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Capital of Alsace, France, Strasbourg is mostly known for hosting european institutions. However, it is also a very nice place to visit, especially for its old town. The city itself is one of the 9 biggest cities in France, gathering about 450,000 people, counting the surroundings. Part of the connurbation is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, in Kehl, Germany.

Strasbourg is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights and it is one of the seats of the European Parliament.

Get in

By plane

Entzheim's airport is located south-west of the city, with domestic as well as international flights (but not so much as a real european capital should have...). There are several flights a day to and from Paris.

Buses takes travellers to the southern central point of the urban transports of the city, which is connected to the tramway (direct line to the town center). A " tram-train " line is planned to open in 2008 running directly from the airport to the town center.

By train

The train station is located in the western town center, connected with the tramway, with buses and many taxis waiting outside (to the left of the front of the station).

By car

You can reach Strasbourg by many highways :

  • from west (Paris, Benelux) taking A4 highway (E25). About 4 hours from Paris
  • from south (Switzerland, Lyon), taking A35 highway (E25). About 5 hours from Lyon
  • from north and east (Germany), taking A5 highway (E35)

By bus

Eurolines provide bus service to the city.

Get around

Bike rental

It is possible to rent bikes :

  • Rue du Maire Kuss, in front of the train station
  • Rue des Bouchers, on the south bank of the Ill river, near the Rue d'Austerlitz and the Porte de l'Hôpital tramway station



40 kilometers of tramway lines run through the city.


The tourism office propose many pedestrian historical visits through the town (Middle Age, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary) and bike visits through the faubourgs (Neudorf ans Neuhof).

  • Gothic cathedral, built between 1176 and 1439, with a 142 meters tower (the highest of french cathedral's towers)
  • Maison Kammerzell (XVth century) (to the left of the front of the cathedral)
  • Petite France district (XIIth - XVIth century)
  • Stockfeld, garden city built in the early XXth century in the south-east of the Neuhof (southern of the town) (bus line 24)
  • European Parliament (1999), built by Architecture Studio (bus line 6, 30, 72)
  • B-line tramway terminus at Hoenheim (northern connurbation) (2001), built by the contemporary achitect Zaha Hadid.


The Christmas market. Many places, but the most important and beautyful are place Broglie and place de la cathédrale, however with a lot of crowd... The best place to drink hot wine (vin chaud) and to eat Christmas cookies (Brédalas).







There are many hotels around the station, especially at the place de la Gare and in the rue du Maire Kuss. Most of Strasbourg hotels are fully booked during the Christmas Market period (december) and the EU parliament sessions.



Local cellphone service is mainly provided by Orange, SFR and Bouygues Télécoms.


There are many cyber-cafés on the quai des Pêcheurs, that stay open fairly late (B-line tramway, Gallia station).

Stay safe

Get out

External links

  • SNCF (French railway company)

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