Strasbourg is a great short trip for a day or weekend.
We parked in a public lot and crossed the river to walk towards the cathedral.
They call this district La Petite France because it retains the Alsatian charm of when where artisans plied their trades here in the Middle Ages. I’m sure it’s really beautiful in summer.
We were excited to find Place Gutenberg right away and got a picture with the statue of Gutenberg holding the Bible.
There are oodles of cafes and shops on the streets around the cathedral.
I didn’t much care for the feel of the city. It doesn’t hold the magic of other French towns we’ve been to. I don’t care about the touristy booths and shops.
We ate lunch at Zuem Strissel. We never researched anything and just chose at random.
It was pretty good. Our waiter was hilarious and a tease. His name was Alexander and was delighted to share a name with our son. He even gifted Alex a wine glass after learning Alex loved the shape and green stem.
Liz’s steak was a dream.
After lunch, we visited the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.
How we do love gargoyles.
We chose not to pay to see the astronomical clock function on the hour (mostly because we didn’t feel like waiting around another hour).
We got to see the clock just fine inside the cathedral.
Open every day
7 a.m. to 11.20 a.m.
0.35 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
No visits during services.
4.60 Euros for adults
2.30 Euros for under 18
On the way back to the car, Katie wanted to buy a baguette.
She popped into this darling bakery, greeted the madame, ordered her baguette, and paid – all in French!
Makes this mama proud to have culturally aware kiddos.
There are some other churches worth seeing and some lovely museums, but we only came to see the cathedral.
Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament, which it shares with Brussels. We passed the modern building as we left the city.
Strasbourg is about 2 hours from Ramstein and almost 3 hours from Spangdahlem.
See our entire Black Forest Weekend Itinerary.