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Strasbourg Guide

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Strasbourg is sandwiched between the Rhine River and the Vosges mountains in the Alsace region of France. It is comprised of a unique blend of Franco-Germanic cultures, fantastic scenery, and exciting nightlife which make the Strasbourg and the surrounding Alsace region magnetic for visitors seeking a rewarding holiday experience. For best sightseeing results we highly advise all of our customers to book car hire in Strasbourg. You wont regret it, no hanging around for buses or tour groups, just hop in the car and go.

Explore Strasbourg

Dominating the city centre is the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame with its single delicate spire piercing the sky. The spire's viewing platform affords superb views of the old town, and, in the distance, the Vosges to the west and the Black Forest to the east. The interior is spectacular as well, with its nave and stained-glass windows. The cathedral's two most popular sights, the Pilier des Anges, and the very large and impressive astrological clock.

Other highlights include beautiful La Petite France, the renowned 13th century Pillier des Anges, Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame, Place de la Republique, Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, Musee Alsacien, Palais Rohan, and Palais de l’Europe. The city’s two main squares, Place Kleber and Place Gutenburg, are home to the seats of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. The city also features fine cuisine and a range of exciting nightlife.

South of Strasbourg is the picturesque town of Colmar, famed for its Gothic architecture and museums. The former Dominican convent is now the site of the incredible Musee d’Unterlinden with its unsurpassed collection of Gothic art, featuring works by Matthais Grunewald. Explore the narrow winding streets, absorbing the atmosphere of the Gothic period buildings and marvel at the famous Isenheim Alterpiece.

The best way to discover the beauty of the surrounding countryside, towns and villages is to take the scenic Route du Vin, or ‘Wine Route’, which follows the base of the magnificent Vosges mountain range. Sample the vineyards and taste the traditional, unspoiled culture of the Alsacien people. Nearby, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore the splendor of the Black Forest and the peaks and valleys of the Vosges Mountains. Alsace is particularly enchanting in the winter, with a variety of events and festivals taking place.

Transport

By air
Strasbourg Airport is located approximately 12kms southwest of Starsbourg city centre. International links include flights to and from Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Casablanca, London, Istanbul, Milan, Vienna, Madrid and Moscow. There are also excellent connections with Paris. Car rental suppliers operating from desks at the airport are Europcar, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Sixt and Hertz. To secure a booking please book cheap car hire in Starsbourg online today.

There is a shuttle bus that runs from the airport arrivals terminal to the Baggersee tram station, from where there is a direct link to all points within the city.

The tram service operates every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, and then every 30 minutes Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The cost is €4.70 one way and €8.60 roundtrip. A taxi to the city centre will cost approximately €23.

By car
Strasbourg is easily accessible by car as it is part of the the central European motorway network. The A4 Motorway links to Starsbourg to Paris, and the A8 Autobahn links the city to Munich. It is linked to Frankfurt by the A5. The newly built Strasbourg-Mulhouse road, links Starsbourg to the motorway network, providing easy access to Marseille and Lyon, and many other popular locations across Italy and Spain.

By train
Rail services are fast and reliable to and from; Frankfurt, which takes only 2hrs, 45mins, Brussels which takes only 5hrs 15mins with up to 3 trains running daily, and London is only 6hrs away. There are also links to France’s major cities, including: Paris (4hrs, 45mins), Bordeaux (8hrs, 30mins) and Marseille via Lyon (8 hrs).

Opened in 2007 is the high-speed TGV-Est, which operates from Paris Est to Starsbourg and Metz. Book tickets in advance to secure a seat.

By bus
Strasbourg’s coach station is located at place des Halles. The coach company Mugler serves the north of Strasbourg and more distant locations, including the major towns of Haguenau and Niederbronn-Les-Bains. Eurolines operates international coach services to major destinations throughout Europe.

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