Strasbourg is the capital of the amazing Alsace region of France. Strasbourg has a long history of being part of France then Germany then France and so on. A long battle between the two countries to claim this amazing region has made it one of the most picturesque places you can visit in the world.
Fairy tale house’s, stalks on roofs, wineries everywhere and amazing produce fill the streets and shops of the city. Everywhere you look there is something to taste, see, smell and sample as you make your way through the cobblestones streets.
Strasbourg today is known for its world-renowned Christmas market that takes place for the 4 weeks preceding the 25th of December and its La Petite Tourist Area. Many people flock to the area to experience one of the most popular markets in Europe. But is there enough to see in Strasbourg with teenagers?
Watch a football game in Strasbourg
R.C Strasbourg football team play in the top tier of French football in Ligue 1. Strasbourg plays there football at The Stade de la Meinau, commonly known as “La Meinau. The stadium fits just under 30,000 passionate football fans. Stade de la Meinau is located in the south of the city of Strasbourg at roughly 2.5 kilometres from Strasbourg’s city centre 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.
Bike riding in Strasbourg
Strasbourg is one of the most bike-friendly cities in all of Europe. Biking in Strasbourg is a great way to discover the canals, parks and neighbourhoods of the city. Velhop is the bike-sharing program that is available in Strasbourg. You can rent one of the 4000 Vélhop bicycles available in Strasbourg.
You can find the bikes at several central locations around the city. Bikes can be rented for a few hours, days or weeks. You need to download the app from the play store or apple store. Load your credit card details, PayPal etc and off you go.
There are a number of guided bike tours that you can take with teenagers in Strasbourg. Your guide will take you to all the tourist hotspots, you will find out the history and experience the culture of the city. There is a range of bike tours available for you to suit your fitness level. We have highlighted several of the best Strasbourg bike tours below
The Strasbourg Château Vodou Museum
This Strasbourg attraction is a little left field, but it is something that teenagers may find interesting. A museum dedicated to all things Vodoo, The word “Vodou” conjures up images of dolls pierced with needles. In reality, it is a belief system shared by millions of people worldwide. The building which houses the Museum was originally a water tower built during the German rule.
The Château Vodou houses a large amount of West African Vodou artefacts. The collection on display showcases ancestor worship, medicine, divination, witchcraft and more. The collection all about educating and exposing visitors to the culture of Vodou. The artifacts on display originate from Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria. Voodoo originated in Africa and spread throughout the new world during the slave trade.
4 rue de Koenigshoffen, 67000 Strasbourg
Tue – Sun 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
14 Euro per person
Strasbourg Zoological Museum
This small zoo is run by a small team of volunteers and is a non-profit organisation. It is not like your regular zoo more a collection that has been maintained over the years in the park called Le Parc de l’Orangerie. There is a focus on birds in the park and you will definitely be able to see the famous Stork of the area here.
Orangerie Park is a lovely place to spend the afternoon if you are not comfortable with visiting the Zoo. You can wander the park, have a look at the play areas and see if there is an exhibition on at the Pavillon Joséphine (the Josephine Lodge in English) that interests you.
Parc de l’Orangerie 67000
Times will vary according to the season
*Be aware that there may be an entry fee to the exhibition.
Visit the Pixel Museum in Strasbourg
This little museum is a brilliant one for any past, present and future gamers in the family. With all of the old school equipment from your childhood to the new fan-dangle machines of today, it is all here for you to see!
Take the time out and show your kids your skill on some of the old games and test your skills on the new ones.
14 Rue de Lattre de Tassigny, 67300 Schiltigheim, France
Wed – Thu 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat – Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adult 9,00€ 3 to 16 years 7,00€ under 3 years old Free Family rate 25,00€ for 2 adults and 2 children 5,00€ per additional child
Buy a Strasbourg Pass
The Strasbourg Tourist office sells a 3 day Strasbourg Pass. The Strasbourg Pass like many other city passes entitles you to free entry to a hand full of attractions. There are also discounts ranging from 20% to 50% for all other attractions. Some the highlights of the Strasbourg pass is the trip on the Batorama boat which takes in the highlights of the city from the Petite France area to the European district.
You can climb to the viewing platform in the Strasbourg Cathedral and see amazing panoramic views of the city. On a clear day, you can see the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest of Germany.
There are some outstanding museums in Strasbourg, one that will be of great interest to teens is the Chocolate Museum. Buy your Strasbourg 3 day pass today!
Some entries included with the Strasbourg Pass are:
- Strasbourg Cathedral
- Astronomical clock
- Rohan Museum
- Batobus Canal Cruise
- Archiological Museum
- Chocolate Museum
Where can I purchase a Strasbourg Pass?
You can pick up your Strasbourg Pass at the Strasbourg Tourism Office located at 17 Place de la Cathédrale, 67082 Strasbourg, France
How much does a Strasbourg Pass cost?
It contains coupons for 8 sites in the city of Strasbourg. 3 are of these sites are free and the other 5 are half price.
|Teens (13/17 years)||€15|
|Children (4/12 years)||€10|
Shopping centres in Strasbourg
A little bit of retail therapy is always appreciated by teenagers. A visit to Strasbourg with teenagers will certainly provide you with enough shopping options to keep you happy. Your first stop with teenagers in Strasbourg should be at one of the 2 major shopping malls in town.
Place des Halles is centrally located in the old city centre next to the Strasbourg train station. Place des Halles is a two-level shopping centre with over 120 shops and more than a dozen restaurants and cafes. Some of the shops include Auchen, C&A, JD and Zara just to name a few. Des Halles can easily be accessed by tram line A et D-Arrêt Ancienne Synagogue – Les Halles and B, C-Station Homme de Fer.
