3 February 2017

Self-guided tours

[Organised tours]

[Sightseeing tours]

Besides the organised tours, or in place of them, you are of course free to discover Strasbourg and its surrounding area any way you want! Here are a few suggestions that might be of interest to you.

 

 

The Cathedral

The Cathedral of Strasbourg is built on the foundations of a Romanesque basilica erected in 1015. It is a shining example of gothic art, as famous for its Astronomical Clock as for its statues (Pillar of the Angels, Church and Synagogue), organ (Silbermann), pulpit and exceptional stained-glass windows.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours: from 7:00 am to 11:20 am and from 12:40 am to 7:00 pm (except during service)

Address: place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: free

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The Cathedral's platform

A climb up to the platform (332 steps) is a thrilling experience. The spiral staircase takes you to the very heart of the building, where you can discover some amazing views. The panoramic view from the top of the platform is breathtaking, overlooking the rooftops of Strasbourg and stretching out as far as the Vosges and the Black Forest in Germany when the weather is clear. It is recommended to be in good physical shape to climb the 330 steps.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours: from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Address: place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate:

  • 5 Eur per person
  • free on sunday 2/7/17

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Little touristic Train

The city of Strasbourg is full of contrasts. You’ll be charmed by the architecture of the distinctive quarters in the old town, and at the pace of the Petit Train, you’ll rediscover the wonders of the narrow lanes, the romanticism of the Petite France, the quays and Covered Bridges, the striking Vauban dam and the renowned square in front of the Cathedral.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours: every 30 minutes between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

Departure location: at the Tourist Office, place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 7 Eur per person (tickets have to be bought from the driver)

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Batorama: Guided tours on boat

At the foot of the Cathedral, embark for this boat trip during one hour and ten minutes, and discover Strasbourg and its history. All along the river, you will discover some of its most famous places like the Petite France district, the Cathedral, the Vauban Dam and the European District. Audio guides are available on board in 12 languages.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours

Boarding departure and arrival: landing dock of the Palais Rohan

Rates: 9,90 Eur or 13 Eur depending on the cruise

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Petite France Quarter - Covered Bridges - Vauban Dam

Fishermen, millers and tanners once lived and worked in this part of the town, which is the most picturesque district of old Strasbourg. The magnificent half-timbered houses along the narrow lanes of the Petite France date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Their sloping roofs open out onto lofts where hides were once dried.

Continuing from the Petite France area we come to the Covered Bridges. These have kept their name despite the fact that they lost their roofs back on the 18th century. They are overlooked by four towers dating from the 14th century, which are the remains of the former ramparts that once guaranteed the independence of the former Strasbourg Republic. Immediately after the absorption of Strasbourg by France in 1681, a new ring of fortifications was built here by Vauban.

Just a few meters from the Covered Bridges, the Vauban Dam (or the ‘Great Lock’, as it made it possible to flood the entire southern end of the town if needed) was built around 1690 by Tarade based on plans supplied by the military engineer Vauban. An attractive panoramic terrace has been laid out at the top of the building, from where visitors can admire the layout of the town and its network of canals (free access every day from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm).

Location of the Petite France Quarter

Location of the Covered Bridges

Location of the Vauban Dam

 

The Neudstadt or German Quarter

After their victory in 1870, the Germans rebuilt the area around the University and the Orangerie to give Strasbourg and impressive new city center, erecting a number of monumental public buildings in eclectic style. These quarters, in particular the Place de la République and its buidings, remain a rare example of Prussian architecture.

Location of the German Quarter

The Orangerie park

The Orangerie Park is the most charming of Strasbourg’s public gardens, with children’s playground, a little zoo, a pool and the storks. It also contains the Pavillon Joséphine, where the Empress liked to come during her visits to Strasbourg.

Location of the Orangerie Park

The European Quarter

Located at a crossroads alongside the Rhine, a meeting place of several cultures, Strasbourg has naturally had an European destiny since the end of the Second World War. The town has actively participated in the creation of a genuine European District.

