Strasbourg

Summer Weekend in Strasbourg

If someone asked us where I though the heart of Europe was we would say, without pausing: Strasbourg. It is, to us it is the epitome of old world charm, atmosphere and character.

The Alsace region is just so special – no wonder the Germans and French fought over it for hundreds of years. Strasbourg is like the gateway city across the Rhine showcasing the best of French wines and German Beer. Not to mention the food! -but more on that later.

Things to see in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is an amazing weekender destination, with enough to pack a weekend! In the summer time there is an amazing light show on the cathedral walls, with music, artistically portraying the history of the Strasbourg cathedral. It was the tallest in Christendom for a long time. The Crypts and astrological clock are somethings to marvel at inside the Dom.

There are riverboat cruises travelling constantly around the Isle of the city. The boat cruise takes you all the way up to the European Court of Human Rights. It gives you some nice narrated history and you really get to experience all of the areas of Strasbourg.

The most famous area of Strasbourg is the Petite France. Why is it called little France? Well apparently it was where all the dirty and diseased people lived – I think it was occupied by Germany when this area was named!

There are vast amounts of museums to keep you amused, from music to culture, to art.

The Christmas markets are said to be amazing – It’s on our wishlist!

Food in Strasbourg

Flammkuchen is the traditional lunchtime snack in Strasbourg. It comes from the traditional leftovers from the day: the leftover bread dough to make the base (like a pizza); the leftover creme fraiche from the mornings’ making butter; leftover pork and spring onion. Combine together it makes a wonderful fresh but creamy deliciousness!

Pork Knuckle – A Germanic staple, with lashings of Dauphinoise potatoes giving it that french touch.

Guwurztraminer – a light white wine, from the Alsace region with the hintest of sparkle.

Beer – There is a selection of largers (Kronenbourg) and some heavier brown beers as well. We found one called Fishers that was very nice and smooth!

We ate two nights at Le Tire-bouchon – a typical Alsacian restaruant. I can also recommend Le Gruber. It has great atomsphere.

Hotel

We splashed out a bit on this trip. We stayed in one of the nicest hotels in the city called Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg. It was formally the stables of the Polish King, who sent his daughter to marry one of the French princes.

It was renovated recently and turned into a small boutique hotel.