The first city in the world to be named a World Heritage Site, compare holidays to Strasbourg and discover its charm and fascinating history. Located in the Alsace region of France, holidays to Strasbourg from Stansted are great for pleasant cultural excursions, delicious regional cuisine and relaxing canal side jaunts.
Known for its stunning old-world buildings and as the seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is a unique and peaceful location to spend your holidays. Soak up the mediaeval history of the city by wandering around the Grand Île (or city centre) and discover just why it was elevated to UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988. From the Gothic countenance of the huge Cathedral and the opulence of the Palais Rohan to the twisted coloured houses that line the canals, each section of the city has its own story to tell.
The Petits France quarter is a mix of canals, locks and narrow streets featuring stunningly preserved 16th and 17th century buildings. The former location of much of Strasbourg’s trade, it is now a popular place for a summer evening stroll and a drink in one of the waterside restaurants. For more outdoor activities, head to the Jardin des Deux Rivers which is shared with the neighbouring city of Kehl across the German border. The former site of customs posts, it is now a 60 hectare green space with a sleek suspension bridge at its centre.
If you travel to Strasbourg during the festive season, the celebrated open-air Christmas markets in the various squares are the ideal place to get in the spirit and pick up a keepsake or two. The city is also known for its Alsatian cuisine however there are a variety of gourmet and more relaxed restaurants throughout.
Whether you take in the authority of the European Parliament building or wander through the medieval streets, holidays to Strasbourg promise a cultural journey of a historically and politically important city.