Strasbourg is a beautiful city in the Alsace region or France and is a beautiful place to stay and explore the Alsace Lorraine valley. A French city which stretches into Germany it will be of no surprise to you that this city has been the location of many conflicts over the thousand years.
Now firmly a French city, you will still hear both French and German speaking inhabitants, as the city has now merged with Kehl, on the German side of the river Rhine. The single currency has made life far easier for people to work either side of the bridge, and to do their shopping where they want and the city should be celebrated for its metropolitan feel.
At the centre of the city is the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral, which is surrounded by the oldest area of the city, the Grande Île, which was the first city centre area to be classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Outside of the city there is plenty to do, and whether you choose to visit the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, see the various vineyards in the region, or simply cross into neighbouring Kehl, you’ll not be short of things to do.
Those with an interest in the World Wars will also find this area interesting, with a huge range of museums, monuments, graveyards and historical sites to look around.
Things to do when hiring a car in Strasbourg
When you choose to hire a car in Strasbourg you have a lot to choose from, both in neighbouring Germany and in France itself. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do if you hire a car.
With over 900 years of history, if the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle could speak, you’d hear a quite extraordinary story. The mountain fortress is really the last thing you’d expect to find on the top of the hill, and after a long winding drive through the trees to the top, you’ll be amazed at the sheet scale and size of what you see.
The castle has been built, burnt down, built, blown down and built again, making it bigger and stronger each time. During the 30 years war the Swedish army burnt it to the ground, only for the building to be reconstructed again.
The castle has been used by the Germans to prove that Alsace was German territory and has changed hands on a number of occasions between different countries.
The Alsatian Vineyard Route
The Alsatian vineyard route stretches from the South to the North of the country, and encompasses four different regions. The route takes in 67 different towns and villages and must be completed with a car. The route takes in a number of perfectly preserved ancient wine villages and is a must see for wine enthusiasts.
A city in the Alsace region, Colmar is famous for being the last city to be returned to France at the end of the Second World War
Of particular interest is an area of the city called little Venice, with a range of beautiful streets lined with canals, like the city in Italy.
A small town in the Alsace region, Kaysersberg had a prominent role in the region during the Middle Ages. You can visit the towns fortress still today.
Kaysersberg is particularly popular was Alsatian Festivals, which are held in the town throughout the year.
A stunning little walled town in the region, Riqueqihr insists that visitor’s park outside the town walls. Residents and visitors enter through gates in the walls, many under watch towers. With a range of restaurants serving both French and German speciality food you can find something for everyone here.