On the edge of town, you will find one of the coolest museums in the city. Over 40 confectioners and chocolatiers present their seductive and finest creations. The Alsace region itself is considered the largest chocolate manufacturer in France and inside the museum, you can also see various exhibits and uses with chocolate and participate in interactive activities.
The Strasbourg loot market is a traveling market, located every Tuesday and Saturday on another main boulevard. On other days you can go out and do a market in Gelber Square, Les Halles Mall and more. The Farmers Market offers food products, pastries, sweets, chocolates, cheeses, sausages, clothing, and ornaments.
The local cathedral is built in an impressive Gothic style and is combined with a 142-meter-high spire, an astronomical clock, and unusual special decorations. Around the cathedral, there are a number of other impressive buildings including the Rohan Palace, the Museum of Arts, the Archaeological Museum, and more.
This is a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful districts in Shirtsburg. The Petite France quarter is a picturesque, inviting place with rustic motifs nestled on the banks of the river.
Culver Square is the largest and most central in the city, named after General Culver who even won the Battle of Tabor in Israel. The square is large and lively and contains many shops, special buildings, cafes, and more. During the Christmas season, there is a unique Christmas market here that should not be missed.
Gutenberg Square named after the father of the French Revolution, Johann Gutenberg, offers restaurants and street stalls, good coffee, and a lot of relaxation, despite its great centrality.
Driving in Strasbourg itself is not particularly recommended and most car rental companies in the city do so in order to continue touring the Alsace region or to move on to continue the trip in the Black Forest in Germany. Part of the old city designated as a heritage site is prohibited from entering vehicles at all and the vehicle must be left in a nearby car park for a fee. And yet, the vehicle can serve those of you who are moving away from the center of things and living in the more remote parts of the city. In principle, there is no point in renting a car just for the purpose of leaving the hotel and getting closer to the center, and it is even better to use the successful tram that reaches every corner and is located everywhere in the city.
Therefore, our recommendation is to rent the car only with the intention of leaving the city or if you are staying for a few days in Strasbourg and going on star tours in the area.
Due to the fact that more and more Israelis are discovering the beautiful Strasbourg, you can find direct flights from Ben Gurion Airport operated by Israir every Monday. Other options include landing in Paris and continuing the flight to Strasbourg itself, although you can save money Another option is to fly from Israel with one of the many European airlines and use the connection from the capital to Strasbourg.
However, there is no doubt that the cheapest and most economical option of all is low-cost flights, which offer less glamorous flight conditions, but with significant savings that he can “buy more” throughout the trip. One of the popular ways travelers choose is a Low-Cost EasyJet flight to Basel Airport (nearby Switzerland) and from there by train to Strasbourg. The journey takes about an hour in total. When getting off the plane and after collecting the luggage, turn left and go opposite the bus stop. There you have to get on the blue bus that leaves every few minutes in the direction of Saint Louis. The trip costs 2 euros. Immediately upon getting off the bus at the train station, a ticket must be purchased at the Strasbourg ticket booth. Not everyone here speaks English and you should prepare a small bank of words in French in advance. The ticket must be dated at the ticket machine before boarding the train. And when to get off? Well, Strasbourg is the last stop.
Aeroport International Strasbourg Airport offers one relatively small passenger terminal, which accepts domestic and international flights from a variety of destinations. The field is only 15 km from the city and is very close to the Black Forest in Germany. If you are planning a further trip, you can also stay in one of the hotels near the field.
Although summer is the peak of the season in France, the best season to visit here is in the months of May-June (spring), or in September to mid-October (autumn). This area is more prone to precipitation than other cities in France and even in summer, there may be some rain here. May is a month with a relative minority of tourists but a good time for hiking, though still cool.
If you still prefer to arrive in the summer, it is advisable to do so in July, when the local children are not yet on their annual vacation. This does not guarantee a load reduction, but it will be less noticeable and will still allow you to find good and spontaneous accommodation. The winter is very cold so it is only recommended for those of you who are able to cope with the cold and European precipitation.