Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - A typical view of Strasbourg

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat In 28 Hours – Grand Est, France

When looking for a destination to spend a night and 2 days while in Lille, my criteria is, it has to be small (cover by foot within a day) and reached within 3 hours by any mode of transport. After visiting the well-known city such as London, Brussels and Paris, I went Rotterdam, Bruges, and I begin to wonder where next. After I spotted a photo of Strasbourg, I decided this has to be my next destination. And so Strasbourg Travel is dedicated to this blog. 

Strasbourg is located East of France, close to Germany border and it has a size of 78.26 km². It is the capital of Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of European Parliament. 

They are also known as Capital of Christmas. From last week of November, a famous large Christmas market is available till end of December. Most shop will decorate their facade with Christmas decoration during this period. I must say Christmas mood is strong.

DAY ONE, 10 November, Saturday

At 0800H

Boarded the TGV from Gare Lille-Europe at 08:02H on Saturday and arrived at Gare de Strasbourg at 10:49H on the same day.

Took a 10 minutes walk to Novotel Strasbourg Centre Halles. After checking in and settling down, it was almost time for lunch.

At 1200H

As I didn’t make a reservation for lunch, I had a hard time looking for a restaurant. Tried walking in to Maison des Tanneurs dite Gerwerstub, a famous house of Choucroute awarded Michelin Plate 2018, failed. Made next 2 unsuccessful attempts at La Cambuse and La Rivière, that are down the road. I dropped the idea of having lunch at Petite France. All these 3 restaurants were awarded the Michelin Plate 2018. Do remember to make your reservation if you want to dine at any of the restaurants in Strasbourg.

Maison des Tanneurs dite Gerwerstu

42 Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 79 70

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1200 to 1400, 1900 to 2145 | Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Websitehttp://maison-des-tanneurs.com/

La Cambuse

1 Rue des Dentelles, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 22 10 22

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1200 to 1400, 1900 to 2200 | Closed on Sundays and Mondays

La Rivière

3 Rue des Dentelles, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 22 09 25

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1900 to 2200 | Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Ended up at Villa Casella which offers fabulous Italian food. Though I prefer some Alsace choices.

Villa Casella

5 rue du Paon 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 50 50

Opening Hours: Mondays – Saturdays  1200 to 1430, 1900 to 2330  |  Closed on Sundays

Websitehttp://www.villacasella.fr/

At 1400H

Fueled with my Italian lunch, time for the must see. On the way to my first stop, walked by Place Gutenberg where the Statue Of Gutenberg is located. He is the man who introduced printing to Europe with the printing press.

First stop at Gothic architecture Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. Standing at 142 metres (466 feet) tall, it was the world’s tallest building for 227 years, till 1874. 

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
 

The stained-glass windows, the huge organ, the Renaissance astronomical clock, (the mechanism of which dates from 1842) are the masterpieces in this church.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 21 43 34

Mass Timinghttp://www.cathedrale-strasbourg.fr/vie-spirituelle/agenda-cultuel

Websitehttp://www.cathedrale-strasbourg.fr/

At the southeast of the Cathedral are some museum such as Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, Museum of Decorative Arts, Archaeological Museum and Palais Rohan which I skipped.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Dreher

Since most shops are closed on Sunday, shopping on a Saturday is a must. First, I stopped by Dreher to get a Bretzel and Kugelhopf to get the local bake specialties. 

Dreher

50 Rue des Grandes Arcades, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 23 59 76
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0730 to 2000 | Sundays 0800 to 1900

5 Place du Corbeau, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 64 17 94
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0730 to 2000 | Sundays 0800 to 1900

Websitehttps://www.drehers.eu/

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Bretzel
Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Kugelhopf

Other recommended bakeries:

Fournil d’Austerlitz

4 Rue d’Austerlitz, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 24 92
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0700 to 1930 | Saturday 0700 to 1900 | Sunday 0800 to 1400

Websitehttps://le-fournil-dausterlitz.business.site/

 

Au Pain de Mon Grand Père

58, rue de la Krutenau
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 59 66
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 0600 to 1900 | Closed on Sundays and Mondays

1, rue des Hallebardes
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 41 29 44
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0730 to 1930 | Sunday 0730 to 1900 

215, route de Mittelhausbergen
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 26 87 44
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0600 to 1900 | Sunday 0600 to 1300

Websitehttp://www.aupaindemongrandpere.com/

 

Du Ble Au Pain

44 Rue Boecklin, Strasbourg, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 37 11 09
Opening Hours:  Mondays – Saturdays  0630 to 1930 | Sundays 0700 to 1230

Websitehttp://www.dubleaupain.com/

 

Boulangerie Patisserie Hanss

24 Rue Saint-Marc, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 12 44
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0600 to 1900 | Saturday 0700 to 1300 | Closed on Sundays

Websitehttp://boulangeriehanss.fr/

Pains Westermann

1 Rue des Orfèvres, Strasbourg, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 22 56 45

Opening Hours: Monday  1000 to 1930 | Tuesday – Thursday  0830 to 1930 | Friday – Saturday  0800 to 1900 | Closed on Sundays

More shopping, got some chocolates at Jacques Bockel.

