It is that time of year again where spirits are high and everyone is upbeat. Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are stuck on where to get into the Christmas spirit, Strasbourg figures very high on our list of recommendations.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about Strasbourg, here is a quick virtual tour of the city. By the end of the tour, you might find yourself on the next plane to this marvellous, iconic city.
The city is the heart of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in the northern part of France, close to the German border, and plays a host to the European Parliament.
The city’s medieval overture makes it a popular destination for tourists across the globe. It is rich in historic and architectural sites to visit, with the spectacular Gothic Cathedral being probably the most notable place.
Strasbourg is particularly special during the Christmas period and anyone looking for a festive atmosphere will not be disappointed.
The Best Christmas Market In Europe
Strasbourg boasts of housing the earliest Christmas market in the world. The Christmas market debuted way back in 1507, and more than 500 years later, there are roughly 300 chalets around several markets in the city. Probably the most picturesque one takes place by the breathtaking Cathedral, which seems to towers above the city.
The Christmas stalls are full of treats, such as regional delicacies, mulled wine, crafts and decorations accompanied by the typical Alsatian warmness and generosity.
When the Christmas market opens in Strasbourg, the city gains a new set of lights. Ten kilometers of garlands light up the city leading to the Great Christmas Tree. The tree is the jewel of the festivities.
Walking down the alleys, lit up by garlands and medieval houses with decorated facades, is a wonderful experience and one that will make you want to come back there next time Christmas comes.