The Alsace region, and Strasbourg particularly, borrows the best bits from its close neighbours the Germans, while still feeling very French. Here you'll find warming Christmas markets, cosy winstubs (pubs) and Bavarian style timbered houses, but also a grand Gothic cathedral beloved by Victor Hugo, a quintessentially French canal and a medieval hospital with a wine cellar to rival a palace. The city is compact and most of the best places to stay in Strasbourg are close to all the major attractions.
Strasbourg's Grande Île, the old town centre, is packed with so much unique Alsacien charm that was the first city centre to be Heritage Listed by UNESCO - in its entirety. This is where you'll find the grand Cathedral, with its 142 metre tower, the highest cathedral tower in France. Inside is the Astrometric Clock, a 300 year old working marvel. The Grande Île is also where you'll find the Palais des Rohan, a beautiful palace now home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum, the Baroque Opera House and the Alsacien Museum. And it's squares and narrow streets are pleasingly lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Just south of Grande Île, between the two rivers, is Petit France, and this is another particularly photogenic part of town, packed with half-timbered gems following narrow streets. These treasures are partly why Strasbourg appeals to so many travellers, so if you visit in summer, or during any of the festivals - and Strasbourg hosts a lot of festivals, be prepared for the day tripping crowds. Strasbourg is at its most beautiful in the morning and of a lantern-lit-evening though, so you'll be pleased if you do stay for more than just a day.
Of course modern Strasbourg is probably most famous for the role it plays within the EU, as the shared seat of the European Parliament, and home of the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. This might make it sound like a dry destination for visitors, but it's meant this city has received generous investment. And this, plus the number of universities and students Strasbourg fits, actually makes it feel younger, more lively and relevant. Rather than just being a pretty blend of the best of French and German tastes and flavours!
An Art Nouveau townhouse with lots of character. Contemporary classic rooms and suites with all the mod cons and sophisticated furnishings. Close to the river and all the attractions. A great spot for foodies to explore the restaurants around.
A Michelin recommended restaurant with charming rooms. Fantastic gourmet cuisine, lovely rooms and suites. Stone courtyard and sitting room. A great spot for a gourmet stop over.
Fantastic hotel on the river with a state of the art spa. Rooms and suites in classic contemporary style and all the mod cons. Excellent cuisine and a large choice of champagne, extensive pampering, and wonderful riverside surroundings. For the luxury traveller.
A Louis XV style building with contemporary classic interiors and a charming tea salon. Beautiful light and airy bedrooms have all the mod cons and a romantic charm. A lively bar makes this a very cool spot.