Jacques Bockel

10 Rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 22 17 47
Opening Hours: Mondays 1300 to 1900 | Tuesdays – Saturdays 1000 to 1230, 1330 to 1900 | Closed on Sundays 

Websitehttp://www.planet-chocolate.com/

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Jacques Bockel Chocolatier

Other Chocolatier recommendation are:

Christian Meyer

10 Rue Mercière, Strasbourg, Grand Est, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 22 12 70

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday; 0700 to 1800

Websitehttps://christian.fr/

Galler

2 Ruelle des Pelletiers, Strasbourg, Grand Est, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 52 02 44

Opening Hours: Monday 1400 to 1900 | Tuesday – Saturday 1000 to 1900

Websitehttps://www.chocolats-galler.fr/

Chocolat Noisette

18 Rue du Faubourg-de-Pierre, Strasbourg, Grand Est, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 22 62 38

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0900 to 1900 | Closed on Sundays

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/chocolatnoisette/

Patisserie Gross

24 Place des Halles, Strasbourg, Grand Est, 67000, France
Tel: +33 3 88 22 22 77

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0900 to 2000

Website: Nil

As I moved on, I passed by the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg. This museum displays the history of the city from the middle ages to the creation of European institutions.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg

Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg

2 rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons, 67076 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 68 98 51 60
Opening Hours: Tuesday  1000 to 1800 | Closed on Mondays

Entrance Fee: € 6.5 

Websitehttps://en.musees.strasbourg.eu/en/historical-museum

Dropped by Église Saint Thomas, formerly a Catholic Church but now it is a Lutheran Church where there is an Organ played by Mozart.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - An Organ Played by Mozart
Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - A closer look of the Organ played by Mozart

Église Saint Thomas

11 Rue Martin Luther, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 14 46
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 1000 to 1700 | Sunday 1200 to 1700

Websitehttp://www.saint-thomas-strasbourg.fr/

Any Strasbourg travel without a visit to Petite France is incomplete. It is located on the western side of the Grande Île. Admire the magnificent half-timbered houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries where fishermen, millers and tanners once lived and worked in. There are many picturesque corners within this area.

Petite France

La Petite France, Strasbourg, France
Tel: +33 3 88 52 28 28

Explored further and I arrived at Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (Modern Arts Museum). 

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg

1 Place Hans-Jean-Arp, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 68 98 51 55
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday  1000 to 1800 | Closed on Mondays

Websitehttps://en.musees.strasbourg.eu/

Next towards the Barrage Vauban. Built around 1690 by Tarade based on the plan provided by military engineer Vauban. 

Visitors to get to the terrace to view the attractive panoramic sight of the layout of the town and its network of canals.

Barrage Vauban

Place du Quartier Blanc, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: Nil
Opening Hours: Daily 0830 to 1600

Followed by Ponts Couverts. A defensive work erected in the 13th century on the River Ill that comprises three bridges and four towers.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Ponts Couverts

Ponts Couverts

Ponts Couverts, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: Nil
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

As I roamed around randomly, I spotted this beautiful sight.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - One of My Favourite view for Day 1

At 1730H

Attended Mass at Église Catholique Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Église Catholique Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux

Église Catholique Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux

Place Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 39 06

Mass: 
Saturday  1730 | Sunday  1000

Websitehttp://www.communaute-des-remparts.org/fr/13796719704832-paroisse-saint-pierre-le-vieux-.html

At 1900H

Dinner at Le Clou, this round finally I get to savour Alsace traditional food. On the menu are Choucroute, Baeckeoffe, Fleischkiechele. 

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat - Choucroute

Choucroute is sour cabbage (French version of sauerkraut) with sausages and other salted meats and charcuterie, and potatoes which was my order. Other Alsace dishes such as the Baeckeoffe, a casserole dish and Fleischkiechele, a meat pie, which I didn’t get to try on this trip.

Le Clou

3 Rue du Chaudron, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 11 67
Opening Hours: Daily  1145 to 1400, 1730 to 0000

Websitehttp://www.le-clou.com/

Headed back to the hotel for a restful night.

DAY TWO, 11 November, Sunday

At 0700H

Checkout and left my luggage with the hotel. Starting my day with breakfast at the Novotel Cafe, since my room included breakfast. 

Novotel Strasbourg Centre Halles Hotel With Good Location - Breakfast

Right after which, I began my day by walking along the river, clockwise. Morning view of autumn with orange, yellow and red leaves of Strasbourg was stunning. Some of the morning views from my morning walk.

