Most people spend one day in Strasbourg exploring the sites of this amazing city. Wandering the world-famous streets is the top of many people’s bucket list. The food, culture and the sheer beauty draw people in from all over the world.
The city of Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region in northeast France. Strasbourg is a little German and a lot of French because it has been part of both countries over the centuries. You will see an amazing mix of both these cultures shine through in the architecture, culture, food and drinks in Strasbourg.
Luckily all the best things to do in Strasbourg are centrally located to the city. This makes visiting Strasbourg in one day very doable for all. In this article, you will find plenty of things to do in Strasbourg in one day.
La Petite France
La Petite France, also known as Quartier des Tanneurs in the historic old town of Strasbourg. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and features an impressive collection of half-timbered buildings and houses from the 16th and 17th centuries.
In addition to the well-preserved old houses, there are four channels flowing through the historic quarter and the area is full of cafes and restaurants. It’s a lovely area to stroll around, especially in the summer months when it’s lively day and night. It is one of the best things to do in Strasbourg in one day.
La Petite France is located in the western end of the Grande Île and can be reached on foot from the central train station in 10 minutes. Quai de la Petite France and Rue des Moulins and Quai du Woerthel are the main streets of interest.
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Taste the Alsatian Cuisine
When visiting Strasbourg, look for a local restaurant to get a taste of the Alsatian cuisine. Being as Strasbourg is located not far from the French/German border, the Alsatian dishes are a perfect blend of cooking cultures from both counties. You will find that many of the meals are hearty and filling with a wide use of pork and potatoes.
The most famous dishes are the choucroute, cordon bleu and flammekueche but we invite you to browse the restaurant’s menu, ask what the restaurant’s specialty is and try things that you may not see in other parts of the Alsace
The Alsatian dishes are usually served with local beers or wines. Strasbourg is part of the Alsace Wine Route so you will find that many of the local restaurants in Strasbourg will have a local wine that they love.
Two good addresses to taste Alsatian cuisine are Chez Tante Liesel and Chez L’Oncle Freddy, both in the historic centre of Strasbourg.
Contributed by Elisa who writes at Travel France Bucketlist
Tours that leave or feature Strasbourg France
Sample some amazing Alsace wines
Alsace is known for the amazing wines that they produce and one of the best places to sample wine in Strasbourg is the Wolfberger wine store and tasting room. Originally from Eguisheim, deep in the famous Alsace wine route, Wolfberger has spread its label into the nearby towns and cities. At 117 years old the Wolfberger vineyard is a well-known brand with many varieties to suit everyone.
You will find the Wolfberger wine store and tasting room a stone’s throw from the Strasbourg Cathedral at 7 rue des Orfèvres – 67000 Strasbourg.
Wine sampling at Wolfberger tip.
Not only do Wolfburger make amazing wines they also make some local liqueurs as well. If you are able to we highly recommend these as well, especially the cherry liqueur.
Strasbourg Christmas Markets
Strasbourg features some of the best Christmas markets in France and, arguably, all of Europe. Home to several different markets located all over the city of Strasbourg, visiting Strasbourg for Christmas markets is an absolute delight.
You will find that many of the markets focus on roughy the same things being food, entertainment and crafts. Local makers bring their wares to the tiny stalls and you can find a treasure wherever you look.
The Strasbourg Christmas markets are the perfect place to shop for unique gifts and holiday decor for you to take home as amazing gifts or a piece to display at home.
Be sure to bundle up and leave plenty of time for wandering the city aimlessly when visiting Strasbourg’s incredible Christmas markets. There is so much to look and so much to sample.
The Alsace region is home to all kinds of delicious treats, from Vin Chaud (hot wine) to spaetzle. You can buy some amazing food at the markets and share a stand-up table with another group while taking in the brilliant atmosphere around you.
The markets are free to visit within the city. It is recommended that you come with some small bills as many stalls are cash only or have a minimum spend to use your credit card. It is nearly impossible to visit Strasbourg at Christmas and not walk away with at least one snack or souvenir!
Contributed by Kate from Our Escape Claus
Take a free tour of the European Parliament
Along with being a buzzing university town, and a blend of German and French cultures, Strasbourg is also, fittingly, the official seat of the European Parliament. Located on a massive riverside campus, touring the modern-styled Parliament is one of the most unique things to see in Strasbourg in stark contrast to the historic cobbled-stone streets of Petite France.
The free tour lasts 60 minutes, starting in the grandiose open-air central courtyard before taking you through the interactive Parlamentarium Simone Veil exhibition. Here you use a massive touch-screen console to learn about the working of the European Union, how it’s organized, the representatives from each country, and how voting works
A great prelude for the next and final stop, the Hemicycle Debating Chamber.
Time your visit to watch when the Parliament is in session to bear witness to leaders debating the top issues of the continent. Bookings are not required for group sizes under 20, and all you need is a Passport or EU ID card to enter the European Parliament on your Strasbourg trip.
7 Place Adrien Zeller, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Check the website for tours and visiting times here!
Entry is Free.
