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15 Unmissable Things to Do in Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Christmas Market at night with Cathedral backdrop

If you want to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful yet underrated cities, Strasbourg may be what you want. This historical city is located east of Paris, about a two-hour train ride away, and is magical. While it is undoubtedly a year-round destination, my favorite time to visit Strasbourg is winter.

Strasbourg is famous for its alluring Christmas market – one of the oldest and largest on the continent. Millions of visitors travel here yearly to take in the annual festive tradition’s sights, smells, and flavors. Don’t miss an opportunity to indulge in hot wine and traditional Alsatian cuisine.

Aside from the Christmas market, Strasbourg has a fascinating history, a picturesque historic center, and a cathedral once the tallest building in the world.

The things to do in Strasbourg definitely lean towards the historical type of stuff, but I also suggest expanding your Strasbourg trip to include a day trip to explore the famed Alsace Wine Route.

Strasbourg is an ideal place to stroll without a plan and see what you stumble upon. There are many interesting historical landmarks, gorgeous parks, and adorable buildings to admire and take photos of.

However, we’ve got you covered if you want ideas for visiting places! Continue reading to discover all the unmissable tourist attractions and things to do in Strasbourg!


Category Recommendation
Must-See Landmark Strasbourg Cathedral
Park Parc de l’Orangerie
Activity for Adults Strasbourg Christmas Market
Activity for Kids Le Vaisseau
Food L’Ancienne Douane
Hotel Aloft Strasbourg Etoile

Things to Do in Strasbourg, France

1. Visit the famous Strasbourg Christmas Market

Strasbourg Christmas Market at night with Cathedral backdrop
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The Strasbourg Christmas Market is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Christmas markets, dating back to the 16th century. This famous Christmas market sees a whopping two million visitors yearly, making it the largest annual event in France. The Strasbourg Christmas markets are spread throughout the town, but the main ones can be found outside the Strasbourg Cathedral and in Place Kleber.

It makes the cold winters worthwhile if you’re unfamiliar with European Christmas markets. Many large cities, particularly in eastern and central Europe, host Christmas markets that consist of food booths, crafts, local food and art, games, and rides.

Strasbourg Vin Chaud stall with snow-dusted Alsatian buildings and festive atmosphereStrasbourg Vin Chaud stall with snow-dusted Alsatian buildings and festive atmosphere
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