This is the most picturesque and romantic district of Strasbourg. The alleys offer a succession of old half-timbered houses and, thanks to canals, the river Ill gives visitors the feeling of strolling in Venice. Fluvial tours of 70 minutes with explanations in several languages are available.
This is one of the major political centres of the European Union, with the Council of Europe, the Palace of Human Rights and the European Parliament all clustered close to the Rhine. Visits are upon reservation only, but even a walk around those huge buildings is worth seeing.
Luxury shops and little boutiques cater to all tastes in the historical centre, a semi-pedestrian precinct, which is Strasbourg’s main shopping area. Rue des Grandes Arcades, between Place Kléber and Place Gutenberg, is, along with Grand’rue, your best bet for clothes, gifts and decoration. All the alleys starting from these streets are chock full of small shops.
Visitors would regret leaving the Strasbourg region without paying a visit to the Riesling, Sylvaner and other Tokay pinot gris vineyards, which stretch around the city. Cellars sell their own wines after tasting, and prices are generally cheaper than in wine shops of the centre.
The dizzying variety, high qulality and delicious flavours of the cheeses at La Cloche à Fromage has earned it a reputation as one of the premier cheese shops in the area. The selection can be sorted by the type of milk used, the region of the country it's from, and even by seasonal specialties.
If you're looking to buy books during your time in Strasbourg, there is only one place you should go: Librairie Quai des Brumes. As famous for the great selection of books as for the attentive and warm personnel, this is a "general" independent bookshop, meaning that you can find books on all kinds of topics.
Strasbourg Airport is located 18 kilometres southwest of the city centre. A shuttle train stops at the airport and takes you to Strasbourg Station. The journey to Strasbourg Station takes 9 minutes and the train leaves up to 4 times every hour. Car rental companies are represented at the airport. Two of them are: Avis +33 3 88 68 82 53 Budget +33 820 61 17 00
There is a possibility to buy a combination ticket for bus and tram. Another cheap way of travelling is to buy 24-hour travel cards. With 430 kilometres, the cycle path network is very well developed and you can also rent bicycles. CTS (buses and tram): +33 3 88777070 www.cts-strasbourg.fr Velocation (bicycle renting): +33 3 88235675 www.velo-strasbourg.com