Contributed by Ryan McNutt from the Nutty Trekkers
Any Strasbourg 1 day itinerary must include the cathedral. The Strasbourg Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Strasbourg) is the dominating landmark in the city’s historic centre. Designed in Gothic style, the church features flying buttresses, a façade decorated with sculptures and statues, and a single spire.
Inside there are the typical things you’d expect to find in cathedral-like stained glass windows, pipe organs, and an ornate pulpit. The most outstanding feature is the richly decorated and highly complex Strasbourg astronomical clock, one of the largest of its kind in the world. At solar noon, visitors can watch the clock’s animated figures welcome in the hour.
67000 Place de la Cathédrale Strasbourg
Hours daily 7–11:20am, 12:40–7pm
Entry is free
There is no fee to visit the church but you have to buy a ticket (€ 3.00) to watch the presentation of the astronomical clock.
Contributed by Rhonda Krause from Travel Yes Please
Related: Strasbourg’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. We have a great article on The best day trips from Strasbourg to take.
The bridges were a key part of a defence mechanism, and the purpose of the roofs was to protect the soldiers stationed on the bridges during times of war. Eventually, their defensive purpose became obsolete when the Vauban Dam was built just a bit further upstream in the late 17th century. And about 100 years after that, the roofs were removed, although the name still stuck.
They still remained in use as bridges, however, even though they aren’t used for defensive purposes anymore. Four towers that were also part of the defence mechanism are still standing. There is no entry fee, and you can visit the bridges at any time of day. The ensemble of the bridges and their towers are especially beautiful when lit up at night.
Contributed by Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan
Batorama Strasbourg boat tour
The Batorama is Strasbourg’s boat trip provider offering a river cruise past some of the best things to see in Strasbourg. It is one of the most popular Strasbourg attractions especially for people on a day trip to Strasbourg. See the Petit-France district from the water, as well as the Neustadt quarter.
One of the highlights of the Strasbourg boat trip is when the boat enters the locks. The lock is flooded and the boat rises to match the level on the other side allowing the cruise to continue through the intricate canals.
All the Batorama boats in Strasbourg are covered for inclement weather but they do make taking pictures almost impossible during your ride. But if it looks like rain, you are better off getting a covered boat!
The boat trip takes about 70 minutes and comes with a multi-language audio guide that tells you the story of Strasbourg through the ages.
For families visiting Strasbourg, there is even a channel just for kids to help them stay happy and engaged on the cruise as well! If you enjoy views of the city from the water then this cruise would be one of the best ways for your Strasbourg sightseeing tour but it is better to book ahead in the summer months.
18 Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Boats run on the hours
Tickets for adults start at 13.50 Euro
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One day in Strasbourg, The Alsatian Museum
The Alsatian Museum, located on the Quai Saint-Nicolas on the banks of the Ill River is a worthwhile stop when visiting Strasbourg in one day. Founded in 1907, the museum contains over 5000 pieces, detailing the everyday life of Alsatians during the 18th and 19th century.
These items provide an intriguing look into traditional life and include costumes, furniture, ceramics, toys, traditional tools, and sacred artefacts. A handful of rooms also feature reforms of the interiors of buildings characteristic of the numerous districts of Alsace and the surrounding region.
Don’t miss the images on display supporting the region’s identity, scattered within the 30 rooms. The entire collection is contained in several Renaissance houses of Strasbourg linked by a network of connecting pathways. The site has also been extended into the adjacent buildings for a comprehensive experience that should not be missed on your trip to Strasbourg.
23-25 Quai Saint-Nicolas, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Daily 10am – 6pm
Tickets start from 6.50 euros
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Watch a football match in Strasbourg
R.C Strasbourg football team play in the top tier of French football in Ligue 1. Strasbourg plays their football at The Stade de la Meinau, commonly known as La Meinau and the stadium fits just under 30,000 passionate football fans in it. Stade de la Meinau is located in the south of Strasbourg city centre. It is a short 2.5 kilometres from Strasbourg CBD and 3.5 kilometres from the main railway station.
The stadium is best reached by tram. Both tram lines A and E run past the stadium. When RC Strasbourg plays at the Stade de la Meinau, the cheapest ticket will usually cost about €29 with the average ticket costing around €70. If soccer is something you would like to witness on your Strasbourg city tour then this is the place for you!
Contributed by Rebecca from Poland Travel Expert.
Visit the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg
The Palais Rohan in Strasbourg is the former residence of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan. The Rohans were an ancient French noble family originally from Brittany. Today the Palais Rohan is a major landmark in the city of Strasbourg.
The Rohan Palace lies in the city centre adjacent to the Strasbourg Cathedral. The city of Strasbourg’s fine arts museum the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée Archéologique and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs museum are all located in the Rohan. Visiting the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg is a brilliant way to spend an afternoon on your day trip to Strasbourg.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is on the ground floor of the palace. This museum showcases the luxurious apartments of the palace. In the typical French style, the decor and furnishing are best described as lavish. You will see pieces acquired for the Rohan from the 17th to the 19th centuries, including ceramics, furniture, jewellery, and sculpture.
