I instantly fell in love with the diversity of the people, picturesque views and friendly residents on my first trip to Strasbourg last year. Located on the border of Germany, Strasbourg is a cute little storybook town connected by a tramway. If you’re going to Paris anytime soon, make the time for a day trip to Strasbourg via the Ouibus. Take the 11pm to 6am overnight bus from Paris, spend the day there and take the overnight bus back. Here’s what to do when you get there…
Grab a pain au chocolat with Krispy Kreme-esque glazed sugar for just 1 euro. There are lots of other breads and pastries to choose from and the bakery serves a steady flow of locals throughout the day, which is always a good sign! They open at 6:30am. It’s located just two tram stops from Etoile Bourse where the Ouibus will leave you, and in the spring and summer months could make a nice morning walk. 16 Rue du Vingt-Deux Novembre, 67000 Strasbourg, France Tramway Stop: Homme de Fer
A trip to Strasbourg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. This gothic cathedral is IMHO much more aluuring than Notre-Dame de Paris. Light a candle, take in the archcitecture, watch the automaton at noon. The cathedral occasionally offers historical films and presentations that you can read about on their website. Enjoy a sprawling nativity scene and splendid decorations during the holidays. Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France Tramway stop: Grand Rue
Pâtisserie Christian is just steps away from the cathedral, on the corner of Rue Mercière. Outside of lunch hours (11:30am to 2:30pm), you’ll be limited to tea and dessert. My favorite tea is Les Temps des Fleur—a delicious, aesthetically pleasing blend of flower petals. If you’re looking for souvenirs, Christian has hot chocolate spoons! They’re basically wooden spoons enclosed in the chocolate of your choice (dark, milk or caramel) that you stir into warm milk and voila! chocolat chaud. At 1.50 euros a pop, you can’t beat the price. 10 Rue Mercière, 67000 Strasbourg, France Tramway Stop: Grand Rue
Just minutes from Strasbourg, cross the beautiful Passerelle des Deux Rives (no passport necessary) and walk through the park, up the Weisstannenturm Kehl where you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view. Both activities are free! Tramway stop: Jean Jaures (then take bus 21 to Kehl Bahnhof)
As I write this, I’ve just left Strasbourg for the second time. Fun anecdotes to come on the blog soon!
Have you visited Strasbourg? What did you think about it?