Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to share my visit to Strasbourg, a city known for its Christmas market. Even though I visited here little bit before the Christmas season, the city seemed to be busy preparing Christmas, one of the biggest festivals in town of the year.
From Karlsruhe (German city) where I visited to meet my friend, it took me less than one hour to get to Strasbourg by train. I stayed in Strasbourg for one night since I also wanted to visit Colmar, which is a neighboring city of Strasbourg. Which means that I had one day in Strasbourg and one afternoon in Colmar. There are many things to see in the town, but only to see the highlights of the cities, two days seemed to be perfect. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t my side, it rained so it was colder than I thought and I couldn’t have enough time to stroll around the town. Still, the town was amazing and the scenery with rain was unforgettable.
It was easy to find a big Christmas tree in the center of the town. During the christmas season, christmas market will be held here. I wish I could visit again in Christmas season to see the big tree.
Things to see
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
This is a must see landmark in town. This gothic style architecture is outstanding. Today, this is the sixth-tallest church in the world It is said that it took more than 400 years to complete. It’s been 580 years since its construction (1439). The cathedral was incredible and inspiring even though I wasn’t a christian. Don’t miss out astronomical clock inside the church.
This is the central square of the city. The square named after General Jean-Baptiste Kléber who was born in Strasbourg. As a center of the commercial area, this is where you should go to shop. This area is also classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Here you can also find the Christmas Tree.
Located next to the Cathedral, Palais Rohan welcomes its visitors with its Baroque style architecture. It was a former residence of French noble family. Inside the palace, there are three museums; musée des beaux-arts, musée des arts décoratifs and musée archéologique. Most museums cost € 6.5, so if you think you would visit more than two museums daily pass would be more economic. (1 day-pass : € 12, 3 days-pass : € 18).
This is one of the most beautiful areas in Strasbourg. Thanks to its amazing view, this area is beloved by locals and tourists. It looks like a town in a fairy tale. Series of half-timbered homes are placed alongside the canal, the cobblestone streets, fine dinings will complete your trip. Everywhere is picturesque in this area, and you wouldn’t stop taking pictures.
Strasbourg is easy to look around with its various transportation. Run by CTS, ticket valids inside Strasbourg and Kehl (a German city). Different types of tickets are available depending on your need. I bought 24H-TRIO for €6.90 which offers unlimited rides upto three people in the metropolitan area. I rode tram many times because it was a good way to look around the town. For more information about the ticket price, click here.
In Strasbourg, I stayed in Hôtel ibis Styles Strasbourg Centre Petite-France. The accommodation was near from the train station ( about 10 mins by foot), so we dropped by there before looking around the town. As you probably seen my previous hotel review Ibis Paris CDG, the facilities and breakfast were similar.
Similar to Strasbourg, Colmar is also a touristic city in northeastern France . This town is also known for Bartholdi, a sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. Unique and colorful houses in Colmar also inspired Miyazaki, a Japanese animation director, who studied architecture and surroundings here. In his animation called Howl’s Moving Castle, he showed Colmar. You could recognize it if you see that.
Since I had only one afternoon here, I took a mini train to look around the town. The price of the ticket is € 7 and it it departs every 30 mins. It’s a good way to see the highlights of the town. But since the town is quite small, it’s not that worth to ride it.
Things to see
La Petite Venise
La Petite Venise is similar to Petite France in Strasbourg. Streets full of cobblestones and houses were gorgeous. Even though I was looking at it, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t take my eyes off from this fantastic view.
This museum is dedicated to the sculptor Bartholdi, who was born in Colmar. The museum was built in his birthplace, and present the artist’s works. It opens at 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00-18:00 and it costs € 7. Since he’s one of the important person from the town, in the center of the town you may find his statue.
In Colmar, there are two churches with unique feature :Dominican Church and St.Martin Church. They are close to each other, so don’t miss out to see them.
Things to eat
The two Alsatian cities are in France but their food is a bit away from French cuisine. Most of them include potatoes and the portion of the food was huge. I got the impression they were rather German food. I had potato gratin with duck, Pork leg with potatoes with crémant. The food was a bit greasy for me so it went really well with sparkling crémant. I also tried other Alsatian cuisine like tarte flambee (bacon and onion tarte) or sausages, but most food were too heavy for me. Probably to deal with cold weather in Alsace, heavy food should be a must not an option.
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Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Address : Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Address : 67000 Strasbourg, France
Address : 2 Place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Address : 30 Rue des Marchands, 68000 Colmar, France
Address : 18 Place de la Cathédrale, 68000 Colmar, France
Address : Place des Dominicains, 68000 Colmar, France