The Musée Archéologique
In the basement is the Musée Archéologique. You will find a varied collection of exhibits found in the Alsace. The items on display range from prehistory to the beginning of the Middle Ages. The collection includes fossils and Roman finds.
Fine Arts museum of Strasbourg
On the first floor is the Musée des Beaux-Arts or Fine Arts Museum of Strasbourg. This museum includes works by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, El Greco, Reubens, Delacroix, Corot, and many more. The works showcase a history of European painting, from early medieval years to the late 19th century.
Anyone day in Strasbourg itinerary should include a visit to Rohan. We recommend if you can only visit one museum make it The Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
2, Place du Château
67076 Strasbourg, France
10am – 6pm daily, closed on Tuesdays
Each museum has seperate ticket prices. Buy tickets onsite
We have included more than enough options for your one day in Strasbourg. We hope you find plenty of things to see in Strasbourg during your time. Is one day in Strasbourg enough? Only you can answer that. If you decide to spend more time in the area then a day trip from Strasbourg to Colmar is also recommended. There are plenty of great Colmar attractions as well as many more on the Strasbourg tourist route.
Essential Information for Strasbourg
In France, there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. France operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Buy your C Type adaptor here
In Strasbourg, many people speak English since the international institutions based there will usually only employ people fluent in English. But the primary language is clearly French. If your worried about being able to understand buy a Langogo translator
In France, tap water is perfectly okay to drink. Buy a drink bottle with a water filter in it for travelling today
You can call 112
The words ‘service compris’ on your bill mean no tip is required, but most locals leave up to 10 per cent in coins if service is good. Tipping at bars is not expected.
Where to stay in Strasbourg
If you decide a day in Strasbourg is not enough we have some excellent Strasbourg accommodation recommendations for you.
Accommodation in Strasbourg comes in all shapes and sizes to fit all groups from singles to families. There is a burgeoning luxury hotel scene in the city as well as hotels and apartments.
Luxury accommodation in Strasbourg
Hotels for couples in Strasbourg
Hotels for families in Strasbourg France
Air BnB in Strasbourg
Strasbourg Airbnb is another popular option for staying in Alsace capital. The Airbnb Strasbourg option is affordable and often gives you great choice for a number of rooms, location and parking choices for your stay in Strasbourg. Airbnb apartments often feature kitchens and kitchenettes so you can cook. Check the Airbnb map above or our personal choice at the start of the accommodation section.
Weather in Strasbourg
Strasbourg really has the best of both worlds when it comes to weather. It has sunny warm summers days with temperatures rising into the 30’s on some days. In the winter the weather drops to around zero at times with light dusting of snow. Overall Strasbourg lies in one of the sunniest areas of Europe. Strasbourg weather in the Alsace is ideal warm in the summer, cold in the winter and mild in the shoulder seasons.
How to get to Strasbourg France by plane
Strasbourg Airport is a minor international airport located in Entzheim and 10 km west-southwest of Strasbourg. Air France and KLM fly from Paris to Strasbourg Airport multiple times a day. The flight takes 1 hour and departs Paris from both CGD and Orly airports. Besides Paris and other domestic locations, you can fly direct to Strasbourg from Munich, Istanbul, Barcelona, Tel Aviv and London just to name a few. You can book your flights to Strasbourg with Skyscanner.
How to get to Strasbourg by train
Strasbourg Gare Centrale Train Station receives a number of daily TGV high-speed trains. Strasbourg has direct high-speed train lines with Dijon, Lyon, Avignon, AixDisneyland Paris, Paris, CDG Airport and Marseille. Regional trains from the Alsace Region and connections locally with Freiburg in Germany and Basel in Switzerland are available. You can book all you train to Strasbourg with Omio Go Europe.
Can you drive to Strasbourg France?
You can drive to Strasbourg from all over Europe. The highways in France are of high quality and well maintained. The French Highways have tolls on them which can be quiet expensive. You can drive to Strasbourg from Paris in around 6 hours, from Frankfurt in around 1 hour and Freiburg in around 45 minutes. You can pick up a hire car at any airport in Europe and in Strasbourg
Parking in Strasbourg tip:
Parking in Strasbourg can be expensive in the old town area. Your best option is the park and ride system. There are 12 places located on the outskirts of the city that you can park and catch a tram into the city centre. The cost is only 4.20 euro per car for up to 7 people including transport by tram into the cityLook here for more information on the park and ride ,locations in Strasbourg
How to get to Strasbourg by bus
Flix Bus and Eurolines service many destinations around Europe by bus. Buses arrive and depart Strasbourg from Place de l’Étoile 67076 Strasbourg France. Buses from Paris to Strasbourg take around 6.5 hours. The big bus companies offer comfortable seats, air conditioning, and onboard WiFi. You can book all your buses to Strasbourg with Busbud
We hope this inspires you to visit Strasbourg. Wyld Family Travel has more articles on their France page to help you plan your trip in this great country. Below you will find 2 more articles to get you going
About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.