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How to Spend 1 Day in Strasbourg

How to Spend 1 Day in Strasbourg

Whether visiting Strasbourg’s famous Christmas markets or exploring its UNESCO World Heritage–listed center, one day is just enough time to hit the highlights. Maximize your time by planning ahead, booking skip-the-line tickets for top attractions, or hiring a local guide to show you around. Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Strasbourg.

Morning: Explore the Grande Île

Ringed by canals, Strasbourg’s traffic-free central island—the Grande Île—is the historic heart of the city and the obvious place to start your day. The best way to explore is on foot, so join a walking tour and make a beeline for the star attraction, the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame. Prebooking skip-the-line tickets is recommended, especially in high season; barring that, the views from the top are worth waiting for. 

Stop to admire the nearby Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan) and Maison Kammerzell before heading into the picturesque Petite France district, where you can stroll along the waterfront and admire views of the much-photographed Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts) and Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban). 

Afternoon: Journey to Europe

Leave the island to explore the European Quarter, home to the European Parliament headquarters. Trams run the short distance from the city, but a much more scenic option is to join a bike or Segway tour. On the way, pass through the Neustadt district, known for its German-style architecture, and visit the beautiful Jardin de l’Orangerie park, home to a large population of storks—the symbol of the Alsace.

Afterwards, head back to the Grande Île to browse the shops along Rue des Orfèvres and Rue des Grandes Arcades. If visiting over the festive season, this is the ideal time to explore Strasbourg’s Christmas markets, the largest of which are on Place Kleber and Place Broglie. 

Night: Admire the Illuminations

Strasbourg is stunning at night, when the plazas and riversides are dramatically lit up. A pedicab tour is a fun way to admire the glittering illuminations, passing around La Petite France, Place de la République, and Place du Château. 

For dinner, grab a table at one of the traditionalwinstubs (German-style pub-restaurants), where you can sample typical Alsatian dishes such asspätzle (noodles) orbaeckeoffe (casserole) accompanied by regional wines.

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Strasbourg City Sightseeing Private Guided Tour including Cathedral Visit

Strasbourg City Sightseeing Private Guided Tour including Cathedral Visit

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Experience the quaint town of Strasbourg with the personalized attention of a private guide on this walking tour. See the best that Strasbourg has to offer, from the UNESCO-listed Grande Ile to the impressive Cathedral of Notre Dame to the Palais Rohan. Walk along cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered homes, see little canals and covered bridges and explore the charming La Petite France neighborhood. Get your guide’s undivided attention to learn all about the history and architecture of Strasbourg.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$307.34
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$307.34
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Strasbourg Like a Local Customized Private Guided Walking Tour

Strasbourg Like a Local Customized Private Guided Walking Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.83
Price varies by group size
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$37.83
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2-Hour Strasbourg Euro Tour by Segway

2-Hour Strasbourg Euro Tour by Segway

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Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed Grande Île is mostly pedestrianized and a Segway tour offers a fun and efficient way to get around, and explore further than you could on foot. On this tour, glide around the scenic canal ways of La Petite France, then leave the island to tour the European Quarter and admire the German architecture of the Neustadt.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.61
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Strasbourg International SXB Airport Business Car Private Departure Transfer

Strasbourg International SXB Airport Business Car Private Departure Transfer

Avoid the language barrier and currency exchange when using Strasbourg's public transportation to get from your hotel to the airport. Why spend your precious time waiting in long shuttle or taxi lines?  Choose a private transfer from Strasbourg Airport and travel in style from your centrally located hotel in Strasbourg to Strasbourg Airport. Your private business vehicle will bring you relaxed to your final destination!
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.30
Price varies by group size
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$59.30
Price varies by group size

Strasbourg Christmas Market Small Group Walking Tour

Strasbourg Christmas Market Small Group Walking Tour

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Enter a winter wonderland on this Strasbourg Christmas Market tour. As it’s a small-group tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience with your guide, and won’t get lost in crowds. Your guide will enrich your experience by giving commentary about the history and culture of the city, as you tour the market. See magnificent decorations, try local delicacies, buy souvenirs, and Christmas decorations too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.44
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Bike Geocachng

Bike Geocachng

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Add a fun twist to a bike tour of Strasbourg with this geocaching experience. Discover the city on a self-guided bike tour, using a downloadable app and following GPS-programmed routes around the city, seeking out hidden items and ‘caches’ along the way.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.59
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$24.59

Strasbourg Sightseeing Pedicab Guided Tour

Strasbourg Sightseeing Pedicab Guided Tour

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Wind your way through the streets of Strasbourg and take in the views from the back of a pedicab! Enjoy a fun introduction to the city with a 1-hour sightseeing tour and choose between two equally memorable itineraries. Explore the cobblestone lanes and canal ways around La Petite France and the Tanner’s Quarter, taking in highlights like the Covered Bridges, Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Le Palais des Rohan. Alternatively, pedal around the modern buildings of the European district and the scenic pathways of the Parc de l’Orangerie.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.91
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$79.91
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Strasbourg Christmas Market Private Guided Tour

Strasbourg Christmas Market Private Guided Tour

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Strasbourg is home to France’s oldest and most famous Christmas market, but with eleven different markets dotted around town, it’s hard to know where to start. With this private walking tour, your guide makes sure you visit all the best markets, sample the tastiest festive treats (own expense), and see the most spectacular illuminations.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$282.75
per group
From
$282.75
per group
Taking safety measures