Location of the European Quarter

European journey

The city of Strasbourg had endowed an European Journey to valorise the European District. The European Journey offers a 2,5km walk to 9 of the major buildings and headquarters located in the heart of the European District. This trilingual (English, French and German) tour highlighted with seven types of informational panels, will follow a particular trail: the Lieu d’Europe, the Agora, the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the European Ombudsman, ARTE, the European Parliament, the European Youth Centre and the European Pharmacopoeia.

Map of the European journey

Location of the European Quarter

Protestant church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune

The main part of the cloister dates from the second construction, which started in 1031. On the site of the present church there was from the 7th century a chapel in the centre of a cemetery. The present church was built in the 13th century and contains a very interesting rood-screen, some fine 14th century frescoes and a Silbermann organ built in 1780. The protestant church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, protected as a historic monument, is full of archeological, artistic and historic treasures and is the guardian of multiple generations’ faith.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours:

  • the monday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • from tuesday to saturday: from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • the sunday from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 3 rue de la Nuée Bleue, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: free

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Protestant church Saint-Thomas

Romanesque and Gothic church (12th – 14th centuries), the church Saint Thomas constitutes a museum of French baroque mortuary sculpture, which includes the mausoleum of Marshal Maurice de Saxe, built from 1756 to 1777. It presents also remarkable frescoes (14th century) and a restored Silbermann organ from 1741.

Opening days: every day except on sunday morning

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 6:00 pm

Address: 11 rue Martin Luther, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: free

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Tasty trips

Tasty trips is a trip through Strasbourg in the theme of alsatian gastronomy to discover the many good things to see, to eat and to drink here. It takes the form of a booklet containing a map with a route for your walk through the city, and mention plenty of information about the main sites and food products in the area. At your rhythm, the booklet will be presented to the participating producers, craftsmen and shops along the way for a free tasting of wine, chees, beer, kougelhopf and other delicious alsatian products.

Address to buy the booklet: Tourist Office, place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg

Opening days: every day

Opening hours:

  • from monday to friday: from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • saturday and sunday: from 9:00 to 6:00 pm

Rate : 10 Eur per person

The botanic garden

The University of Strasbourg’s botanical garden was created in 1619. Its current site dates from 1884. Boasting more than 6,600 spices, the collection is spread over 3,5 hectares, in a botanical school consisting of a series of greenhouses, one of which is listed as a historic monument.

Opening days: every day

Opening hours: from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Address: allée Anton de Bary, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: free

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The planetarium

The Planetarium is a machine to travel through time and space. A scenography shows all the wonders of the Universe. The dome screen simulates the night sky full of stars and informs us interactively about the main principals which govern the matter, and allow us to understand how the cosmos works. The Planetarium also offers guided tours of the Astronomical Observatory of Strasbourg’s Great Dome, containing the famous Great Refractor telescope, built in 1880.

Opening days: every day except saturday

Opening hours:

  • monday, tuesday, thursday and friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 am and from 2:00 pm to  à  5:00 pm
  • wednesday and sunday from 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm

Address: 13 rue de l’Observatoire, 67000 Strasbourg

Rates:

  • 6 Eur per person for the show
  • 4 Eur per person for teh Great Dome

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The Museums of Strasbourg

  • Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame (Medieval and Renaissance Art)

Opening days: every day except monday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 3 place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Alsatian Museum

Opening days: every day except tuesday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 23-25 quai Saint-Nicolas, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Opening days: every day except monday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 1 place Hans Jean Arp, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 7 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Historical Museum

Opening days: every day except monday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 2 rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Tomi Ungerer Museum – International Center for Illustration

Opening days: every day except tuesday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: Villa Greiner – 2, rue de la Marseillaise, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Aubette 1928

Opening days: from wednesday to saturday

Opening hours: from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Address: 31 place Kléber, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Le Palais Rohan and its museums

Opening days: every day except tuesday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 2 place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

Websites: Museum of Fine Arts; The Rohan PalaceMuseum of Decorative Arts; Archaeological Museum

 

  • Zoological Museum

Opening days: every day except tuesday

Opening hours: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: 29 boulevard de la Victoire, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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  • Vodou Castel

Opening days: from wednesday to sunday

Opening hours: wednesday, friday, saturday and sunday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm; thurszday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Address: 4 rue du KÅ“nigshoffen, 67000 Strasbourg

Rate: 6,5 Eur per person (free on sunday 2/7/17)

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