Rivetoile is a modern shopping centre home to over 90 shops and popular restaurants. Rivetoile is a 2 story shopping centre featuring high-end shops such as H&M, Zara, Esprit etc. Rivetoile Strasbourg can be accessed by 10 minutes walk and 5 minutes by bike from the city centre.
Those looking for souvenirs can easily find shops and stalls around the Petite France and cathedral area of the city.
Eating Pizza Strasbourg style
Flammkuchen is a regional dish that is best described as a specialty pizza. We all know how much teenagers love pizza. Food is a big part of experiencing the culture of a region. Flammkuchen is a speciality of Alsace and the Baden-Württemberg regions on the German-French border. To make Flammkuchen you need bread dough rolled out very thinly traditionally in the shape of a rectangle or oval. The Flammkuchen base is covered with Fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thin-sliced onions and Bacon. You will easily find Flammkuchen at cafes and restaurants throughout Strasbourg and the surrounding regions.
Escape rooms in Strasbourg
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Strasbourg with teenagers. You will find some of the best Strasbourg Escape Rooms below.
- The Little Red Door – Escape Game
Address: 5 Rue des Bœufs, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 3 69 08 14 24
- A Maze In – 1er Live Escape Game de Strasbourg
Address: 5 Quai de Paris, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 9 83 97 39 63
- ESCAPE YOURSELF STRASBOURG
Address: 4 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 3 88 16 37 83
10 pin bowling in Strasbourg
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Strasbourg then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and your teenagers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Strasbourg at a number of different location in the city centre. Most bowling alleys these days are more like multipurpose entertainment centres featuring food, drinks, amusements and more. You can find all the great bowling alleys of Strasbourg on Yelp
Cinemas in Strasbourg
Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Strasbourg with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find state of the art screens and sound for your viewing enjoyment. Most of the cinemas are located in and around the old town city centre area. You can find some great cinemas below.
- Ciné Vox
Address: 17 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 3 88 75 50 21
- Cinéma Star
Address: 27 Rue du Jeu-des-Enfants, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 3 88 32 67 77
- Le Star Saint-Exupéry
Address: 18 Rue du Vingt-Deux Novembre, 67000 Strasbourg, France Phone: +33 3 88 32 34 82
Going to the gym in Strasbourg
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.
In Strasbourg, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Her you can find a list of Gyms in Strasbourg.
Day trips from Strasbourg
Strasbourg France is in the enviable situation of being located close to both Germany and Switzerland, close to both the fairytale towns in the Alsace and the Balck Forest. Within an hour of Strasbourg, there are many great things to see and do from Chateaus to theme parks and historic sites. Let us have a look at some amazing day trips from Strasbourg destinations.
Colmar France is a fairytale town known worldwide for its famous Christmas market. The Colmar Christmas market only runs for 6 weeks of the year and attracts visitors from all over the world. For the other 46 weeks of the year, Colmar is popular with day-trippers visiting the old town and the Little Venice area. Make sure you try the artisan foods and local wines of the area. It is easy to get from Strasbourg to Colmar by car or train.
Germany’s biggest leisure park is located just down the road from Strasbourg on the way to Freiburg in Rust Germany. Europa Park is home to 13 different roller coasters to suit all ages and excitement levels. The Silver Star is the biggest badest coaster and has a height of 73 metres (240 ft) and a drop of 67 meters (220 ft).
A roller coaster like this will challenge all teenagers. There are 14 themed areas of Europa Park featuring different aspects such as architecture, vegetation and culinary highlights typical of the different areas in Europe. Europa Park is the second most popular theme park in all of Europe with over 6 million visitors a year.
Europa-Park-Straße 2, 77977 Rust, Germany
Summer Admission 9.00am until 6.00pm Winter Admission 9.00 am until 5.00pm
Children (4 to 11 years) € 47.00 Adults € 55.00 60 and over € 47.00
Some Europa Park tips for families:
*Children celebrating their birthday (up to 12 years and on proof of their birth date) get free admission on that day
*Some believe that one day at Europa Park is not enough but many only have one. There are 2 day Europa Park passes available if you need a further day.
*There are themed places to stay for families at Europa Park as well. Some include resort type accommodation, hotels, a wild west themed park and spaces for motor homes.
Struthof Natzweiler Concentration Camp
History is an important part of any trip and provides teenagers with a great platform for learning about the places they visit. Struthof was a Nazi Concentration Camp in the Vosges Mountains near Strasbourg. Struthof is one of the most important places to visit in the AlsaceDuring its years of operation, 52,000 prisoners moved through Stuthof with over 22,000 of them losing their lives.
Most died during work duties, extracting red granite from the nearby mountains. Today at the camp several buildings remain including the camp barracks, the former gas chamber, a national cemetery, as well as the Europen Center of Deported Resistance. It is a touching and moving site to visit. Book your tour to Struthof Concentration Camp.
Route Départementale 130, 67130 Natzwiller, France
Opening times are staggered and dependant on seasons. Click the website below to check before you visit.
Adults 12,00€ Children (10-18 years) and students 3,00€ Children under 10 Free
Website for Struthof Concentration Camp: http://www.struthof.fr/home
Questions about Strasbourg France
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.
How to get to Strasbourg France
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.
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.
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
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
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Money in France
The official National Currency in France is the Euro. The symbol for the Euro is €. Euro’s come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 banknotes (the €200 and €500 are very uncommon) as well as 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c Euro coins. There is also a €1, €2 Euro coin. You will find it easy to withdraw Euros from ATM’s and there are plenty of options within stores to pay with your card.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .