Strasbourg

Strasbourg
25th February 2020 Safer Travel

Strasbourg


Strasbourg is the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It’s also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences.


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Details


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  • Emergency Services: 112
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Country Code: FR
  • Travel Visa: None required
  • Population: 272,166

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 31%
Pickpickets 56%
Mugging 18%
Common Crimes 32%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

Emergencies


For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.

Hospitals

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Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg

Tourist Offices

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Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg

Travelling Around


Visitors can use everything from rental cars to their own two feet to get to where they want to go.  The best way to experience Strasbourg is to combine methods, using driving and buses for times when convenience is key and walking and trolleys when there is room for a more leisurely pace.

Airports

Strasbourg International Airport is the main airport serving Strasbourg. Click the text below to visit the website.

Strasbourg International Airport

Train Stations

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Gare de Strasbourg

Strasbourg Safety

  • How can I keep up with the local news?

    Strasbourg has local news media outlets. Click the text below to visit their website.

    Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace

    The Local

  • What are the common crimes?

    Another very docile area for tourists that poses very few particular threats outside the remit of one’s standard precautions. Pickpockets can operate around the cathedral, but little else of note in one of the safest cities in Europe.

Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Annual Events


Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Events

Christmas Market

As it is only a small city, there are only the Christmas markets to really attract visitors with regards annual events worth seeing. As with any Christmas market in this area of Europe, the Strasbourg offering is as magnificent, enjoyable, and memorable as any other: the food, souvenirs, and atmosphere is well worth experiencing, and in the cathedral’s shadow, this set of markets is particularly photogenic.

Bastille Day

National Day commemorates  the fall of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. The event is celebrated with a great firework display.

Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Strasbourg, France, that focus on fantasy, science fiction and horror films.

Jazzdor (Jazz d’Or)

Jazzdor is an annual music festival with the best European, especially French, contemporary jazz players. It has over 30 concerts in 10 different locations with plenty of different nationalities.

 

Strasbourg Highlights

  • Where is great to eat?

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    Au Crocodile

    Habibi Strasbourg

    Skaechele

    Restaurant Gavroche

    Le Jasmin

  • What are the highlight attractions?

    Maison Kammerzell

    Near the Place de la Cathédrale is another of Strasbourg’s most important sites, the Maison Kammerzell. This building (now a hotel with a renowned restaurant, located opposite the Tourist Office) is the finest old burgher’s house in the city. Considered a gem of Alsatian architecture, the Kammerzell House features a stone-built ground floor, half-timbered upper floors, traditional leaded windows, and rich carved ornamentation. The building’s ground floor with its carved stone arches served as a space where merchants sold their wares during the 15th century. Another interesting half-timbered house located in the area (at the Place de la Cathédrale and Rue Mercière) is the Pharmacie du Cerf. This building was constructed in 1567 on a site that has been a pharmacy since 1268. Nearby on the Rue des Juifs are the ruins of the ancient Roman fort, giving visitors a sense of the city’s cultural heritage that dates back two millennia.

    Eglise de Saint-Thomas

    The Church of Saint-Thomas is located on the site of an ancient church built in the early 6th century, dedicated to the Apostle Saint Thomas. After being destroyed by fire, the Church of Saint-Thomas was rebuilt in the 12th century. Strasbourg residents fondly call this church the “petite fille de la cathédrale” (“daughter of the cathedral”). The building exemplifies the Alsatian Gothic style of architecture with five naves of equal height. The choir houses a magnificent Baroque mausoleum of the Maréchal de Saxe, who was famous for his distinguished career in the military. During its 800-year-history, the Church of Saint-Thomas has been most renowned for the role it played during the Protestant Reformation of Alsace. The church was a centre of the Lutheran movement in the region. The church has a clock, which for 400 years has struck the hours four minutes too soon-to make itself heard before the Cathedral clock strikes. The church is still used as a Protestant house of worship and offers religious services every Sunday morning as well as daily at noon.

    Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune

    The Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune was founded in the 7th century as a Merovingian chapel. In the 11th century, the chapel was turned into a Romanesque church and that was transformed into a Gothic-style church during the 13th and 14th centuries. The church nave features beautiful vaulting with carved consoles depicting a lion to represent Saint Mark and a man slaying a dragon. The cloister of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune dates back to the 11th century and is the only entirely preserved ancient cloister in Strasbourg. During the Reformation (beginning in 1524), the Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune became a Protestant house of worship and since then has been used for both Protestant and Catholic worship. The Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune is still an important Protestant church in Strasbourg and offers traditional religious services, concerts, and celebrations.
  • Where else is great to visit?

    Petite France

    Located on the aforementioned La Grande Île (main island), this area of the city is home to the most charming throwback to the Middle Ages with timbered houses, cascading canals, cobbled streets, and essentially everything that springs to mind when one pictures France in centuries past. Home to many cafés and restaurants, the picturesque quarter is ideal for a summer’s afternoon.

    Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg

    Undoubtedly the essential item on any itinerary of Strasbourg is the cathedral; standing at 142m, it is the world’s sixth tallest church, and was the world’s tallest structure until 1874. A truly magnificent piece of Gothic architecture; one cannot help but stand in awe of the sheer scale of it, and especially given the very antiquated and small buildings in the rest of the city, it is visible from any point in the city, or, indeed, from even farther afield. Consequently, the church has received glowing praise from many luminaries of French and German culture, and one must make a point to see it if anywhere near the region, let alone just being in Strasbourg. Be sure to also see the astronomical clock inside, and marvel at a 300 year old timepiece still function.