Passed by the Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Catholic Church.

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Catholic Church

7 rue Saint Léon, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 43 19

Mass: Saturday 1830 | Sunday  09000 & 1000

Websitehttp://www.paroisse-catholique-stpierre.com/

As I continued my walk, I spotted Reformed Church Saint Paul on my left while I crossed Pont Royal. This is the classic shot most will capture for this church.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Reformed Church Saint Paul

Reformed Church Saint Paul

1 Place du Général Eisenhower, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 35 36 18

Websitehttp://eglise-saint-paul.com/

More church spotting as I strolled. Up next is Paroisse Protestante Saint-Guillaume in Gothic Architecture for the Lutheran domination.

Paroisse Protestante Saint-Guillaume

1 Rue Munch, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 01 36

Websitehttp://www.saint-guillaume.org/

Continued with my journey, I came across Pâtisserie Sébastien Gillmann, though I am still filled from my breakfast, I couldn’t resist the temptation. 

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Pâtisserie Sébastien Gillmann
Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Pastries at Pâtisserie Sébastien Gillmann

Pop into the cafe for a Hazelnut Chocolate Bar with Cappuccino.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Pastries with Cappuccino

Pâtisserie Sébastien Gillmann

20 Quai des Bateliers, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 47 05
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday  0730 to 1900 | Sunday  0730 to 1500 | Closed on Wednesday

Website: Nil

Other recommendation:

Patisserie Christian Strasbourg

10 rue Mercière, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 22 12 70
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday  0730 to 1830 | Closed on Sundays

12 rue de l’Outre 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 04 41
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday  0700 to 1800 | Closed on Sundays

Websitehttps://christian.fr/

Le P’tit Caprice

86 route Polygone Neudorf, 67100 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 34 16 25
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 0600 to 1900 | Saturday 0615 to 1630 | Sunday 0615 to 1300

Websitehttp://le-ptit-caprice.fr/

Complicithé

23 Rue Juifs 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 35 20 44
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 0700 to 1930 | Closed on Sundays

Journey on along the riverside, saw more charming sight.

Then I heard church bell rang, and I went in search of the where the ring came from. Found Église Saint-Louis, part of the Strasbourg Roman Catholic diocese.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Église Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Louis

11 Rue Saint-Louis, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 36 08 42

Mass: Saturday  1700 | Sunday  1000

Websitehttp://www.communaute-des-remparts.org/fr/13796720784832-paroisse-saint-louis-.html

At 1200H

After my Saturday experience, I learnt and made a reservation at Chez Yvonne for my last Alsace meal. I ordered the Coq au Riesling with Spaetzle, killing two birds with one stone. Individually, both are local specialties.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Coq Au Riesling.

It was a shame that I didn’t have the opportunity to try the Tarte Flambee (looks like an extremely thin crust pizza).

At 1330H

On the way back to the hotel, I passed through Kléber square, is part of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. The square is named after General Jean-Baptiste Kléber whose statue is in the middle of the square. Perimeter lines with luxury shops is also home to The Aubette Palace which is known as “the Sistine Chapel of abstract art”.

During Christmas period, a large Christmass Tree will be erected on the square. I saw the tree decorating in progress.

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Kléber square

Aubette Palace

Place Kleber67000, Strasbourg, France
Tel: +33 3 68 98 51 60
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday  1400 to 1800

Websitehttp://www.laubette.com/

Strasbourg Travel, Must See & Do, Must Eat in 28 Hours - Église Saint-Jean

Before ending my Strasbourg Travel, since I have some time and furthermore, Église Saint-Jean is 5 minutes walk from the hotel, I spent some quiet moment at this church.

Église Saint-Jean

13 Quai Saint-Jean, 67000 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 32 17 74

Mass: Sunday  1100 & 1730

Websitehttp://www.communaute-des-remparts.org/fr/13797504974832-agenda-saint-jean-.html

At 1430H

Took a short walk from the hotel to Gare Strasbourg for my train to Lille at 1508H.

At 1508H

Train left for Lille. Till then Strasbourg.

NAHMJ Verdict

Strasbourg Travel though was a short trip, it was wonderful. This town with concentrated places of interest within a centre is best to be discovered by foot.

Strasbourg Travel

How to get there?

By Train and arrived at Gare Strasbourg. If from Paris, take train from Gare de l’Est

When to go?

December – For the Christmas Market

Spring – View the nests of Storks at Parc de l’Orangerie

Summer – For the light show at the Vauban Dam, Place du Château and the Place de l’Université

Link to check out before you go:

Train – https://en.oui.sncf/en/

Tourism office – https://www.tourisme-alsace.com/en/strasbourg-tourism/

Real-time Train Arrival and Departure Information – https://www.b-europe.com/EN/Real-time