Stasbourg is the largest city in the Alsace Region, but if you stay in the Grand Ille area, you still get a quaint, small town feel.
Le Petite France
If you want quaint and historic in Strasbourg, this is the place.
Stroll the streets of Grand Ile
If you like old architecture, and I do, you could wander for hours and not get bored. Don’t worry about getting lost; it’s an island.
This gothic masterpiece was started in the year 1015 and construction finished in 1439. Just looking at everything on the front facade keeps you engaged for a while.
Then you enter and the wonders continue. Stained glass windows surround you on three sides, including a giant rose window.
Don’t miss the Astronomical Clock.
Free to enter
€5 to climb the 322 steps to the tower
Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait (Market Place of the Suckling Pig)
From Place Cathedral head down picturesque rue de Maroquin, one of my favorite streets, to the Suckling Pig Market place, a quaint square surrounded by half-timbered houses with a view of the cathedral spire.
Explore the other town squares
- Place Kleber
- Place Gutenberg
- Place du Marche Gayot
- Place du Chateau
- Place Broglie
- Place St. Thomas
With its bottleneck windows, this 15th century Renaissance building in Place Cathedral is the most unique building in town.
Cour du Corbeau (Crow Court)
A great example of 17th century Renaissance architecture.
Cross the pont du Corbeau and veer diagonally to the left. Look for an unassuming passage at 1 Quai des Bateliers.
Visit the Quartier des Tonneliers (Cooper’s Quarter)
The barrel makers have a nice district for wandering. Don’t miss the giant cask.
Take a boat cruise
Yes, its touristy but it a good way to see the city.
Get tickets next to the tourist office in Place Cathedral.
I admit that we did not do this because it looked like a floating greenhouse and I didn’t want to cook.
For a memorable setting eat at a cafe in Place Benjamin Zix in Le Petite France.
If you are coming from Paris CDG Airport, and have to spend the night near there:
While you are in the Alsace region, you should also consider going to