On our way from Paris to Munich, we stayed overnight in Strasbourg. I have family that live there, whom I rarely get to see, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Aside from that (and my aunts incredible cooking), I genuinely love this city. The tree lined footpaths, cobblestone streets, the river that winds it’s way through and around and the beautiful mix of French and German architecture really makes the place feel unique.
We arrived in time to unpack and join my aunt for dinner and a long overdue catch up. Then, after a much needed sleep in the next day, we ate a late breakfast in her small bright kitchen then layered up to walk into town. I love that you can walk/bike most places you need to get to (my aunt says they rarely if ever use their cars, unless they’re travelling out of town). We browsed some small shops and boutiques and found something to eat at lunch.
Sweets are a must on your agenda if you ever pass through or stay. My absolute favourite spot for something sweet here was a small ice creamery in the centre of town and their unique raspberry and basil blend! It’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. There are also some of the best patisseries you’ll find in France (if you’d like to know of any just ask and I’ll get the names to you!).
One must see is definitely the Strasbourg Cathedral. On the outside alone, there is so much detail to take in. This impressive building is widely considered to be among the finest examples of late Gothic architecture. Victor Hugo once described it as a ‘gigantic and delicate marvel’. Last time I visited, was during the lights & music festival ‘Illuminations’ in which an incredible lighting display danced over the front of the building, all in time to a symphonic soundtrack. Inside, houses an 18 metre astronomical clock (said to be one of the largest in the world). It’s really quite impressive to see!
A great way to see the city and learn a little more about it, is to climb on board one of their river boats and embark on a discovery tour through town. The boats run every day of the year and leave their dock at regular intervals, with two tours to choose from.