Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France is one of my favorite cities to visit with family & friends that visit Germany. It’s a beautiful & historically rich & relevant town in the Alsace region and luckily for me – only about a 2.5 hour drive from where our family lives in Baden-Wurtemberg. Needless to say, that’s exactly where I took my family when we visited Germany this summer!
Our first stop was Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. If you decide to visit this amazing town, you must also visit the cathedral. Aside from it’s impressive age (it was started in 1224) it features an incredible historic timeline of art. You’ll notice Romanesque, Gothic, and even some Renaissance architectural influences.
If that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, maybe the stained glass windows will catch your fancy. The cathedral has one of the oldest stained glass windows you’ll find. And let me tell you, this picture does NOT do it justice. It’s insanely impressive and to quote my husband: “This looks like it’s straight out of a video game!”
I won’t bore you with a billion pics (although, I do have them) so this is my last part about the cathedral. It’s home to one of the largest (18 meters) most intricate, beautiful, and still accurate! astronomical clocks in the world. It’s said to be more of a “computer” than a clock because it’s accuracy requires advanced mathematical knowledge to work!
Le Tigre in Petite France
After spending a few hours touring and marveling in the cathedral, we started to look for a nice place to eat & have a drink. At 90 degrees outside we wanted something light & cool! We started walking and ended up in Petite France where we found Le Tigre – a craft brewery & restaurant. We tried a few craft brews but LOVED the Tigre Bock Extra Malt. A 5.8% amber bock with notes of rich malt & caramel.
My husband & youngest daughter love their burgers and it was no different here. They both couldn’t stop raving over the fries & the mustard/mayo dip – they were delicious! And according to both, the burger was on point too! Something I think my husband didn’t expect out of a French Craft Brewery.
I had the most iconic food Strasbourg has to offer: Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée. It literally translates to “Pie baked in flames” and is one of my favorite fall dishes. I like a glass of rosé with mine because it’s light & a great balance to the food. It was created by the people of Baden to test the heat of their wood fire ovens 😉
Something so simple to make has an incredible taste. Sure, there’s char on the crust – after all it’s wood fired – but in my humble opinion, it’s what gives Flammkuchen it’s signature taste. Usually, you’ll find some creme as a base, onions, Gruyere, and bacon. There are variations with different cheeses, mushrooms, veggies, and flavors that also taste incredible. I’d highly recommend you at least try it once.
La Petite France
After our late lunch we continued our stroll through the city and admired the “Fachwerk Houses”, the cobblestone streets and the way history & modernism blends together in this marvelous city. Walking along the little river flowing through the town, we would have loved to take a boat tour but sadly didn’t have enough time. We did however, have time to stop at the market and browse all of their fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, knick-knacks, flowers, & more! We definitely should have allotted more time to sight-see but we will be back for sure.
What Should You See & Do In Strasbourg?
- The Cathedral
- Boat Tour
- Alsace Wine Road Bike Tour (If you stay a few days)
- Eat Flammkuchen
- Sit outside a cafe and enjoy the afternoon with pastries & coffee
- Palais Rohan
- Alsatian Museum
Best part? You can walk to all of them. Yep. Super easy – One of the things I love the most. If you don’t want to walk, you can always use the little trains that run through the city but you might wait longer and miss the cute atmosphere you’d experience if you explore on foot!
If you’ve ever been – What’s your favorite part of Strasbourg?
What would you like to learn more about?
What city should we visit next?