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Strasbourg

Christmas Market Capital

Strasbourg is the perfect fusion between French and German culture. Influences from both countries can be found in the city’s cuisine, culture and appearance. While you have typical German half-timbered houses the city also boasts the very French Notre Dame in the historical city center. Though I would have to say that the city feels more French because you’ll hear French spoken on the streets.

You cannot leave the city without trying flammkuchen/tarte flambée. It is a classic in the Alsace region- a thin and crispy flatbread in the shape of a rectangle or oval, which is covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche and thinly sliced onions. Perfect in any season!

If you’re around during the holiday season you must come to Strasbourg to check out one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets! The Christmas market is the highlight of the city and draws millions of visitors from around the world. Strasbourg turns into a winter wonderland with the whole town decorated in Christmas garlands and illuminating lights. Roam through rows of small, wooden chalets with local shopkeepers selling Christmas trinkets and decorations. Look out for Vin Chaud or Glühwein– a delicious mulled wine.

In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.

Top sights to see

Cathédrale Notre Dame
Grande Île
Petite France
Canals
European Parliament
Place Kléber
Place de la Republique

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – costs range from 35-45€ per day per person. Strasbourg is a medium-sized city with plenty of chic lofty apartments to go around. We recommend renting out an apartment near the University to avoid the crowds and higher prices towards the city center.

Food – budget around 24€ per day per person. Do try out local favorites like Flammkuchen and Gugelhupf. There are plenty of cozy restaurants around and if you’re lucky enough to be in Strasbourg during the holiday season pair these with a warm mug of vin chaud!

Transportation – if you’re going to use public transport (highly recommended) you can purchase day passes through CTS for 6,90€. The ticket is valid for 2-3 people for unilimited rides within Strasbourg for up to 24 hours. If you plan on taking any day trips during your stay we recommend considering the 24h combined bus-tram-TER train ticket ranging from 25-40€.

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Suggested daily budget – 130 EUR (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a budget hotel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation).

Highlights

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Christmas Market One of Europe's oldest! The Strasbourg Christmas market is not to be missed so be sure to come when it takes place from November 22nd-December 30th. Grab yourself a warm mug of vin chaud (mulled wine) and shop gifts for loved ones from one of the over 300 small wooden chalets dotted across the city.
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Canal Tour Take a cruise down the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and get a stunning view of some of Strasbourg's finest spots such as the Grand Ile, Petite France, and the European Parliament! Do get the audio guide to learn about Strasbourg's rich history.
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Day trip to Colmar The city of Colmar in the winter time is straight out of a story book, with its own fairy tale-like markets dotted across town making it certainly worthy of a visit. Very similar to Strasbourg but on a smaller, more intimate scale. Don’t forget the glühwein/vin chaud!
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Petite France Here's where you'll get your best snap of Strasbourg so be camera ready! This district of Strasbourg is characterized by its canal system and colorful half-timbered buildings that is so prevalent in many images of Strasbourg.

We hope some of these tips could help ease the planing process! If you’re looking for more suggestions on what to do in Strasbourg check out our weekend guide to Strasbourg.

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An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. If there's one place in the world I love the most it's Incredible India <3

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