The Top 5 Things to Do in Strasbourg During a Barge Holiday in France

If you’re planning a barge holiday in France, our classic cruise through Alsace and Lorraine passes through this historic city. Read on for our five favourite activities in Strasbourg (all of which are available on our classic cruise) and prepare for a barge holiday in France you’ll never forget.

Panache cruising in the canals of France

1) See the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

The Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, also known as the Strasbourg Cathedral, is a Gothic pink sandstone church that dates back to the twelfth century. Here you’ll be able to see a soaring spire, a breath-taking astronomical Renaissance clock, gorgeous stained-glass windows and so much more, as well as soak up the fascinating history of a basilica that is one of the city’s most important religious and cultural monuments.

Strasbourg Cathedral - Barge Holiday in France

2) Sample Some Flammekueche

For many, food is the best part of a barge holiday in France – and Strasbourg won’t disappoint. Make sure you sample flammekeuche (literally ‘flame pastry’), a dish that is one of the most popular specialties of the Alsace region. It comprises of bread dough that has been rolled into the shape of an oval or rectangle and then smothered in lardons, crème fraiche or fromage blanc and sliced onions.

Flammekueche

3) Stroll Through Storybook La Petite France

La Petite France is a lovely pedestrian area of Strasbourg that features boutique shops, cafes and quaint half-timbered houses. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot in the city to wander through and explore.

4) Explore the Grande Ile

The Grande Ile is home to Strasbourg’s city centre, and has even been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions and is the ideal spot to truly immerse yourself in the municipality’s history.

Grande Ile - Strasbourg - Barge Holidays in France

5) Take a Day Trip on the Alsace Wine Route

Though the Alsace Wine Route is 170 kilometres, you can do a portion of it on a day trip. It begins right near Strasbourg and carries on through towns such as Bergheim, Riquewhir and Colmar. No matter how far you decided to go, one thing is for certain: you’ll sample some of France’s best wines this way.

Whether you’re interested in city centres or wine tours, Strasbourg has something for everyone. Join us on our classic cruise and experience this barge holiday in France for yourself – European Waterways style.

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