I’d been to Strasbourg one other time, back in 1999 with my friend Susan. I barely remembered it except for the stunning, Gothic cathedral, which just happens to be celebrating its 1000-year birthday this year. ONE THOUSAND YEARS.
Right there is why I love Europe. Standing in structures like that, just gives me chills at how long it’s been used and how many different kinds of people have come through its doors.
Now that I’ve returned to Strasbourg for yet another small taste of this charming city, I want to return again.
Strasbourg sits just across the Rhine from Germany. It’s the largest city in the Alsace region and the first entire city center in France to be placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This city oozes with medieval charm while combining some of the best traits of France and Germany.
It feels like a storybook land thanks to its world-famous cathedral (don’t miss the astronomical clock inside), cobblestone streets, and cozy half-timbered houses in the oldest part of town, La Petit-France.
For a treat, we duck into Pain D’Epices for some ginger bread goodies and gifts where Mireille Oster, the friendly and charming owner, smiles behind the counter.
In the evening, we hunker down for some wonderfully satisfying Alsatian food—spaetzle, sauerkraut (choucroute in French), and pork in its many forms. For some authentic (read: meaty and heavy) local specialties try Winstube Le Tire-Bouchon with its traditional wood paneling and checkered tablecloths.
More photos below from our quick day in Strasbourg. It’s a town for lingering. So I’ll just have to go back for a third time!
Disclosure: My trip was supported by Eurail Group, KLM, and the Upper Rhine Valley, as always all writing and opinions are my own.