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.
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€.
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).